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Backing up 0

 Issues 28 and 29 were origin stories and here only 4 issues later there is another.   This one starts out by showing the after effects of the action from two issues previous, and ties in one of the plot lines from the previous issue.   Mostly though it shows the origin of the Bana-Mighdall Amazons.   It tells the story of Phthia and Theseus and the murder of Antiope.   It is maybe questionable to have another origin story so soon after the other, but this origin is well told and engaging.   It ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Almost there 0

 In the penultimate issue of the first volume this one does just about everything you would expect it to, and that is to set up a monumental final issue.    Wonder Woman’s secret identity is revealed by Hermes, General Darnell admits to the contra affair after reminiscing about his past and the Amazons and the Pentagon prepare for the final assault.    I would say that the creative team is successful here with what they have intended – that the reader go and pick up the next and final issue.   T...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Crisis Lead-In 0

 This issue is the end to the two story arc to wrap up the Central American theme before Crisis descends on the heroes (this is actually a Crisis tie-in).   As opposed to an issue which is extremely action packed this took a different approach, with a repetitive time loop that Diana is stuck in.   This was an interesting way to deal with the villain instead of the usual melee type of solutions.   This time loop did take up a fair bit of territory in the issue though and at first I wasn’t sure th...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Only a few more loose ends to wrap up 0

 There has been a running plotline with the team from Army Intelligence being involved in and with the end of the series only four issues away it was time to wrap up this plotline as well.   Some of the members of Army Intelligence are tracking the contras and Colonel Montez.   Wonder Woman gets tipped off as to the goals of this mission and realizes they are in danger.   She intervenes but only after the team has already been captured.   This issue mainly works to set up the action for the fol...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Sacrifice 0

 With the threat posed by the gremlin aliens this issue was mostly focused around action.   On one hand Steve and Diana and trying to free the captive children (and themselves) from the alien spaceship, on the other hand the Atomic Knight has tracked one of the gremlins to (creating one of my all-time favourite story titles.)   With all the action there is at times less plot occurring, but it is nice to see the heroic actions of the Atomic Knight, even if the issue did feature his exploits a bi...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Atomic Justice 0

 While still on the trail of the gremlin aliens Steve and Diana travel to where they visit the site of the event, which was apparently cause by the gremlin aliens crashing there.   The Atomic Knight, with his Cassandra-like visions of the future which no one believes, intervenes to stop what he thinks will be the nuclear holocaust.   This involves a lot of arguing between Steve and Diana and the Atomic Knight, especially when the Russian military intervenes as well.   There is an interesting s...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Villains United 0

 There is something going on with this issue, leading into Crisis on Infinite Earths as it is.   The Monitor is manipulating a number of Diana’s enemies though to which end we don’t yet know.   Angle Man, Cheetah, Silver Swan and Doctor Psycho are all there.  Meanwhile Etta is being chased by them because they believe she is Wonder Woman.   Diana eventually shows up and stops them all.   This is a relatively good issue from this era, its nothing fancy but the plot is fun and easy to keep up wit...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Back to the past 0

 This stand alone issue is interesting though at the same time a little strange.   Diana travels through a dream to the future where she has been summoned.   She finds that has been over run by aliens who now hold the remaining Amazons captive.   They are eventually able to escape but unable to reestablish their link with Aphrodite.   Diana gives a passionate speech about the meaning of self-worth and being true to yourself as they face the scorn of their patron goddess together.   I thought  ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

At This Point I See No Reason Why Not 0

 Finally the fans get what they have been yearning for, another story about Wonder Woman and friends visiting another planet or world.   Actually I kid, that’s all the series does at this point.   In this one Wonder Woman has to follow the Holliday Girls to Pluto after Etta accidentally starts a rocket they are are touring.   This rocket then takes off at the fantastic speed of 100 miles per minute!   Actually I am enough of an eccentric that I actually figured out that at that speed it would st...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

More Interplanetary Nonsense 0

 In this issue a piece of Neptune has broken off and flown into earth making the new continent of Neptunia, complete with inhabitants exhibiting skills similar that you would expect on Neptune (that they are good with water.)   As usual the aliens have nefarious intentions for the people of Earth, once again wanting to subjugate them all.   Instead Wonder Woman intervenes and forces them to become allies with the .   There is the usual gamut of people getting kidnapped, brainwashed, tied up (but...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Frosted Lucky Charms 0

