Friday, May 6, 2016

The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapter 23 Review

Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 14, 2016

I am almost caught up with Legend of Wonder Woman and while that may not matter to you guys out there, it is so huge for me.  Why?  Because once I'm caught up, I can start telling everyone on the podcast how great it is! Yep, this week will be the first time in a long time that I'll be talking about this book in our Digital Spotlight segment and if you don't know what that is, then start a listening HERE.  Unlike this book, it is not appropriate for all ages (LANGUAGE!), doesn't have great art (or any, for that matter) and is not up for an Eisner.  Boy, that is not the advertisement I dreamt it would be.  Oh well, at least you will get to hear my smooth tones as I gush about this book because I will gush about it, believe you me.  Now that I'm done begging, I will do what I came here to do, review The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapter #23.  I mentioned in my review for the last chapter that last issue was a bit of a breather before what looks to be some pretty dark times for Diana and her compatriots.  There is word of a Titan entering the war and if you have been keeping up with the series, you know that means bad news for the Allies...and the world.  Normally, I'd say that Wonder Woman would take care of the problem, but right now, there is no Wonder Woman!  There is just a bespeckled Diana Prince and while she looked incredible in her red sequined dress last chapter, I don't think the Titan is going to care much about such things.  He should, but we all know he won't.  So, who is going to save the day and will it be a good read?  I have a couple of guesses, so let's see if I'm right...

The story opens up with Diana and Etta sitting all alone at Bazenville Airfield and with all the planes gone, it's a pretty lonely site.  It's obvious that Diana regrets her decision to defy Zeus (obvious because she says so!), but Etta is there to make her feel better and make me laugh out loud.  Here they are, talking about ancient Greek gods and the fate of the world and Etta tells asks Diana, "Who wants some super old man telling you what to do with your life?"  Classic.  If only Diana could have had a Twisted Sister pin on her uniform, it would have been a perfect scene...but that really makes no sense whatsoever! What also doesn't makes sense is that I told you that all the planes were gone from the airfield because there is still one plane left.  It's a familiar one and my hopes and dreams from a couple chapters ago are about to be fulfilled.

The Holliday Girls might be the best spies in Europe.  I still have no real clear idea how they even got there and since arriving have been snooping around everywhere.  That's how we find out that the super top secret bomber is still in it's hanger.  Luckily, it's the one that Steve Trevor showed Diana how to fly (he's a great teacher and she's an outstanding student) and so it's off to Svalbard to catch up with Steve and the other allied troops. 

The biggest thing in the chapter happens on the way, however.  While they are flying, they come across an Allied plane and when they press a button they thought might be for the radio, something else happens.  Something experimental that goes right in...oh, screw it, it makes the plane invisible!  INVISIBLE!!!  Before moving on, De Liz gets in a couple of age old invisible jet jabs as well.

When the gals meet up with the troops, things are as messy as my life (ie: very messy) and we get a pretty cool dogfight and a kind of reunion of Steve and Diana.  They fly right next to each other, but as Steve recognizes her, she vulcan mind melds with the Duke of Deception and see's that he is not alone and that he is up to no good.  No real shockers there, but the way the chapter ends continues the dark trend this book is heading face first into.

There are a couple of things that would have made this issue better...the Twisted Sister pin I mentioned earlier, Diana telling Etta "Great, kid! Don't get cocky" when Etta shoots down the Axis plane and one Priscilla Rich to be formally introduced into the series by her "other" name.  Of course, I'm joking about the first two and it's just a matter of time for the last.  What I'm actually saying is, this is yet another kick ass chapter of The Legend of Wonder Woman.

The art is the usual as well...great!  Seeing (or not seeing?) the Invisible Jet made my day and the end scene with the Duke and Priscilla was dark and awesome.  Seriously, any time the Duke shows up, Ray Dillon goes into overdrive and the colors really pop of the screen. 

Bits and Pieces:

This chapter introduces one of the best things in the Wonder Woman mythos and continues showing that Renae De Liz is going to cherry pick everything I want to see and put it in her comic.  I'm starting to think that she has a similar mind meld going with me that Diana shares with the Duke of Deception, but instead of world domination and raising the dead, I'm thinking about outfits and vehicles.  Yep, outfits and vehicles...just what a middle aged father of five boys sits around and thinks about all day, right?  Please say "right"!


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