WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Wonder Woman#75, from G. Willow Wilson, Xermanico, Jesus Merino, Vicente Cifuentes, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Pat Brosseau, on sale now.
Since DC made the huge revelation that Wonder Woman never returned to Themyscira, and her entire homecoming was all a lie, fans have waited patiently to see how Diana would find her homeland and, more so, her mother, Queen Hippolyta.
The key recently fell into her lap in the form of the dark realm called Dimension Chi, but that only led to the news that Darkseid's daughter, the vindictive Grail, had seized power. Thankfully, in an epic Amazon civil war, Wonder Woman gets that big moment we've been waiting for, and it's every bit as emotional as we hoped.
As Diana prepares her battalion to invade Themyscira from Chi, she has her aunt Antiope, Atlantiades and Maggie at her side. Her faction, seen as the resistance, attacks Grail through a portal to wrest back control. Her coup occurred in Wonder Woman #58 when she killed Ares with the God Killer sword in Hippolyta's jail, which resulted in Paradise Island crumbling, and providing her the opportunity to seize the throne.
It's a brutal battle between the sisterhood, but Diana's forces overcome Grail's. The desperate dictator tries to goad Diana into killing her by claiming that she murdered Hippolyta. But Wonder Woman instead shows mercy. As Grail's legions submit, the villain flees, and holds as hostages Hippolyta and Isadore, the daughter of Veronica Cale whose soul is tethered to the island. However, Grail's plan is foiled when her general, Nubia, is revealed as a double agent. Grail's defeat leads to Wonder Woman's heartwarming reunion with Hippolyta.
A relieved Diana cries while held in her mother's arms, as she not only save Hippolyta, she also rescued the other Amazon prisoners. Thankfully, the body toll was relatively low, because the Amazons merely pretended loyalty to Grail. What gave them the upper hand, ironically, was when Grail's God Killer sword conveniently disappeared when she wanted to use it to slaughter Diana's forces.
The post-credits of the issue reveal it was teleported to Cheetah by Lex Luthor as part of his sinister offer. So, while it seems his actions inadvertently saved Themyscira, he still dooms the island by placing the weapon in the hands of one of its greatest enemies. Nevertheless, while Wonder Woman, Grail & Co. are none the wiser, the Amazons can bask in this brief but well-deserved moment of liberation. The "lie" crafted by Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp is over, and we finally get the homecoming Diana has toiled so hard for.
Wonder Woman #76 goes on sale Aug. 14.