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"Savage Ritual": Wonder Woman goes to Paradise Island to find it sinking underwater. She swims under to investigate and finds a strange vessel. She enters the vessel and is accused of having sinned gravely by a strange cube. She is told she must perfo

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The '70s #1 is an issue of the series DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 2011. It was published on July 20, 2011.

Appearing in "Savage Ritual"

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  • Goliath

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Synopsis for "Savage Ritual"

Wonder Woman goes to Paradise Island to find it sinking underwater. She swims under to investigate and finds a strange vessel. She enters the vessel and is accused of having sinned gravely by a strange cube. She is told she must perform three tasks to redeem herself and to restore the island. However, she will not perform them as Wonder Woman, but as she was when she committed the sin - as Diana Prince!

Appearing in "The Fist of Flame"

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  • The Green Buddha (First appearance)
    • The Fist of Flame (First appearance)

Synopsis for "The Fist of Flame"

This story is reprinted from Wonder Woman #201.

Diana and I-Ching visit Jonny Double's office to find him gone, a smear of blood on the floor, and two Asian assassins inside. Both killers perish in battle with the twosome, but one lives long enough to gasp out, "Fist of Flame". I-Ching identifies the Fist of Flame as a giant ruby "said to drive men mad with greed", and the assassins as members of a mountain-man sect devoted to worshiping it. Later, Diana receives a note telling her to get the Fist of Flame if she wants to see Double alive again.

Diana sells her boutique to raise money for the trip. On the way, she and I-Ching see a beautiful and strangely familiar woman on the same flight as themselves. In Tibet, Diana and I-Ching locate the Flame Fist cultists' mountain and see the gem itself, embedded in the forehead of a Buddhist statue. Diana fights her way past the cultists and grabs the gem, only to find herself attacked by Catwoman, who was the woman in disguise in the plane, and who is also in search of the gem. Catwoman kayoes Diana, but is mesmerized herself by the Fist of Flame's hypnotic power.

Both women awaken in another chamber, suspended above a flaming pit by ropes, and supplied with swords with which to fight each other. The cultists tell them that the survivor of their battle will serve them. Diana manages to save both herself and Catwoman, and the cultists' leader dies fighting them. The two women snatch the Fist of Flame, free I-Ching, and run from the cultists' temple. Along the way, Catwoman tells them that she had hired Jonny Double to find the Fist of Flame, but a rival gang, led by I-Ching's daughter Lu Shan, learned of her plans. Abruptly, Diana, Catwoman, and I-Ching phase out of their world, and rematerialize on the world of Nehwon, where they look up to see Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser before them.

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