It’s the grand finale of The Legend of Wonder Woman! Or, perhaps more accurately stated, it’s the grand finale and a tease of what’s to come, since a sequel is now in the works. And good thing, too; I’d have been very sad that the book was over if I didn’t know that there were more adventures with the whole gang coming. This has been the best Wonder Woman story in ages, and I’m delighted that we’re going to get more of it. I’m also glad to report that the final digital installment is a fitting end to this fantastic series, the last scene especially.
When we last left Wonder Woman, she was punching through the heart of the Manhunter that was bent on destroying the Earth, saving the planet and defying the gods in the process. That turned out to be the final blow, because this issue opens up with the complete destruction of the Manhunter, as well as the return of an old friend. The destruction of the Manhunter momentarily knocked out Wonder Woman, and in her unconscious state she was visited by the spirit of Alcippe, who gives her a pep talk and tries to tell her that a mace would be a better weapon than a lasso. Wonder Woman decides to stick with the lasso, though.
Burdened by her new powers and the responsibilities they bring, an awakened Wonder Woman decides to leave her friends behind to be the champion of Gaea full time, which doesn’t set well with Etta Candy and the Holliday Girls or Steve Trevor. But there’s not much they can do after she zooms off.
The rest of the book catches us up on other characters and teases potential future storylines. We return to Themyscira briefly, where we see Hippolyta caring for a comatose Alcippe and a bunch of Amazons turned into stone. Clearly something terrible has happened to the Amazons, and with Alcippe giving Wonder Woman a tip on how to return home, I’m guessing that Diana will get to the bottom of it all in the sequel.
There are also some villains still on the loose. Priscilla Rich survived, like I hoped she would, but it seems a dark feline force has taken a hold of her. I’m crossing my fingers for a lot of fun Cheetah adventures in the next series! The Duke of Deception is torn between his past life and his new powers, and we seem him sitting at the temple of Ares on the planet Mars, which I LOVE. In the Golden Age Wonder Woman comics, the gods lived on the planets that corresponded with them, so Ares and his minions were based on Mars, and it’s so fun that Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon are continuing that here. Plus it’s a gorgeous panel.
The menace of the universal darkness remains as well, with many more Manhunters at the ready and a mysterious new character seemingly behind them all. I can’t quite put my finger on who this is; at first I thought it might be a guardian, like Krona or some such, but they’re more purple than blue. Someone with more knowledge of the Manhunters might be able to enlighten us. If you know who it is, hit the comments!
Finally, we get the best scene in the issue and the perfect ending to the book. It’s eight months later, and after following Wonder Woman’s outings and triangulating her location, Etta Candy arrives in a boat at Diana’s isolated island home. And she’s coming to stay. Wonder Woman’s costume is all torn up and needs some fixing, and it’s clear that there’s no way that Etta is letting Diana run off and leave her again. New powers or no, they’re a team, and Etta will be beside her every step of the way. It’s a fitting end to the book, because the real heart of the series has been the friendship between Diana and Etta. So often in Wonder Woman stories, we see Steve Trevor set up as her connection to the outside world, and he plays an enjoyable role in this series, but I love that Etta is Diana’s home base here. Friendship and sisterhood, not romantic love, define this Wonder Woman; not that the latter is bad, but the former is what’s always been special about the character, and Etta’s stubborn refusal to leave Diana alone brings everything back to that in the end.
Thus ends The Legend of Wonder Woman, my favourite Wonder Woman story in I don’t know how long, and inarguably one of the best Wonder Woman stories of all time. Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon have done an amazing job here, and I can’t wait for them to return to tell more stories in this wonderful universe they’ve created. The Justice Society is coming! And Gateway City! It’s going to be so much fun.