Orion Takes Center Stage In A New Arc In Superman

Last August, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang brought Orion into the New 52 at the end of Wonder Woman #12, and since then he’s been a key part of the series and has now joined Wonder Woman’s weird little family.  The book has been very self-contained since the relaunch, with little to no spillover into other DC books.  Wonder Woman’s off having her own adventures with her own supporting cast, and while she shows up in other books like Justice League there’s no real connection to her main series and no one else has made the leap to other series.  It looks like that’s all about to change.

In Superman #18, out today, Orion shows up in Metropolis, and it seems that he’s playing a big role in a new storyline called “Metropolis Burning”:

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Then next month, in the recently revealed full WTF cover for Superman #19 (it’s such a dumb promotional idea, and the impact is destroyed pretty much entirely by having Orion show up the issue before), Orion is the “shocking” other half to the foldout cover that has Wonder Woman and Superman all flummoxed:

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Finally, in May it looks like Superman and Orion are going to have some strong disagreements if the cover to Superman #20 is any indication:

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Other New Gods have been popping up in the New 52 books here and there lately, but Orion was exclusive to Wonder Woman before now.  Obviously the Wonder Woman/Superman romance means she’s going to be around a bit more elsewhere, and we did see Eros in that Young Romance special a little while back, but a sustained appearance by a Wonder Woman-based character in another series is something new.  It was bound to happen with this dumb romance they’ve set up, and I’m more than certain it’ll play out that Superman is all jealous and thinking Orion has designs on Wonder Woman and they’ll fight over that and it’ll be stupid.

Now, the real question is will we start to see some spillover from the New 52 into Wonder Woman?  With the character’s branching out a bit, I’m curious to see if we get any reciprocation.  I hope not, because I enjoy that Wonder Woman has carved out its own little corner of the universe.  You can just read Wonder Woman and forget that she’s dating Superman or involved in some random war with Atlantis and whatever other (often lame) stuff is going on elsewhere.  We’ll have to see whether this Orion story in Superman is a herald of change for Wonder Woman, or just a case of someone borrowing a cool and awesomely redesigned character.  I’m hoping it’s the latter.

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8 Responses to “Orion Takes Center Stage In A New Arc In Superman”

  1. Karl Says:

    The more I see Orion around the DC books, the more I fear the only reason Wonder Woman was ‘rebooted’ the way it was was in order to bring back the New Gods into regular DC continuity – shes simply a conduit to reintroduce them all back. No wonder she hardly features.

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      I’m not sure if it was the only reason, but the wide presence of the New Gods seems to suggest something bigger is afoot and Orion’s inclusion in Wonder Woman might have been more than just some random idea Azzarello had.

  2. Your Senior Drill Instructor Says:

    Azzarello did an interview with Comic Vine last week in which he reaffirmed his commitment to keeping Superman and this “romance” the f*ck away from his book. I get the feeling that he hates it as much as we do. Its interesting that for the most part, he gets to tell the story that he wants to tell without being pestered by editorial like other writers have since the inception of the New 52.

    Maybe he has some incriminating photos of Dan DiDio or Jim Lee? 🙂

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      I’m worried that this barrier is going to fall soon. Azzarello’s done well to carve out his own corner of the universe, but the pressure to tie into other things must be immense. If Azzarello can survive the pressure, I’ve got to assume that whoever takes over next will be a complete 180 and Wonder Woman will be all about the Superman romance and whatever other crap is going on across the universe.

  3. Your Senior Drill Instructor Says:

    I don’t mind Orion showing up in another book once in a while. But why does he have to be in Superman’s book? They should have him show up somewhere in which he can bring more awareness to WW’s book. Maybe a WW/Batman crossover? That would most assuredly get those sales figures back up. 🙂

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Not that I hate this not-really-reboot overall … in fact it works as a marketing gag pretty well for me, because I picked up a lot of the new 52 books (now regularly just Earth 2, Green Lantern, Justice League and Justice League of America are left).

    BUT besides the continuity chaos a little bit of coherence and logical consequences would be nice.

    As for the New Gods: I really liked the idea that Darkseid’s attack on the Earth was the event that formed the Justice League. It also nice to see how different it happend on Earth 2 … however, what we see in both books – Justice League and Earth 2 – is Darkseid attacking from another dimension or at least from deep space or whereever … fact is that the boom tubes are his only entrance! Fact is that the Justice League only managed to fight him back by closing the boom tubes and therefore supply and the door to Earth!

    Cyborg merged with the Motherbox technology and can now control the boom tubes on Earth … he closed it when Darkseid attacked? And he would recognize the opening of a boom tube on Earth. Right so far?

    So if this Orion and the New Gods are not Darkseid related in this new 52 universe … what are they? Besides it would be totally senseless and dumb to not relate the New Gods to Darkseid!
    But then … if Orion is Darkseid related … this means he comes from the same place as Darkseid … his only entrance is a boom tube … boom tubes would understandably alert Cyborg and the Justice League.
    So how did Orion came to Earth?

    It’s so annoying that anything at DC that isn’t done by Geoff Johns are totally incoherent and totally lacks a creative approach to work with the rich history (or call it continuity) of the DCU!

    • Frobin Jojo Says:

      Sorry, I forgot id above … so again a little less anonymous:
      ————————————————

      As for the New Gods: I really liked the idea that Darkseid’s attack on the Earth was the event that formed the Justice League. It also nice to see how different it happend on Earth 2 … however, what we see in both books – Justice League and Earth 2 – is Darkseid attacking from another dimension or at least from deep space or whereever … fact is that the boom tubes are his only entrance! Fact is that the Justice League only managed to fight him back by closing the boom tubes and therefore supply and the door to Earth!

      Cyborg merged with the Motherbox technology and can now control the boom tubes on Earth … he closed it when Darkseid attacked? And he would recognize the opening of a boom tube on Earth. Right so far?

      So if this Orion and the New Gods are not Darkseid related in this new 52 universe … what are they? Besides it would be totally senseless and dumb to not relate the New Gods to Darkseid!
      But then … if Orion is Darkseid related … this means he comes from the same place as Darkseid … his only entrance is a boom tube … boom tubes would understandably alert Cyborg and the Justice League.
      So how did Orion came to Earth?

      It’s so annoying that anything at DC that isn’t done by Geoff Johns are totally incoherent and totally lacks a creative approach to work with the rich history (or call it continuity) of the DCU!

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