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The Comic Books To Read After You See Wonder Woman This Weekend

June 1, 2017


Wonder Woman is hitting theaters tomorrow, with early showings tonight (I’M GOING TO SEE IT TONIGHT AND I’M SO EXCITED I CAN’T EVEN DEAL WITH IT), and soon lots of new Wonder Woman fans are going to be wondering what to read next. While I definitely suggest my book Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, I’ve also put together this list of comic collections that I think best capture the history and the spirit of the character. Start here, new Wonder Woman enthusiasts! You’ve got so many fun comic book adventures head of you.

Here is the list, in chronological order:


The Wonder Woman Chronicles, Volume 1, written by William Moulton Marston, art by H.G. Peter

It’s always good to start at the very beginning. While Wonder Woman’s early outings are also collected in Archive and Omnibus formats, the Chronicles line is the cheapest option. Marston and Peter imbued Wonder Woman with a unique brand of feminism that was central to the character from day one, and a lot of the core cast and elements in these comics have remained key to Wonder Woman for more than 75 years. The stories are often wacky and fantastical, but that’s part of the charm.


Wonder Woman by George Perez, Volume 1, written and drawn by George Perez with others

We’re jumping a few decades here, but while Wonder Woman comics were interesting at times in the Silver and Bronze Age, they’re more deeper cuts than Wonder Woman 101. Perez’s relaunch of the character, though, was hugely influential, and remains a touchstone today. Even though it was a total reboot, in many ways it was a modern update of the original Wonder Woman that stayed true to her feminist core. And with fantastic art by Perez, these stories still hold up thirty years later.


Wonder Woman: Paradise Lost, written and drawn by Phil Jimenez with others

While there were lots of good arcs in Wonder Woman in the 1990s and 2000s, this collection is my personal favourite. The “Gods of Gotham” storyline is just good fun; Batman, the Joker, and Poison Ivy get taken over by gods and Wonder Woman has to sort things out. It’s great. “Paradise Lost” is strong as well, but “She’s a Wonder!” is the best of the bunch, teaming up Diana and Lois Lane in a story that highlights the strengths of each character and shows the respect DC’s two leading ladies have for each other.


DC: The New Frontier, written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke

This isn’t a Wonder Woman comic specifically; pretty near everyone in the DC universe stars in this story, which is set in the 1950s and explores the dawn of a new era of heroism. But Wonder Woman’s scenes in the book are ALL spectacular. She confronts both Superman and President Eisenhower, assembles a female army in Vietnam, and comes back from a major injury to lead the charge against a foe that threatens the entire Earth. Every single moment with Wonder Woman is fantastic and the rest of the book isn’t too bad either.


Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, Volume 2, by too many folks to list but they’re all great

We’re getting into recent stuff now, because the past few years have been an embarrassment of riches in terms of great Wonder Woman stories. Any volume of Sensation Comics could be on this list, really. They’re all standalone stories by different creative teams, and the majority of them are great. But this volume is probably the best one. Standouts include James Tynion IV and Noelle Stevenson’s tale of a young Wonder Woman visiting the outside world for the first time, and Lauren Beukes and Mike Maihack’s adorable tale of make believe. They’re all pretty fun, though.


DC Comics Bombshells, Volume 1: Enlisted, written by Marguerite Bennett, art by Marguerite Sauvage and more

This is another ensemble book, and it’s just so much fun. The series is a retelling of World War II with DC’s female superheroes fighting the evil magical forces of the Nazis. No male superheroes are involved at all, and heroines like Batwoman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman take center stage. It’s empowering and action packed and true to the characters, especially Wonder Woman, while being something totally unique and different. It’s also super queer, in all of the best ways. Few books capture the spirit of Wonder Woman as well as this.


