Friday, May 6, 2016

The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapter #22 Review

The Butler Did It!

Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 7, 2016

Boy, that last chapter kind of changed things up a tiny bit, huh?  If you haven't read it yet, go and do so now so I can talk about it without the worry of spoiling it.  Okay, now that we are all on the same page...WTF?!?!?  Diana is no longer Wonder Woman???  Now that is a shocker I never saw coming!  If I had a nickle for every time I've said that, I'd be a rich man, but I mean it this time.  Not only did Renae De Liz show us that everything up until this point was interconnected in a way I didn't realize, we ended with Diana saying no to Zeus and paying the price.  Yea, that price might be a happy life, but...WTF?!?!?!  So, let's just jump into this chapter and see what the hell is going on.

The chapter opens at the big Gala we've heard so much about and yes, Diana is still a "normal" human being.  She's on the arm of Steve Trevor, but the star (as usual) is Etta Candy!  That darned Pamela Smuthers is already performing and I don't care if Steve gives her his seal of approval, I'm with Etta...the girl is a snake!  When duty calls Steve away, we get some patented Etta-Diana interaction that has made this series so good.

This is a pretty pivotal scene as we see that Diana is still a fish out of water (maybe more do without her gifts) but is determined to still be the world's champion.  That is put on hold for the moment as Pamela is once again, trying to sabotage the Holliday Girls.

The Girls performance has been moved up and they are not at all ready to perform.  Luckily, Diana knows the routine and a young rascal of an aspiring actor is there to lend a helping hand as well.  While it may be the most forced cameo of the series yet, it fit the story and made me chuckle.  I like to chuckle!!!  The Holliday Girls do perform their song and it ends with a big impromptu bang that puts Diana front and center. As they say, all is well that ends well, except that the issue ends with Steve Trevor getting his wish to fly again, but under circumstances that are very familiar and personal to Diana.

This chapter is the start of a new arc and is a lot of setup.  Well, setup and a musical number by Etta and the Holliday Girls.  Like I said, there is a fun little cameo and the issue ends with darkness on the horizon, but besides that, not a whole lot happens here.  I'm not saying it is a bad issue because I don't think that exists in this series...just a lull in the action.  On second thought, after what happened last chapter and what the cliffhanger promises ahead, I'll consider this just a time to catch our collective breath.

The art makes up for a lot of that, however.  The big draw here is seeing the Louvre (unless I'm a big dummy) as the setting and one panel pops out...a slightly out of focus look at the ceiling paintings.  It really blew me away and De Liz and Dillon slip it in there like it ain't no thang!  Believe me, it is a thang!  Head to the mic drop room guys, you deserve it.

Bits and Pieces:

This chapter presents an intermission complete with a lovely song by the Holliday Girls.  If the word on the street is correct, we are about to see some big ramifications of Diana's choice last chapter and with Steve Trevor flying off into danger, it just got even more personal for Diana.  This chapter is a very quick read with the usual excellent art and a cameo of a much loved character.  It may be a lull, but still take it any day and twice on Sundays!


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