Weekly Wonder Woman: The Legend of Wonder Woman #5

Only one appearance by Diana in the comics world or the movies world last week and that was for The Legend of Wonder Woman #5. A bit of talky one this, with the now grown up Diana chatting first with Alcippe for ages about fighting and the good old days, followed by Diana chatting with her mum, who it turns out has known all about her sparring sessions for years.

But it turns out Diana’s not the only one who’s been sensing bad things on Themyscira – everyone else has, too, so wants Hippolyta to stand down as queen, cos she’s done nothing about it. Guess whom Hippolyta wants to replace her? And who doesn’t want to become queen, because then she’d have to become immortal.

It does feel at this stage a bit like procrastination when the plot should now be picking up in pace. It’s an origin story, after all, and it’s now beginning to feel like the first half of an origin story, rather than the real deal. Author and artist angling for a sequel already?

Two other interesting points: Kangas are canon here. 

A Kanga on Themiscyra

And as you’ll note from the above, the Amazons celebrate the Athenian festival of Anthesteria. Why should this be, other than Athenian festivals were the best recorded of all the poleis and therefore the ones we predominantly know about? No idea, but even the Amazons seem to be surprised by having to celebrate it.

Why are we celebrating this again?

Next issue: fate (and action, hopefully) finally arrival on Themisycra.

Fate arrives on Themyscira

Rating: 4/7 (artwork: 6/7)

Disclaimer: Owing to the small fortune it would take to buy every single DC comic each week, this is not a guaranteed rundown of all the comics that feature Wonder Woman. If you know of any I’ve missed, email me or leave a comment below and I’ll cover them the following week


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.