 This issue involves the adventures of Diana, Steve and Etta in Shamrockland.   While searching through a forest for the Gentleman Killer (who is also a spy) Etta drops her candy down a hollow tree stump and then jumps down after it to find it.   Diana and Steve follow her to find an underground world with its own group of residents including three leprechauns.   The Gentleman Killer also finds his way down and tries to take over, first by seducing the princess and then later by using a magic da...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Under the Ice 0

 I guess by this point they had run out of planets to base the action on (having so far done Mars, Venus and Saturn) so instead the action here is located under the polar ice cap in .   This location know as Eveland is the original garden of and has been populated by Venus women by Aphrodite’s decision.   Diana is called to help them as they are being threatened by Seal Men.   This is pretty standard storytelling, there are three stories and each involves some women being captured by the Seal M...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Mid flight 0

 This issue introduces the master hypnotist Hypnota and his servant Serva.   Continuing on one of the themes from the previous issue, Saturnians are involved in the plot as well with tense relations between the planets.   The first and third stories are the better ones as they involve the introduction and explanation of Hypnota.   In the first Hypnota is trying to steal some documents pertinent to the Earth-Saturn peace treaty and hypnotizes Steve in order to get them.   In the second Serva is r...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Bouncing around 0

This is a Wonder Woman comic without Wonder Woman.  Diana is there, but as the teenage version.  The rest of the story focuses on Diana's supporting cast both on Themyscira and in Boston.  Thus we are not just getting one story but like five small ones.  The stories are all right but forgettable, Etta has a new boss who hates her, Hermes is moving in with Steve and Julia is worried about Diana.  The story from the Amazons is a lot better though.  Hippolyta is missing Diana as they are on a cerem...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

In Space They Can't Hear You Laying Asphalt 0

So far in the Wonder Woman title we have seen people invading from mars, and with issue 12 it will be the people of Venus' turn but here we see the people to Saturn trying to invade earth.  Despite the almost complete lack of any sense that that makes (Saturn is a gas planet and extremely radioactive) this issue is still decent golden age fun.  The first of three stories involves Wonder Woman foiling a Saturnian plot on earth (I assume they are called Saturnians - Saturnites maybe?) and in the n...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

What we have been waiting for 0

This isn't the best ever ending to a story arc, but its still a pretty good one.  Two different groups are after Barbara Minerva, one to kill and one to stop her.  After the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall try to kill the Cheetah, Diana finally arrives and succeeds in getting them to stop fighting while she goes to apprehend the Cheetah alone.  There are a few changes in momentum in the battle as can be expected but was nicest to see is Diana's motivation.  Despite being poisoned and imprisoned in each...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Cobra's kiss 0

Diana was last seen entering the halls of the palace of Bana-Mighdall but all is not good for her as she is attacked buy a forgotten tribe of Amazons.  She is eventually captured after being poisoned.  Meanwhile Barbara Minerva struggles through her pain.  After a string of average issues this one was of a different caliber, not as good as some others but definitely the writing here engages the reader much more actively.  Sometimes action sequences are thrown into certain issues almost as filler...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Psyched Out 0

I am not a Doctor Psycho fan and I have been putting off reading this issue (his first appearance) because of it.  After reading it though I found it to be a decent enough issue.  Unlike other comics so far in the Wonder Woman run, this one had two plot devices rather than one.  In the first story Mars mentally influences Doctor Psycho and then he sets out on his crime spree.  In the second one Diana is again back to Mars to help the Martian slave women and in the third Diana has to deal with Do...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

I saw that coming a mile away 0

This is really not a separate issue, it more like one big issue between 28 and 29 which got split for space reasons.  Here Chuma continues to tell Diana the origin of the Cheetah.  This part was fairly entertaining and it is clear that for the first time in her character history that someone has put a great deal of thought into a meaningful background for her.  Most of the issue revolves solely around this, but when Chuma has spoken to the end Diana reveals that she was faking being poisoned the...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Bringing it back 0

The previous few issues have left the title sort of flagging.  I don't think it helped to have Invasion imposed on the series, but its what happened.  Here we see Diana making an attempt to retrieve her lasso.  She goes to England to talk with Barbara Minerva who has already tried to steal it once.  She falls for the old cliche of a poisoned tea, and while Barbara's assistant Chuma is watching Diana "die" he explains the history of the Cheetah.  I thought this was much more along the lines of wh...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Dropping off 0

