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”:
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:
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:
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.