Release Date: November 12, 2015 (digital)
January 13, 2016 (print)
Publisher: DC Comics
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Single issue comic
Source: Purchased copy
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!
Tell Me More: In just over two years of reading comics, I’ve shied away from getting into any of the superheroes at Marvel and DC, mostly because I have no idea where to even start. That intimidation is why The Legend of Wonder Woman, a nine-part miniseries introducing the iconic character, came as such a welcome surprise.
I didn’t hear about its print release until two days before, and a lucky trip to the comic shop that week scored me a copy. I read it almost immediately, and was delighted by every single page. Legend takes a step back from the mythos of Wonder Woman, focusing instead on Diana’s childhood as daughter of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. We see how Diana grows up in her mother’s shadow, and her reluctance to take on the responsibilities of a princess.
De Liz’s pencil naturally takes to the curves and planes of Paradise Island, while Dillon’s ink brightens the landscape and gives Diana her piercing blue eyes. Blue is prevalent within the issue: backgrounds are cerulean, a stunning contrast to Diana’s dark hair and Hippolyta’s blonde. De Liz and Dillon keep to bright, breezy colours as Diana moves beyond the palace, maintaining the tone of the story and its optimism and hope.
As a Wonder Woman newbie, I can’t claim to recognize any references or allusions to previous series, but this first issue has no interest in gatekeeping. Diana is a relatable and riveting heroine, even as a young child. Readers who are unfamiliar with the mythology of Wonder Woman will nevertheless find themselves caught up in her story.
Renae De Liz is the artist of the New York Times Best-Seller “The Last Unicorn,” the creator and manager of critically acclaimed “Womanthology” project, and several other books including Anne Rice’s “Servant of the Bones,” Jennifer Love Hewitt’s “Music Box,” and her own creator-owned titled “Lady Powerpunch!” She works with her husband Ray Dillon (inker & colorist of all the projects listed) who she met and married at San Diego Comic-Con. They live in Cape Elizabeth, Maine with their two sons, Tycen and Drake.