After a good first 20 issues or so, it is now apparent that the title has lost a lot of the forces pushing it forward.  For one of these character driven issues it is usually the case that the previous issues were pretty exciting, but in this case the previous issues were both Invasion crossover misfires.  In a way this issue suffered just from coming from a bad time.  The publishers often decide when there will be crossovers and the writers don't have much say in it, only being able to work it ...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Passing the time 0

This is the second of two Invasion crossovers though this one really has little to do with the first.  Wonder Woman and Captain Atom go to find Steve Trevor who is being imprisoned by aliens while Hermes attempts to regain favour with the Bostonians by rebuilding the parts of the city that have been damaged.  The Wonder Woman-Captain Atom plot is a little slow, basically involving a lot of shape shifting aliens, but I found the part with Hermes a lot better especially as the Creeper makes an app...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Invasive 0

The Invasion crossover was not one the best.  As opposed to having a unifying theme around it, it seemed to be more of a hodgepodge collection of issues (I have never actually read it, only read tie ins in various back issues.)  This issue takes Invasion and combines it with another one of my less-than-favourites from the time, the Justice League International.  It is not surprising therefore that this issue sort of fizzles.  The action is all right, but the plot can't seem to choose one directi...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

A little lacking 0

Here we follow the second of a two story arc, but this one is focused mostly on the action.  Phobos, Eurayle and Ixion are rampaging across Boston, only to cause destruction and inflict a little payback on Hermes along the way.  Diana is absent for most of the issue but when she realizes what has been going on she rushes to the aid of Boston and Hermes.  She arrives in time to free Hermes and shift the battle elsewhere.  The action was all right, just not as good as has been in previous issues. ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The price of fame 0

Hermes who has outcast himself from the rest of the gods, descends upon Boston to win the adoration of humans.  The story basically follows his attempts at winning people's favour.  As Perez has been known to do on other occasions in this run, he has chosen once again to tell the story in part through new reports, which I find makes the plot a little jerky by having a change in storytelling methods.    This issue also provides an example of two of Perez's favourite topics - celebrity and what it...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Melodrama 0

The cover is somewhat misleading (not surprisingly).  Diana is not giving up on being Wonder Woman per se, but has at least had enough of man's world and no longer wants to be there (she keeps the lasso and tiara though.)  She witnesses some crimes first hand, then gets confronted by her neighbours who she had previously shared a kiss with (proving she doesn't really understand love either) and then to make things worse she turns on the television to get caught up on the Vietnam war and serial k...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Ridiculous 0

I have never been a big fan of the Diana/Steve relationship but here it takes a turn for the worse.  Steve's plane has crashed and he is presumed dead (how many plane crashes he has survived by this point I don't know but its a lot).  Doctor Psycho has a plan to throw her off her game - he makes one of his henchmen have Steve's appearance.  Not only does this throw her off, but she decides to retire because she has to let him go because he reminds her of Steve.  Isn't she supposed to be a role m...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Messing With Us 0

There is a lot to like in this issue.  It is pretty much absent of any action, but that is completely understandable in comparison to the story arc, in which many issues have been overwhelmingly based on action.  Here a suave looking Doctor Psycho is taking Diana through the dark recesses of her mind, allowing her to rediscover who she is.  I enjoyed the part how it told various origins of her as it sort of sort of reminded me of the Perez explanation of where the Amazons came from, but put an i...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Is it losing momentum? 0

This excellent story arc seems to be slowing down a bit for me.  I sort of picked up on it the previous issue, but this one definitely doesn't seem as strong as the ones which preceded it.  Diana finally comes face-to-face with those assaulting the remaining Amazons but she seems unprepared and incapable of doing so.  The action was ok, but not as good as it has been in the previous issues, for two reasons. Diana seems uncharacteristically outmatched, and they break up the fight by showing the M...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Not what I was expecting 0

I was expecting somewhat of a confrontation between Diana and her three enemies that were released the previous issue but it didn't happen.  What did though was still quite entertaining.  Diana and the rest of the group that has gone to investigate the remains of the temple are up against a contingent of skeleton warriors.  They make pretty easy work of them and continue on to an area below.  Meanwhile, Giganta, Cheetah and Artemis are attacking Diana's safehouse, killing as many as they can, in...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

I almost got up out of my seat and cheered (but I was not alone) 0

Wow!  This issue far exceeded my expectations.  I was expecting more of an action based issue after the previous one's lead-in but this had a lot more.  The conflict with the Hunstman was resolved in a way that I didn't see coming. It was too bad that Phillipus died (or did she?  she is a constant in the publication history of Wonder Woman) but Diana's payback was a really cool couple of panels.  I mentioned in the previous issue how I liked to see Diana solve a problem without her fists.  Here ...

