Wonder Woman – Volume 5 – 27

General Info

Issue No:
27
On Sale Date:
July 2017
Cover Date:
September 2017
Era:
Rebirth
Story Title:
Heart of the Amazon - Part Two

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Jesus Merino
Jenny Frison (variant)
Writer:
Shea Fontana
Penciller:
Mirka Andolfo
Inker:
Mirka Andolfo
Letterer:
Saida Temofonte
Colourist:
Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Editor:
Chris Conroy
Dave Wielgosz, Brittany Holzherr (Assistant)

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Etta Candy
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Doctor Crawford
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
Hippolyta
Other:
Destiny
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Synopsis

Diana manages to contain much of the blast with her own body and then checks to ensure Destiny is OK. She then proceeds to search the room for injured but damage to the building is beginning to result in collapses, she she instructs everyone to evacuate while holding the ceiling and walls in place.

She suddenly realises she has not seen Etta amongst the crowds and rushes to find her friend propped up against a wall, bleeding from an impalement wound. Wonder Woman scoops her up and decides that it will be quicker to take her to their facility instead of the hospital which is much further away.

She is greeted by Doctor Crawford who removes the fragment from Etta and tends to the wound. Glad to see her friend is going to be alright she says that she must now find who is responsible. But as she turns to go Crawford places a hand on her arm and says that she cannot let he go anywhere.

Wonder Woman suddenly feels light headed and Crawford shows her that the glove she is wearing is spiked with a drug. The Amazon Princess collapses and Crawford hefts her onto a nearby bed.

Restraining Wonder Woman’s wrists she then uses a syringe to take a sample of blood. Crawford is apparently suffering from a debilitating genetic disease called Royer-Mays syndrome which not only withers the body but also the mind. The doctor intends to use some of Wonder Woman’s DNA to splice with her own and cure herself.

Meanwhile the unconscious Diana is dreaming of when she was a little girl on Themyscira and was practising her fighting skills with her mother, Hippolyta. The Amazon Queen knocks her daughter down and disappointed tells Diana she must try harder. When she replies that she is doing her best, Hippolyta in turn responds that she cannot ensure peace unless she is willing to bleed for it and to “Get up Warrior!”

These words stir Wonder Woman back to consciousness and she quickly frees herself from the bindings only to be confronted by a now powered up Doctor Crawford, who having used Diana’s DNA is now just as fast and powerful as the Amazon Princess is.

Wonder Woman pleads with her to let her help her find another way and that she does not fully understand the power she has tapped which is complex and unwieldy. But Crawford is unimpressed and punches Wonder Woman across the room.

A fight ensures between the two women as Crawford rages how she has been forced to serve so called heroes whose talents are praised and lauded by the media, yet her own talents are ignored and mined for glimmers of brilliance. Nobody cares abut her.

Wonder Woman replies that she understands her pain but this sudden power for vengeance was not always in her heart and it is her new found power that is driving it. She manages to subdue Crawford and binds her with her lasso, forcing the doctor to reveal the truth.

“Power is hard to live with and it is not yours to take Doctor” she says as the revelation causes the DNA to realises what the Doctor could not – that the stolen genes could not be her truth. The grated DNA instantly unravelled and Crawford’s powers were gone.

But as Crawford replies that the gene she should have sought was the one for “hope”, she grabs a syringe full of chemicals and before Wonder Woman can stop her commits suicide.

As Wonder Woman cradles the dying doctor, Crawford apologises and asks her to tell Etta she has not meant for her to get hurt.

A few days later Wonder Woman visits Etta in the hospital and is greeted out side of the room by Destiny who is pleased to see her.  The Amazon Princess then enters and is pleased to see her friend is recovering well. She gives Etta a gift of a DVD boxed set and they smile and chat…

Meanwhile in an undisclosed location an assassin named Mayfly views a computed screen that shows a picture of Wonder Woman with the words “Wanted: Dead or Alive”. The assassin smiles and says “Hmm..that’s a tough one. But I’m gonna go with Dead.”