The Legend of Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Origins, written and drawn by Renae De Liz with Ray Dillon

I’m doubling up on recent World War II retellings here, but it can’t be helped. Both are just too good to pick only one. And this one is all about Wonder Woman, starting with young Diana growing up on Paradise Island and following her as she eventually leaves the island to save the world. It spends a lot of time with the Amazons, which is always fun, plus Etta Candy is a key player in the book, too. Also, it’s absolutely stunning. The art is lush and gorgeous and perfect for the era and the story. Do yourself a favour and check out this outstanding book.


Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One, by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott

Greg Rucka has penned several excellent Wonder Woman stories, but this is far and away his best. It’s a modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origins that draws from past incarnations of the character while simultaneously doing something fresh and exciting. And it’s straight up gorgeous, too. Nicola Scott was born to draw this book, and the heart and beauty she puts in every panel is an amazing thing to behold. This volume is the perfect gateway to the current Wonder Woman series, and is one of the best Wonder Woman stories ever told.

So definitely dig into all of these great collections! Most are still easy to find in print, and anything that’s not is available digitally (plus the bulk of them are on sale right now at Comixology!). And after you’ve checked out these books, keep digging! Wonder Woman’s got a fascinating history with more than 75 years of great comic books, and there are so many other fantastic volumes out there.

Wonder Woman’s October 2016 Covers and Solicits

July 19, 2016

There’s some cool stuff on the way for Wonder Woman this October, from her regular bi-monthly series to a fun special to some intriguing collections. Between Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary and the upcoming film, the character’s profile is sky high and we’ve been getting a pretty nice selection of Wonder Woman products announced each month. It’s an exciting (and often expensive!) time to be a Wonder Woman fan.

So let’s see what Wonder Woman is up to in October, starting with her regular series:


Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by NICOLA SCOTT • Variant covers by JENNY FRISON • “Year One” part four! The world is finally introduced to Wonder Woman, and adversaries—both ancient and new—take note.
On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant covers by JENNY FRISON • “THE LIES” part five! Diana takes another step closer to discovering the truth…and the mysterious Godwatch responds!
On sale OCTOBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

As usual, we’re only getting one of the covers, and this month it’s the Sharp one. I don’t love it, to be honest. Is it just me, or does Steve sort of look like a creep here? He’s weirding me out a little.

But, in fun news, Frank Cho is no longer doing the variant covers, and in his place we’ve got Jenny Frison, which is a huge upgrade. Cho’s covers weren’t terrible, but Cho’s a twit who seems to love to stir up sexist anger among his followers, so I’m not sad to see him go. His brand wasn’t a good fit for the book. And Frison is an amazing cover artist, so this should be very cool!

As for the insides, Rucka sure does love vague solicits. Wonder Woman is set to meet the world for the first time in “Year One”, while in “The Lies” Wonder Woman is moving slightly closer to the truth. Not a lot of information, but the series has been solid so far so I’m looking forward to it all nonetheless.

Next up, the second issue of the gorgeous looking team up, Trinity:


Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Variant cover by FRANK CHO
“BETTER TOGETHER” part two! Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman have uncovered a window into their very souls: and the power of temptation proves to be stronger than any villain they could battle! The bonds of friendship and trust between the most formidable heroes on the planet will be tested to their breaking point, with the lives of innocents hanging in the balance!
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

I mean, look at that cover! I am going to buy this book based on the cover alone; it’s just so pretty. And Manapul’s doing the insides too! It’s going to look so nice. The story sounds weird in ways that could be cool. I like that the book focuses on their friendship and testing them all together; it’s a premise I can get behind. I’m keen for this book to start.

Hilariously, Frank Cho seems to have landed here with a new variant cover gig. We can’t catch a dang break! But really, who’s going to want a Cho cover when they can get that Manapul cover? It’s just too good.

