WW #190Issue #190: Sept-Oct, 1970. "Detour." Diana had been feeling a little depressed, and Ching pointed out that it had been a year since she'd seen her mother. So after Diana concentrates on a mental message (!), Hippolyta sends an Amazon messenger, this time Leda (who looks an awful lot like Drusilla), to fetch Diana. But the two encounter a dimensional storm and battle red-eyed shadows in the dark. At sunrise, they see their new surroundings: a mountainous world with airships and swordsmen and demons (called Shadowmen) and castles housing the Queen of Chalandor.

Swashbuckling action!Diana sends Leda (whose dimensional apparatus is now referred to as a ring) back to inform Hippolyta of where Diana is. No reason is given of why Diana just didn't travel along with her. (I think they were trying to have Diana fighting over HERE to draw attention from Leda, who was over THERE reprogramming her ring for travel, and when the time came that Leda was ready, Diana was in too thick and too far away to join her. But it didn't come off that way.)
The Queen's men take Diana prisoner along with a barbarian named Ranagor and present the two of them to the Queen of Chalandor. The queen is unimpressed by Diana but Diana remedies that when she attacks her guards and then the queen herself. Diana wakes in the dungeons along with Ranagor.

Ranagor explains that the queen regularly kidnaps people to set them to battle within the arena against beasts or other people, just for the queen's amusement. Diana uses some trick buttons to dissolve her bonds and then just a flimsy psychological trick to lure the guard inside so they can overpower him and escape.

They try several ways out of the castle, only to find them guarded or blocked. Finally a door opens... and they discover themselves in the arena, right where the queen had aimed them. She orders the gnarth, a fiercesome multi-legged dragonlike beast, released. While Diana distracts it, Ranagor finds that his sword can't make a dent in the beast's hide, so Diana takes the sword and rams it point-up in the thing's mouth and then into its brain.

They use tapestries hanging into the arena to escape. The army of Ranagor's father, King Zangor of North Ambria, shows up just across the moat, and Ranagor and Diana quickly divest themselves of the castle environs merely to get ready for a small war.

Pretty much el standardo sword & sorcery fluff, nothing special to see here, folks. Move along.

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WW #191Issue #191, a "special issue," Nov-Dec. 1970.

A recap of the previous issue takes up the first page, followed by three pages in which Ranagor greets his father and the army makes plans to storm the castle. Walking Diana to her tent late that night, Ranagor asks to know more about her, and with amazing clarity, Diana tells her story, which might otherwise be mistaken for a reprinting of WW #179, minus the Stevie intro.

In issue 193, Sekowsky said he got sick and this was the only way they could get an issue out this month.

Interesting to see how much better the colors are now, but that in recollection Diana now dresses in white or lightest blue where before she hadn't. Well, I never liked those dreary army-green outfits she started out with, anyway.

When she finishes telling/reprinting her story, dawn is breaking and they face a quick, two-page attack of burning oil and arrows from a flying ship. The attack on the castle will take place next ish.

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WW #192Issue #192, Jan-Feb 1971. "Assault on Castle Skull." (Shades of He-Man and Skeletor -- the castle had a huge image of a skull as its front gate.) Ranagor's father's army tries vainly to take the castle. When they seem utterly defeated, Diana teaches them how to make gunpowder and cannon. Shame on her!

Outrageous threads!Yet even with cannon and bazookas against castle walls and flying ships, we find that the good guys lose. It helps the queen that for whatever reason, the castle holds three walls for them to breech -- which doesn't make a lick of sense, does it?

Queen of ChalandorSo Diana and Ranagor issue personal combat challenges to the Queen of Chalandor and her champion. Ranagor bests his foe, but when Diana turns to tell him that he can't help her -- it would be unfair (and yet it was fair to teach them advanced war technology, Di?) -- the queen flees.

Diana then loads a wagon with kegs of gunpowder and sends it into the castle's main gate. The queen finally has to surrender and is sentenced to wander the countryside dressed in the clothes on her back, sure to be torn to pieces by her former subjects.

Hippolyta and the Amazons arrive after the battle and Diana journeys back to Paradise with them, where she stays a week before returning to Earth.

Badly paced story, really. It all runs together. Just forgettable with forgettable characters and a very ordinary sword-and-sorcery plotline. And Diana even violates the Prime Directive. Yawn.

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WW #193Issue #193, Mar-Apr 1971. "Angela" sure reads like another plagiarized movie, but I don't know which one it could be. It's just very un-Diana Prince-ish, but we'll give her the benefit of the doubt until someone can nominate a movie this was based upon. Sekowsky certainly set it up far enough before, back in "THEM!" and had been hinting about it regularly in lettercols since.

We discover the mystery of Angela Petrucci, sister to Tony. One day Mrs. P comes to Diana for help because Tony is gone -- and so is his gun. The subject of the missing Angela comes up. Turns out that three years ago she'd been at a party where someone had spiked the punch with something nasty that left three people dead and Angela in a coma for a year. These days she lives in a nursing home, mute and not recognizing her family.

At the scene of the crime, Tony had accused Eddie Dean, who had pulled off a "practical joke" back in Nam that had almost cost the lives of an entire patrol. But Eddie had suffered a little from the effects of the punch as well, and Tony had crossed him off his suspects list. Tony had searched for answers ever since then, questioning everyone in the neighborhood incessantly and even taking out his anger by beating up vagrants.

Now Mrs. P thinks that Tony has found out something and he'll be out for blood. Diana tries to find his trail, questioning everyone she can, including Eddie. She throws off an attack on the street and finds out that a neighborhood thug named Runty Sneed paid to have her discouraged. But when she finds Runty, it's just as he's been shot. Though he's dead, she pretends that he whispers something to her and then waits for someone to take the bait.

Walking the streets and making a target of herself, someone comes along to take aim. Though Diana spots them in time to duck, she gets the license plate of their car and tracks it. (Can you guess who it is? You can? Oh darn.)

That's right -- Tony faces down Eddie on the site of a skyscraper under construction. As Tony fires at Eddie, Eddie confesses to spiking the punch with pepper and vinegar as a gag, not knowing that the cleaning lady kept powerful industrial detergent in a vinegar bottle. But later it's implied that Eddie had full knowledge of what he was doing -- lining up "a new batch of customers" whose business allowed him to keep a plush apartment on Park Avenue -- and that the spike wasn't detergent but something more illegal.

Diana has to talk Tony out of killing Eddie. The police arrest Eddie and he gives a full confession. In an awkward denouement, Angela comes home, hale and hearty and with full mental faculties, to get Tony's permission to marry her therapist.

Very over-the-top melodramatic. If the Comics Code had let them talk about drugs instead of hemming and hawing on everything, this might have been a much better story.

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