6 out of 9 found this review helpful.

Slowing things down 0

After the heavy action of the previous three issues its understandable to finally have an issue which builds the plot of the story arc rather than just a feast for the eyes.  Here Diana is back home and reconnected with her house mates.  Phillipus is on to something, she thinks she has discovered an Amazon temple in the city.  Meanwhile the Morrigan are seen in action in the Congo and in Diana's home town.  The background of the Morrigan is revealed as well as their role in the mystery of what h...

4 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Its mostly action 0

This issue is mostly centered around a fight sequence between Diana and the guy holding her lasso.  His story is told somewhat and Diana's mother makes an unexpected appearance, but mostly this issue is just a big fight sequence with a bit of plot tagged on the end.  As far as fights go though I thought it was handled quite well with decent action and changes of momentum.  The fashioning of the lasso into a noose was clever as well.  Diana also gets her full power back at the end. Other than tha...

4 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Things are getting worse 0

Diana is still leading the Amazons to safety but she is set upon by the Keres, harpy like creatures which exist in two planes.  She is the only one that can see them and despite battling well she is taken to Hades with them.  There she meets Charon and she is informed that the plane of hades is in chaos.  Wonder Woman is told how to flee and despite facing the Keres again and Cerberus, she is successful.  She returns to consciousness surrounded by the Amazons, but they themselves are in a diff...

3 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The Journey Continues 0

Last issues action brought Diana to Turkey and no we find out why.  She meets a groups of Amazons who are at an ancient temple praying for her.  When she first arrives they are being attacked by a group mercenaries.  Diana talks with them and discovers more about her role.  She talks with a god (presumably Aphrodite as they are at her temple) through a statue and it is revealed that Diana must be tested so that she can discover what it means to be a queen.   Diana is up for the test, and un...

4 out of 6 found this review helpful.

All relative 0

 The Amazons have voted and decided to finally allow outsiders on Paradise Island.   Diana is allowed to choose the first visitors and she chooses Julia, Vanessa and Etta, though Etta is nowhere to be found.   Julia and Vanessa’s private lives are shown as Vanessa’s boyfriend is about to dump her and Julia has gotten a date with one of Vanessa’s teachers.   There are also some mysterious forces at play, but we don’t get to find out what they are yet.   There was not a whole lot going on in this ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Go tell it on the Mount Olympus 0

 Issues such as this one are a strange example of the Perez era.   So much of which he wrote helped to firmly establish the character in the present, but he among other themes which he explored, religion and faith is one of them.   Diana and Hippolyta have been summoned to Mount Olympus to partake in a ritual which will destroy it so that it can be built anew.   The Amazons are needed for two reasons.   First of all, they are pretty much all that’s left of those who follow the Greek Gods.   Seco...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Last to the Blast 0

 Diana continues to do battle in an issue which doesn’t compare to the lead-in it received.   First of all this has one of the worst escapes ever as Diana ties herself up like a top and by spinning herself she forms a groove through the floor beneath her.   This would be a horribly inefficient way of escaping from anything.   Once she is out she confronts Osira who lets loose the Justice Society on her.   Johnny Thunderbolt isn’t being mentally controlled and helps out Diana in the battle where ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Blast from the Past 0

 I was not very impressed by most of these silver age homage to the golden age issues (where Wonder Woman is back in time in World War II) but this one is an exception.   I suppose it benefits from not dealing with the war too much, rather focusing on a new threat Osira who has returned to life from her tomb.   She is interested in restoring the old order where she (an extraterrestrial ) and her consort ruled earth together.   Well you will never believe who she wants her new consort to be.   Di...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Hollow Earth 0

 A fairly standard grouping of three golden age stories.   They all involve the underwater continent of Atlantis (not the same one as Aquaman.)   In the first Steve and Wonder Woman are captured and forced to battle against two wild boars.   The second story is a bit more convoluted.   Diana goes to rescue a sailor who has been captured by the Atlantis women and in the end puts down an insurrection by Clea, one of their enemies.   In the third Diana is back to face Clea again and ends up being s...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.