We’ve also got an exciting special:


Story and art by various • Cover by JIM LEE • Variant cover by NICOLA SCOTT • Variant cover by LIAM SHARP
An immense special issue celebrating seventy-five years of the Amazing Amazon, through phenomenal new stories, art, and stand-alone illustrations! Featuring a roster of incredible creators—some who’ve laid down legendary runs with the character, and some who’ve never drawn her before—including Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Renae De Liz, Brenden Fletcher, Adam Hughes, Karl Kerschl, Gail Simone, and many, many more to be announced!
On sale OCTOBER 26 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T

Eighty pages of Wonder Woman fun, by some killer creative teams! I’m particularly excited for Fletcher and Kerschl to do a Wonder Woman story, though more Renae De Liz is super awesome, and Adam Hughes always does a great Diana. Plus Cliff Chiang! I love Cliff Chiang so much. I’m curious to see who else gets announced; it’d be great to see some more women in the mix here. I think this book could be a blast, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Now to some collections, including a fancy absolute edition:


In these tales from the start of DC—The New 52, Wonder Woman learns that Queen Hippolyta has kept a secret from her daughter all her life—and when Diana learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay. The only one more shocked than Diana by this revelation? Bloodthirsty Hera—so why is her sinister daughter, Strife, so eager for the truth to be told? This Absolute edition collects WONDER WOMAN #1-18 and #0.
On sale FEBRUARY 1 • 484 pg, FC, 8.25” x 12.5”, $125.00 US

I have mixed feelings on this. While the first six issues of this run are AMAZING, it does go downhill somewhat after that. I’d say that about 90% of my affection for this era of Wonder Woman is tied directly to Cliff Chiang’s spectacular art, and seeing it oversized like this would be so fun, but there were a lot of fill ins too that were often only just passable. I’m not sure whether I’ll pick this up or not, especially at such a steep price. But I might; I just love Chiang too much, you guys.

Finally, the collection we’ve all been waiting for:


Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art and cover by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
The new WONDER WOMAN 9-issue miniseries written and pencilled by Renae De Liz is collected here! In the beginning there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future—and eventually her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life! Before her ultimate fate unfolds though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 288 pg, FC, $29.99 US

BEST OF WONDER WOMANS!! If for some reason you were crazy enough to not read this digitally and THEN not read this in single issues, pull yourself together and mark December 7, 2016, on your calendar because you need to get this book. It’s the best Wonder Woman story I’ve read in ages; it’s gorgeous and fun, and simultaneously classic and fresh. It’s just ridiculously good on every level. You’ve got to check it out, and if you’ve got the single issues already, get some of these for your friends. I mean, talk about a perfect holiday gift!

So October should be a lot of fun for single issues, and the collections that come out further down the road are looking cool too. Remember a few months back when all we got was the Finches on Wonder Woman and a terrible Superman/Wonder Woman series? We are living the high life now, gang!

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

June 2, 2016


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.

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

May 19, 2016


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!

Wonder Woman’s August 2016 Covers and Solicits

May 17, 2016

August looks to be a fairly quiet month at DC on the Wonder Woman front, with just a handful of new single issues. The past few months of solicits have included a variety of cool new Wonder Woman collections and reprints, but the only collection set for August is another volume of the Finches’ tenure on Wonder Woman, and nobody needs that. Seriously, spare yourself and buy literally anything else. But we’ve got a few new issues, so let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in August, starting with the bi-monthly series:


Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by NICOLA SCOTT • Variant covers by FRANK CHO
“Wonder Woman Year One” part two! Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen.
On sale AUGUST 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant covers by FRANK CHO
“The Lies” part three! Steve Trevor finds himself trapped in the heart of Urzkartaga’s darkness, with Wonder Woman and Cheetah the only hope of rescue for him and his men. But how far can Cheetah be trusted?
On sale AUGUST 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

I don’t know why we’re only getting one cover from DC’s bi-monthly books in the solicits lately, but that’s the way it’s been going. This looks to be the Liam Sharp cover from Wonder Woman #5, and it’s fun to see that Steve Trevor has a beard. I think he’s pulling it off. I also like that Rucka is bringing in classic Wonder Woman villains like the Cheetah; she’s been rather poorly handled since the 2011 relaunch, and I think Rucka’s got a good shot to make her interesting again.

