The first thing I said when I saw Wonder Woman kiss Orion in Wonder Woman #19 is that it would inevitably come up with Superman, and lo and behold it has. Superman #20 finds Orion battling Superman, who has Hector Hammond in his brain or something, in order to erase important secrets of the universe from Hammond’s mind. They duke it out in double page spreads for a while, and then Wonder Woman shows up and gets them both to calm down and sort things out. Then Orion leaves thusly:
I guess Orion is as puzzled by the kiss in Wonder Woman #19 as I am. I mean, if she wanted to threaten to rip his man parts off, she didn’t really need to kiss him first and distraction. She’s a superpowered demigod. She can just quickly reach out and grab.
Anyway, Superman calls Orion a jerk under his breath like it’s some sort of CW teen drama, and then he and Wonder Woman embrace and he says she doesn’t have to explain herself, and probably some indie band is playing a slow song in the background that builds to a crescendo as the scene ends. It’s riveting stuff.
So Wonder Woman is again bleeding into the rest of the New 52, and yet again it’s kind of the crappy parts of the book. I wouldn’t mind if Hermes was showing up everywhere; he’s awesome and fun. But with the raping Amazons and boring Lennox and now the kiss being mentioned, it’s all the lame bits of the series that are getting out. Thankfully Wonder Woman itself remains self-contained, and I hope it continues to be. As much as I have various issues with the book, I appreciate that it is its own thing. I don’t want to see Superman pop up in Wonder Woman, even though Cliff Chiang does draw a fantastic Superman.
I suppose I’m glad they fought BEFORE the whole kiss bit, because a fight after would have been ridiculously tacky. So hooray, it definitely could have been worse and it wasn’t. Hopefully Orion stays out of the Super-books for a while and we don’t have to ever deal with a jealousy-fueled brawl.