Legends of the DC Universe – 30


Legends of the DC Universe – 30

General Info

Issue No:
30
On Sale Date:
May 2000
Cover Date:
July 2000
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
The 18th Letter: A Love Story - Part One

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Mark Texeira
Writer:
Christopher Priest
Penciller:
Karl Waller
Inker:
Mark McKenna
Letterer:
John Costanza
Colourist:
Tom McCraw
Editor:
Maureen McTigue

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana)
Heroes:
Fury (Helena Kosmatos), Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Plastic Man (Patrick O'Brian), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz)
Villains:
Alcmaeon (Michael Lysander)
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Cyrene, Jocasta
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Comments

This three part story by Christopher Priest was deemed quite controversial at the time, as it placed Diana in a very difficult and moral dilemma not normally touched upon by writers. Some fans felt the story was inappropriate and not befitting for the character.

Priest had already been a guest writer  in the main Wonder Woman title (issues 88, 89137 and 138) and the latter two issues had again polarised fans due to their portrayal of Diana trying to save her mother, Hippolyta, from a fantasy world of happiness created by Circe. Fans had also felt at the time that his version of Diana behaved out of character and that Priest simply did not “get” Diana at all, so when it was announced he was writing this three part story in “Legends of the DC Universe” it was met with dismay in some quarters.

Synopsis

Wonder Woman is trying to help the innocent victims of a war in New Vladovnia, where she encounters Fury, formerly a hero, who claims to be her sister.

General Lysander, who is the man behind the bloodshed, reveals himself to be the immortal Alcmaeon, and promises that he will end the war if Wonder Woman will spend a night with him. Fury watches all this, and wonders if Diana will be Alcmaeon’s undoing.