Over in the “Year One” storyline, the Amazons need to find a champion. Who could it possibly be?! It’s a mystery. But seriously, I can’t wait to see Rucka and Scott retell Wonder Woman’s origins. I’m so excited to see the Amazons depicted properly for a change. Rucka is a dude who gets the Amazons perfectly.

We’ve also got the final print issue of The Legend of Wonder Woman in August:


Written by RENAE DE LIZ
The Titan has awoken, forcing Wonder Woman to confront her most powerful foe. Her friends would stand behind her, but they’ve got their own battles to fight! And as
Diana tries to keep the Titan from destroying the families in the battle zone, she calls upon the magic of Gaia.
On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, 9 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

I’m so sad that it’s going to end, but so delighted that we’ve gotten such a fantastic Wonder Woman tale. This has been the best Wonder Woman story in AGES, and it’s definitely set to end on a high note. We’re one digital issue into this finale right now, and things are getting crazy. The issue begins with Diana still without superpowers, but then some rad things happen and now she’s punching the Titan and it’s all so fun and so good! You’re all reading this book, right? If you aren’t, go fix that.

Look for all of these fun Wonder Woman adventures this August!

The Legend of Wonder Woman #25 Review: The Grand Finale Begins!

May 12, 2016


Oh, it’s on now. After several issues without superpowers, Wonder Woman is back in fighting form, powered by a force that dates back to the dawn of the universe. Being the champion of Zeus was child’s play compared to what Diana is tapping into now. The Titan should be very frightened, as should the Nazis and their various fiendish associates once Wonder Woman is done taking care of the Titan. Evildoers are going to have a terrible time of things moving forward.

So here we are, at the beginning of the end, the first of the three digital issues that will comprise the final print issue of The Legend of Wonder Woman. Last week, the Titan was reanimated and escaped it’s frozen prison, and Wonder Woman, without her superpowers, wasn’t able to do much of anything to stop it. This week, she got her powers back, and better than ever, after a fascinating trip into the cosmogony of this world that Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon have created.

In short, Wonder Woman gets her powers back from Gaea, but this Gaea is much more than the usual goddess of the Earth. She is a being of the light that sprung forth when the universe began, tasked with creating worlds and creatures to combat the darkness that threatens the light. This Gaea isn’t just the mother goddess of Earth; she’s the creator of countless worlds, all of which have fallen to the darkness. She placed her final hope in Earth, and in humanity, but she needed a champion. It was Gaea who gave life to the clay shaped by Hippolyta, and now Gaea has shown Diana her true purpose, which she embraces wholeheartedly.

The whole sequence is gorgeous and beautifully written, grandiose but appropriately so given the stature of the goddess speaking. It helps that I’m a sucker for rad descriptions. Gaea calling Wonder Woman, “Diana, born of light and hope, hailing from the clays of Earth” and telling her “you have become a beacon of truth in the darkness” is right up my alley. It’s powerful, inspiring language. Plus, this is how I see Wonder Woman, as a protector of the world powered by love and compassion, so this whole spread worked like gangbusters for me.

The issue ties together a lot of the things we’ve seen with Diana throughout the story, namely her inability to feel like she fits in anywhere. Whether she was an Amazon princess, a champion of the gods, or a normal gal in America, nothing felt right. It’s been clear that there’s always been something missing in every situation, that each life she lived wasn’t allowing her to reach her true potential. And now we see this is because she was meant for something more, that the light of Gaea instilled in her when she was born prepared her for a higher purpose, if she so chooses.

