The Legend of Wonder Woman #26 Review: The Heart of the Titan


Let’s start with some excellent news: We no longer have to be sad that The Legend of Wonder Woman is almost over, because it’s coming back! In a surprise move, DC has greenlit a sequel! We got reports a while back that a sequel wasn’t happening, but DC has changed their mind. I’m guessing the steady sales and universally positive reviews swayed them into reconsidering, and rightly so. The book is fantastic, and Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon have built a fascinating world that clearly has many more stories left to tell.

So hooray we’ve got that to look forward to, but today we’ve got the penultimate digital installment of the series. And it’s mostly all brawl, with a newly repowered Wonder Woman taking on the Titan in hopes of stopping it from destroying the planet. Given that we’re getting a sequel, I’m going to guess she succeeds, but it’s a superhero comic and that was sort of a given anyway. It’s the how of it all that makes superhero comics fun; we all know the bad guys are going to lose eventually.

The action throughout the issue was nicely done, with some fun twists and turns along the way. Diana’s new superpowers are swell and all, but the Titan is a formidable foe so this wasn’t a one punch and done situation. Moreover, the Titan is crafty, and seems to recognize that it can distract Wonder Woman by threatening others. Creating a tidal wave to threaten a Scandinavian coastal town (to be honest, I’m just guessing it’s Scandinavian) was a clever move, though Wonder Woman handled it well, of course.

What I particularly enjoyed about the fight, and about all of the fights in The Legend of Wonder Woman, is that Diana takes the time to understand who she’s fighting and why they’re doing what they’re doing. She uses her lasso to see each villain’s history and the core of what motivates them, and responds with compassion or violence, depending on the situation. Here, the Titan was created to protect the universe, but the darkness corrupted its mission. However, the Titan now revels in the darkness and enjoys destruction, wholly embracing evil, so it gets all of the punches instead of a heart to heart convo to steer it into the light. As the issue ends, it looks like all of the punching paid off because Wonder Woman is about to disable the alien rock that powers the Titan. We’ve got a whole issue left, though, so there may be some twists yet.

Elsewhere, Etta and Steve are sidelined as the epic battle rages. Steve wants to help but, in a hilarious turn of phrase, Etta calls him a “sweet idiot” and explains that this is a job for Wonder Woman. It’s better they stay out of the way and let her handle it rather than put themselves in harm’s way and distract Wonder Woman from her mission. I know I’ve said it a million times, but I love this Etta so much. She’s fun loving and adventurous, but she’s not haphazard. She knows when to hang back, even though she probably hates doing so. This Etta is the perfect best friend for Diana, and so key to the success of The Legend of Wonder Woman overall.

So we’ve got one issue left! And then a whole new series, which is just the best news. I can’t wait to see where the book goes next. But I also can’t wait to see how this story concludes. Things are looking grim for the Titan, but Priscilla Rich is still out there; might she be a Chekhov’s Cheetah in the story? (EDIT: As Jeppe points out in the comments, Priscilla Rich got magically disintegrated a couple issues back, so she’s likely out of play here, though hopefully not for good because I’m all about the classic Cheetah) Or will Wonder Woman bust up the Titan and just spend the rest of the issue celebrating with her friends? I’d be fine with either, really. We’ll see how it all ends, next week!

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2 Responses to “The Legend of Wonder Woman #26 Review: The Heart of the Titan”

  1. Jeppe Dittmer Says:

    Didn’t Priscilla Rich disintegrate when she put that last piece of the titans heart back in? That is how I interpreted the art, but maybe I’m wrong.
    Really looking forward to the last issue, and curious if we will finde out what happened to Hippolyta and the traitor Amazons or if De Liz is saving that for the next series, that we are thankfully now getting🙂

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      Oh dang, you’re right! I’d forgotten that it went down like that. I hope she’s not gone for good, though; she’s my favourite Cheetah, and I’d love to see De Liz do something with her, perhaps in the sequel.

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