After ending their Wonder Woman digital anthology series Sensation Comics, DC has launched a new title about the character in it’s place with a central creative team and focused mission statement. In it’s debut issue, all of those things are sound but it lacks very much in the way of engaging content outside of it’s broad strokes introduction.
Written & illustrated by Renee DeLiz with inks & colors by Ray Dillon, The Legend Of Wonder Woman begins by retracing the origin story of the character’s mother Hypolyta, her place within the larger context of Greek mythology and later, Wonder Woman herself. It’s fifteen pages of sometimes wonderful Greek mythology being given a cartoonish visual narrative from DeLiz & Dillon’s aesthetic. It’s a unique style to tell this type of story in, much softer and less refined then would be expected but it works in giving the comic it’s own voice and purely on a structural level, the story telling is looks great while flowing smoothly from one portion of the legend to the next. The problem is that it’s fifteen pages out of a twenty page comic spent on introducing the reader to the mythology and character origins. By the time the book is through with setting up the background, they’re left with nothing else to do but set up the stories present. And while you can’t complain too much about a .99 cent digital comic, you can compare and considering DC’s many other successful digital series, as a single installment, it can’t help but feel a bit empty. It’s possible that the idea here is to introduce new readers to the character’s background or that all the aforementioned backstory will be central to the books future installments or some combination of the two. There is talent in this creative team and they’re hinting towards something interesting but it’s probably best to read this issue next week paired with the second installment to get the full effect of the books intention. By itself, it’s debut doesn’t have enough to stand on it’s own.