De Liz goes way outside of the box with her cosmogony in this installment, in enjoyable ways. She’s gone big with Gaea, expanding her purview considerably and tapping Wonder Woman into a power that is essentially cosmic. That’s pretty cool. But she’s also tied in fun bits of the DC Comics mythos, associating the Titans with the Manhunters, the manufactured beings who policed the universe before the Green Lantern Corps. It’s all tied to Greek myth and DC history, but it’s its own unique thing too, with all sorts of twists on the conventional beats.

Plus, this is an issue where Etta Candy jumps into a plane with Steve Trevor to handle the machine gun and shoot Nazis out of the sky, so it’s got that going for it. The book is nothing if not chock full of awesomeness.

So now, with two issues left, the final battle begins. Wonder Woman is back and stronger than ever, about to take on the Titan and save the world! I’m so sad that it’s almost over, but so excited to see how it ends. The stage is set for a spectacular finale.

The Legend of Wonder Woman #24 Review: One Foe Down as Another Rises

May 5, 2016


After a two week break, The Legend of Wonder Woman has returned to its regular digital first schedule as it enters the final stretch of its run. Following this week’s outing, we’ve only got three installments left, which will comprise the final print edition of the book. And things are getting suitably exciting, with the board set for what should be an epic final confrontation between Wonder Woman and the Titan. Though the exact mechanics of how she’ll be able to take him on remain up in the air.

Wonder Woman was able to save her friends and even the Duke of Deception this week, despite the fact that her powers remain on the fritz since she gave up her role as Zeus’s champion. Her plane was destroyed but a voice told her to call for help, and doing so brought her a cloudlike Pegasus who nabbed Steve Trevor and the Holliday Girls, taking them safely to the ground after setting Diana near the Duke of Deception. The voice told her that her lasso still had some juice as well, so she used it on the Duke. The truths it showed him compelled him to give up his role as Ares’s champion, taking one villain off of Wonder Woman’s list at least.

I’m intrigued by the voice. I’m guessing it’s not Zeus, since he was such a jerk the last time we saw him. It may be something bigger than Zeus, like Gaea, but my current theory is that it’s Athena. We’ve seen that the gods can have champions to whom they grant certain powers; Wonder Woman was the champion of Zeus, and the Duke of Deception was the champion of Ares. So presumably, Athena could have a champion as well. Furthermore, the conjuring of a Pegasus might be a reference to Athena, since in most of the myths it’s Athena who gives Pegasus to Perseus in order to defeat Medusa. Also, it would just be rad to have Wonder Woman be the champion of a goddess, and it feels like something Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon might be building towards. The gods are destructive and capricious, so maybe the goddesses should step in. My guess is it’s Athena, but Aphrodite is traditionally associated with the Amazons as well. Time will tell. I’m just spitballing here.

However things shake out, Wonder Woman getting her powers back would come in very handy right about now. The Duke of Deception renouncing his role freed the baetylus, but then Priscilla Rich picked it up and was compelled to put it back in the Titan, awakening the beast. So yeah, things have gotten serious. Not only is Wonder Woman at risk, but so is the entire world. Wonder Woman’s got some skills even without her powers, but when you’re fighting a giant Titan, some additional strength and speed, plus the power of flight, would be quite useful.

So the stage for the grand finale is set, with a lot of question marks in the mix, Wonder Woman herself being first and foremost among them. It’ll be fun to see how everything unfolds, but I also love how things have played out to this point. For Wonder Woman, giving up her powers didn’t mean giving up on being a hero, and she was able to defeat the Duke of Deception without combat, felling him solely with the power of truth and appealing to his better nature. Her heroic spirit has also brought her the goodwill for someone mysterious, allowing her to save her friends. I really enjoy how Renae De Liz has stayed true to the core of the character in so many different, difficult situations over the run of the series. Diana’s been a wonder at every stage of the game, no matter where she is or what she’s doing.

The endgame starts next week, gang! Only three issues left of what has been the most delightful Wonder Woman series in ages. Be sure to pick up the print edition as well, and maybe some extra copies for your friends; The Legend of Wonder Woman #5 just hit shelves yesterday.

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