The Legend of Wonder Woman #27 Review: All Good Things Must Come To An End


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.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

4 thoughts on “The Legend of Wonder Woman #27 Review: All Good Things Must Come To An End

  1. What I really love about this series is that Renae De Liz isn’t treating Wonder Woman like she is some kind of failed d-list character that needs fixing. Instead of throwing everything out and starting all over, De Liz is going back to the golden age and reworking these classic Wonder Woman elements. World War 2, the Amazons, Etta Candy, Steve Trevor and the Holliday Girls. These are important elements to Wonder Woman’s mythos and world and I like that De Liz didn’t try to give us some new and completely different take on the character, but instead focused on the basics and getting them right.
    While I like Wonder Woman’s connection to greek mythology, I personally think that aspect of her universe has been given far to much focus for far too long, which is why I love seeing the Duke of Deception on Mars. As far as I can tell, Marston’s Wonder Woman stories drew far more inspiration from turn of the century pulp science fiction and lost world adventure stories than they did greek mythology, and I would love to see De Liz try and incorporate more of that ‘Edgar Rice Burroughs on acid’ kind of tone in her future stories. Here’s hoping. No matter what, I am definitely looking forward to the next ark of this amazing series.

  2. It took my quite a bit of issues to completely be sold on it. I wasn’t a fan of the origin story of how the powers were in the weapons and not a part of Diana. But when the meat of the story arrived and the dialogue between Diana and Etta kicked in…yeah, it was awesome 🙂 And now that I’ve seen how Diana gets her powers, with the whole rejection of the gods and their manipulations, it was so awesome that even the beginning with the whole “powers in weapons” thing doesn’t bother me anymore. Great origin story and the art is simply a joy to look at.

    Best run of Wonder Woman since Gail Simone and JMS. I enjoyed Azzarello’s run more than you did Tim but this is definitely better. Can’t wait to see what De Liz does next 🙂

    1. Also, might I add how Diana becomes Wonder Woman is also much more grande and eventful. Gaea, mother of all earth and life in the Universe gives Diana this power and responsibility after showing how truthful, pure, heroic and loving she is. Wonder Woman has become a champion of universal forces. This is wayyyy more epic and important than simply being the damn daughter of Zeus. Heck, I’d even say it’s a better and more important origin than the original Perez version. I’m honestly impressed.

      Wonder Woman, champion of all life in the universe…WHY ISN’T THIS THE MAIN CONTINUITY ORIGIN?! Come on DC, make it happen! lol! After all, with Rebirth, it could be possible if they really wanted to.

  3. I don’t think Cheetah was possessed. I think it was Priscilla’s split personality manifesting. In the Golden Age, she would often interact with her evil side by looking in a mirror.

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