Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapter #19 Review


Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 17, 2016

I am back again and want to jump right into this next arc of The Legend of Wonder Woman.  I gave last chapter a perfect 10/10 because...well, because I did!  I loved the issue so much as we finally saw Diana become Wonder Woman, but as always, it was Etta Candy that stole the show.  Diana's best friend gave her her name, secret identity outfit and the chapter ended with Etta finally perfecting the Wonder Woman outfit, which we had to wait to see in this chapter.  More important than anything else, Etta gave Diana the push for Wonder Woman to be the hero that the world so desperately needed.  Renae De Liz was being humble when she told me that "Etta wrote herself" (yes, that is a bit of name dropping) because she is really giving fans one of the best characters in comics today.  Unfortunately, the book isn't called,"The Legend of Etta Candy" so the focus goes back on Diana in this chapter.  Now that Wonder Woman is out and about, is the book still one of my favorites?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with the narration of a wartime newsreel as we see all the good that Wonder Woman is doing. The scene we see is the liberation of Paris and De Liz goes off the beaten path by showing Wonder Woman save many a life from German snipers using her gold bracelet sand lasso.  Oh yea, we also get to see Etta's costume in all it's glory and it's...fabulous!!!  (two snaps and a swirl worth right there!)  I loved it so much, but I also loved how De Liz stresses that while Wonder Woman wears the American Flag as a skirt, she is a hero for the World and then goes out and proves just that.

We then shift to something we haven't really seen yet...the German point of view.  Yea, we've seen the Duke and a bunch of zombie Nazis, but here we head off to an inner sanctum meeting and see that the Nazi brass have been watching the same newsreel we were.  They don't think she is so fabulous.  In fact, one of the people in the meeting thinks Wonder Woman looks outright gaudy.  The best part is, that person is...I'm not going to tell you.  It's such a huge spoiler and one of my favorite parts of the issue and I want you all to find out on your own.

I will tell you that the Duke of Deception is in the house and the Nazi's aren't so happy with him.  Actually, both parties spell out their teamup is only out of convenience and the meeting ends with the Duke promising (maybe more to himself?) that he will bring Wonder Woman down.  

Back in France, we meet back up with Wonder Woman and ETTA CANDY!!!  Etta is as great as ever as she tells Diana to get on the Steve Trevor trolley and gives her the perfect opportunity to do just that...a gala is being held in Paris and Etta is performing.  Steve Trevor will be there and so will Steve Trevor, Lawrence Stone and Pamela Smuthers.  I know, the last one's a bummer, but should lead to a whole bunch of fun.

We don't have to wait until then to have fun, however, as Etta asks to borrow a piece of Wonder Woman's equipment to hilarious results.  She may be a star in my eyes, but she is better off keeping both her feet on solid ground!  The issue ends with some ominous talk about the Duke of Deception and an emergency popping up that demands Wonder Woman's attention.

This is the beginning of the next phase of the story so there is a bit of setup going on.  However, seeing Wonder Woman kicking butt, the Nazi's reaction to her and possibly the first look at a huge villain overshadowed any negative you could possibly get from the word "setup".

The art was as good as usual which means it was awesome.  The nerve of De Liz and Dillon making such a great looking book seem so commonplace.  Without a ton of action, the focus is all on the characters and the characters in this book look great...especially the mysterious one I'm not mentioning.

Bits and Pieces:

De Liz and Dillon have done it again.  They shift into the next part of Diana's life and we get the best of the past (Etta, the Duke of Deception...) and the hint at some new stuff that will blow your mind.  Yes, this issue is setup, but as usual, I love everything it sets up and continue to recommend this book to every single person out there.


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