At the end of issue #26 Wonder Woman happens upon a [REVERSE SPOILER ALERT] bomb hidden underneath a table. She had been attempting to set aside her warrior spirit for one evening out at a wedding when a little girl playing hide and seek leads her to an explosive device. In what felt like an 80’s action show ending, the bomb had only one second until detonation, leaving readers in suspense. Until…
What is this all about?
‘HEART OF THE AMAZON’ part two! Someone close to Diana is behind the most recent attack on her and her friends? but what has this person learned about her powers that she never even knew herself?
…BOOM! Diana manages to protect most of the attendees of said wedding – the most fun reveals post blast is that she wore her Wonder Woman outfit underneath her sleek black pantsuit. Di does her hero thing but discovers poor Etta is wounded. All the while she’s pondering who would bomb a gathering of innocents, surely a person overcome with madness!
Diana takes Etta back to last issue’s sickly Dr. Crawford for much needed medical attention. Sadly, Crawford quickly shows her cards. The coughing and weak Doc has been planning a wicked DNA spliced with Diana for years apparently as it turns out Crawford has a terminal illness. Dosing Diana with a secret sedative and stealing Amazonian blood is a risky maneuver, but when a budding nutjob has a scheme you just know they will go through with it no matter how crazy.
After a fast flashback to Themyscira, Diana wakes to find she has, for sake of poetics, a “daughter” in the newly powerful and buff Dr. Crawford. Maniacally full of demi-God warrior blood, the Doc feels the need to punch and throw a fit, so she does, with Di the target of her fists.
Diana’s heart and power overcome the rogue doctor with an assist from her lasso of course. Dr. Crawford, down from her blood high, realizing she is doomed to a life of pain with her illness, takes her life right there and then sadly. This is a quick jolt of darkness in an otherwise brashy & colorful comic.
The finale is a little too cheesy for me personally, with a visit to Etta in the hospital and Diana’s DVD gift – all I’ll mention is hopefully Etta loves her some Chandler Bing. As we enter the closing frame, something wicked this way comes because a villain is revealed to be suiting up to hunt the Princess in the next chapter.
Overall, this is an energetic second chapter that moves the story along while always showing the dangers lurking and plotting against Diana. This arc has all the vibes of a superhero cartoon show, perfect for after school or Saturday morning (remember when that was a thing?). I love the pacing and characterizations Shea Fontana has written for Wonder Woman. The art is usually good, save for a couple inconsistent panels, but if you like a fun, quick story, this is the Wonder Woman for you.
Reviewed by: Jeff Daily
Wonder Woman #27
Written by: Shea Fontana
Art by: Mirka Andolfo, Romulo Fajardo, Jr. and Saida Temofonte
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: July 26, 2017