First of all, I would like to warn you that the following review will be coming from a Comic Book newbie, and as any personal opinion, as subjective as it can be.

Seeing as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made Wonder Woman reconquer her presence in pop culture, it is no surprise to see DC Comics taking the opportunity to bring us new and hopefully refreshing projects. One of them is the all-ages mini series called The Legend of Wonder Woman which piqued my curiosity right away.

As you could probably guess by the name, the series is a take on Diana’s origin story (and one of the multiple Wonder Woman origins currently being released). It has been written and drawn by Renae de Liz, and inked by her husband Ray Dillon; and in my humble personal opinion, the involvement of a female artist has contributed very positively to a deeper, more empathetic reinterpretation of the character of Diana (and her world).

The book opens with a narrative that starts right from the very beginning, with a very specific history of the Amazons and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. It then progresses smoothly, from Diana’s birth through her relationship with her mother and to her own internal struggles. All of these events are narrated in a way that focuses primarily the emotions of each character involved. And how delightful this is!

the legend of wonder woman issue 1

The storytelling style is easy to grasp, De Liz doesn’t simply throw you into an unknown world, opting instead for being very clear about the basics, the concept, and the history of the Amazons itself. The pacing is perfect, it compels you to keep reading.

The art is what I would describe as ‘adorable’, expressive visuals that are perfectly complemented by the lettering and clever layout. In fact, the last time I went to the Comic Book shop to buy one of the latest issues, the lady who attended to me pointed at the cover and exclaimed: “Aw, isn’t she adorable in this series!” The attendant has also mentioned how both her and her nephew were reading the series together, which only emphasizes the fact of it being refreshingly targeted to young readers and girls.

Overall, the first issue of The Legend of Wonder Woman felt extremely magical, emotional and spiritual to me. It explores not only Diana’s core, but her motivations, her background, her past. If our experiences dictate the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ we do what we do, then this series could be the missing link for the true understanding of Wonder Woman’s character.

With the main question being it “Where does this story fits in the DC continuity”, I admit it makes me only slightly sad that it most likely doesn’t. At the very least, I would like to see more of this Diana, daughter of Hippolyta, whose motivations and past have been finally explored, and more of this magical society of peaceful Amazons secluded from the outside world. Apart from that, and judging by this first amazing issue, these series is more than enough to be enjoyed on its own, and personally recommended by me.


Final Verdict:

To me, this is Platinum.


 


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  1. Sounds interesting! I’ve never actually read a comic book before haha. They’re not as readily available here on thr Philippones. Love to read one though πŸ˜€

  2. I loved this comics. I am usually not a fan if comics like the guys of big bang theory but this is the comic that makes me happy. All about girl power. Yeah !!!

  3. Hello Nya. This is an innovation in blogging. I grew up on comics and the story telling has formed a bedrock of my blogging. In India, female characters are femini
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  4. When I was a kid I am so into comic books. They take me to different places and practice my imagination.
    I am familiar with Wonder Woman but not on the the story of what happen before she became such and I know now what to read to learn more about her. Thanks πŸ™‚

    • There are different interpretations of Diana’s origin but this one is surely heart-warming, I kept reading the series and love it each day more. It also feels a bit more targeted towards female. I hope you have a chance to read it.

  5. Ohhh, so Wonder Woman was created by a female. Sorry, I didn’t know that. But having a female character emerge in the all-male superhero thing-y paved its way. It also made women in the real world powerful.
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  6. I don’t read comics but glad to know that female dominating characters are appreciated in the world of Superheroes!
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  8. The representation of women’s power. Very detailed review and I always adore women empowerment articles. πŸ™‚
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    Awwww love this!!!! I’m all about girl power so it’s awesome to see a female super hero!!!

  10. I also found myself interested in Wonder Woman after the movie. Believe it or not I used to watch the old TV show with Jacklyn Smith, is it? I can’t wait to see Gal Gadot though. She was excellent in Batman Vs Superman!
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  11. What a brilliant review. It’s nice to see the female superheroes getting some love.
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  12. Great review! Im not really a comic book person but have friends that are and I will definitely be sharing this with them.
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  13. So interesting as I have never looked up the Wonder Woman’s origins even if I’ve seen a lot of cartoons which involved her.

  14. just discover this site from somewhere. great sharing story & experiences. i will recommend this site to my friends out there.

  15. I am not a huge comic book fan but Wonder Woman has always held a spot in my heart for me! I think it sounds interesting to hear the story and follow her adventures!
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  16. I’m a serious sci-fi fan but (don’t get mad) I’ve never really been into comics. I prefer the (very) long trilogies lol. This is a really interesting read though! Wonder Woman is a great character.

  17. Wonder Women is a great character, but I didn’t know a lot about her story other than from TV and movies. I have actually never read a comic book…gasp!
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  18. This sounds really cool. I’m unfamiliar with Wonder Woman’s origin story. This might be a great place for newbies like me to start.

  19. I’m not really into the comic world, so I don’t know much about it. But this was an interesting post. Enjoyed the video too.
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  20. I just realized you are Portuguese, where in Portugal are you from? My background is Portuguese but I should have guessed by your name and surname lol. Wonderwoman is a deeply fascinating character and having read the comics I found the trailer to be exciting.
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    • Haha yes I suspected your name could mean you could be Portuguese as well:) I am originally from Porto but I am living in the UK. How about you? And yes Wonder Woman is a fascinating character, I think you would enjoy this series because they are more female focused.

  21. I do have the most awesome girlfriend in this world ! You already know how much I love your writing style and all your reviews are so interesting ! Be sure that I will steal you those issues to read them, it sounds so epic !
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    • You’ll love this! Not as dark as the ones you are used to, but it’s impossible to not like this reinterpretation πŸ™‚ Also it is me who has the most awesome boyfriend.

  22. I’m also a beginner but you seem to have a better idea of the comic book world than me, this seems a great review too!

    • I’ve had a huge help from my boyfriend to get into the comic book world as fast as possible haha

  23. I’m so glad for another one of your posts! Keep them coming!

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