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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:

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WONDER WOMAN #8
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

WONDER WOMAN #9
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:

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TRINITY #2
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:

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WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
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:

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ABSOLUTE WONDER WOMAN BY BRIAN AZZARELLO AND CLIFF CHIANG VOL. 1 HC
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by CLIFF CHIANG, TONY AKINS, DAN GREEN and KANO
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
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:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN HC
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!

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

May 19, 2016

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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:

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WONDER WOMAN #4
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

WONDER WOMAN #5
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:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #9
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover 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

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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

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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.

The Legend of Wonder Woman #23 Review: Off To Battle, Superpowers Or Not

April 14, 2016

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The new issue of The Legend of Wonder Woman was a bit delayed at Comixology today, so this is review is a little late, but better late than never! And this book is always worth the wait, of course. I mean, this issue has Wonder Woman and the Holliday Girls going off to fight the Duke of Deception and prevent the end of the world. What more do you want out of a comic book?

At the end of last week’s issue, Steve and the rest of the troops flew off to take on the Duke of Deception, not knowing they were about to face a Titan bent on destroying the planet. Unfortunately, Zeus had taken back Wonder Woman’s superpowers when she refused to help him allow the Titan to complete his task so Zeus could remake the world afterward, so Diana was stuck behind in France. This issue begins with Diana jonesing to get in on the fight, even without her powers, hoping to at least inspire the troops with Wonder Woman’s presence and perhaps turn herself over to the Duke to delay the Titan’s emergence. But she’s hundreds of miles away, with no way to get to the action.

Enter the Holliday Girls, and the fantastic Golden Age fun that Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon do so well. The way the story unfolded from here captured everything I love about the original Wonder Woman comics and the inventive ways De Liz and Dillon revisit the classic tales. Not only are the Holliday Girls in the thick of things in France, but they’ve been snooping around and have a line on a secret plane they could “borrow.” Also, there’s no way they were letting Diana go off by herself; if she’s going into a war zone, they’re all going.

This is the Golden Age Holliday Girls in a nutshell. They were forever following Wonder Woman into battle, coming up with inventive ways to get in on the action and help their friend. Going into a war zone is actually pretty tame relative to what they got up to in the 1940s. The Holliday Girls went deep underground to fight subterranean mole men, and far into space visiting a wide variety of planets. They really got around.

Their trip also marks the debut of one of the most classic Wonder Woman elements ever: Her invisible plane. Usually of Amazonian origin, it’s re-imagined in The Legend of Wonder Woman as the secret military plane that Diana and the Holliday Girls “borrow.” While looking for the radio button, Tillie hits a big red button marked “Danger, Untested Prototype” and the plane turns invisible around them. It’s a fun new twist on an iconic part of the Wonder Woman mythos, something classic yet different that also fits beautifully into the flow of the story.

I also really enjoyed that Diana tells the Holliday Girls to try not to kill any Germans, because there’s been enough death already. It would have been easy to let Wonder Woman and the Holliday Girls slip into the thick of battle and shoot down planes indiscriminately, as one is wont to do in a war zone. A story set during a war often has an expectation of killing the enemy built into it. But De Liz has chosen to highlight Wonder Woman’s compassion, and rather than an unremarked upon free for all, we get the Holliday Girls using their plane’s turrets to take out the wings of enemy planes and thus spare the pilots. It’s a small thing that speaks volumes about the heart of the characters.

It looks like things are going to start to get dicey for the gang next week now that they’re on the Duke of Deception’s doorstep, and the final battle will be especially interesting because Wonder Woman is about to jump into it with no superpowers at all. It’s going to be fun to watch everything play out over the four issues we have left! Wait, what? Only four issues? That’s heartbreaking. But dang, what a conclusion it’s building to be!

The Legend of Wonder Woman #22 Review: The Holliday Girls’ Showstopper

April 7, 2016

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With this week’s digital first installment of The Legend of Wonder Woman, we’re into the start of what will be the penultimate issue of the print series. Usually with a mini-series, that would mean a ramp up to the grand finale, with all of the pieces falling into place for the battle royale that’s about to unfold. But with The Legend of Wonder Woman, the penultimate issue means a big performance number from the Holliday Girls, along with their pal Diana.  And if you’re not delighted by that, then I just feel sorry for you. This book has been a joy from start to finish, and I love that it’s maintaining its sense of fun and frivolity right to the end.

Not that the series can’t be serious, of course. The last issue got pretty heavy, what with Zeus trying to convince Wonder Woman to be his champion and allow the world to be destroyed and remade into something better. Diana refused to be part of such wanton death and destruction, and had her superpowers taken from her as a result; it was an ironic twist to have her lose her gifts at the moment she reached peak Wonder Woman with her valiant stance against violent patriarchal plans.

But rather than wallow in sadness or loss, Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon’s Diana embraces the change. Unlike other recent major superhero properties, this is not a story of glum, downcast heroes. Diana knows that she can still be useful to the world, even without her powers, and she also has developed a rich life outside of her superhero feats that is filled with friendship, romance, and meaning. So what does she do? She goes to a fancy party in Paris with Etta Candy and Steve Trevor, and tries to finagle some popcorn out of the snooty French chef.

The whole issue is similarly light. Etta’s feud with that hussy Pamela Smuthers continues to be an ongoing plotline; she really is the worst, trying to undercut Etta at every turn. Hopefully by the end of the run, Pamela will have learned that female rivalry is a fiendish tool of the patriarchy and come to appreciate the true value of sisterhood. But so far, not so much. She remains a total jerk.

We also get another cameo that hints at a wider superhero world beyond Wonder Woman, this time with Batman’s future butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Here he’s a nine year old scamp, looking for a shot in show business, and ends up playing a key role in the Holliday Girls’ performance. I really enjoy these little bits of world building, especially because it’s fun to figure out a potential timeline. With newly enlisted soldier Jonathan Kent a few issues back and now a child Alfred, it looks like we’re a good 30 or 40 years away from Batman or Superman, so it looks like De Liz will be going for a classic, All-American Comics Justice Society vibe for the book’s potential sequel (also, please go buy LOTS of this comic so we can get this sequel!).

Finally, we get a fantastic song from the Holliday Girls that shows the real heart of the story. It’s all about friendship, and how a woman doesn’t need a man when she’s got a best friend at her side. A man who wants a gal to be his “side objective” is just a “villain in disguise,” while “a true sister can help me along the path from danger to where I belong.” It’s a fun number, aided by Diana’s inadvertent entrance into the finale, and captures the core of the Holliday Girls and what they value beautifully.

The issue closes with trouble on the war front, as the Titan rears its ugly head and Steve runs off to fight it. I’m guessing that Diana will be close behind, regardless of her powers or lack thereof, and I’m excited to see how the finale will play out. Her lack of superpowers throws a real wrench into the works, one that adds some fun mystery to the upcoming conclusion. While I’m looking forward to watching the larger story with the gods play out, I also love that we got to pause for this fun moment with Diana and the Holliday girls. I’d read a book that was just those gals teaming up to have goofy, low stakes adventures, really. They’re all so much fun together.


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