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A Big Change for Wonder Woman in DC Universe Rebirth #1 (And Why the Special Irks Me)

May 25, 2016

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DC Comics new initiative “Rebirth” is now underway, with the oversized special issue DC Universe Rebirth #1 hitting comic shops at midnight last night. DC titles will begin to relaunch starting in June, allegedly bringing a new tone to the DC universe that will focus on hope and inspiration rather than the darkness and cynicism that characterized the bulk of DC’s New 52 run over the past five years. It’s a big change for the publisher, and hopefully one that will lead to some better comic books as these new titles unfold.

So what does DC Universe Rebirth #1 hold for Wonder Woman? Not a lot. She gets one page. Or rather, her potential future story gets one page that she’s not even on and then she appears in a group shot on a different page, and that’s about it. The special reveals that Diana has a twin brother named Jason who is out in the world somewhere, and that he has powers. A twin means that DC is probably sticking with the new Wonder Woman origin story in which she’s the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta and not crafted from clay by her mother. This is a bummer, because that’s a dumb origin and parthenogenesis is so much more fun.

I’m curious to see if the existence of Diana’s mysterious twin is part of the “Lies” that make up the present day story arc of Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp’s upcoming run on Wonder Woman. A secret twin would certainly be quite a lie that would shake things up for Wonder Woman. If I’m being honest, this reveal strikes me as sort of dumb; we’ve seen secret siblings for Wonder Woman a bunch of times already, and it never turns out particularly interesting.

Even more dumb is the way in which it’s revealed in DC Universe Rebirth #1: Grail tells it to baby Darkseid. “Who is Grail and why is Darkseid a baby?” you might ask. Excellent questions. Grail is the daughter of Darkseid and an Amazon who’s been appearing in the recent “Darkseid War” story in Justice League, and Darkseid is a baby because he was destroyed in said war but has now been reborn; I think he was Superwoman’s kid? I haven’t been paying super close attention. The larger point here is that to understand this scene, and the special in general, you have to be very up-to-date on what’s been going on in DC’s comics as of late. It’s really not a book for casual or new readers.

This is exemplified by the core story of the book, the return of Wally West. “There’s already a Wally West in the current DC Universe!” you might say. Excellent point. He’s been in a bunch of comics, is a black kid like he is on The Flash television show, and he’s got super speed like his uncle Barry. But as it turns out, THAT Wally is a totally different dude and not an updated version of the character, the son of a different brother of Iris who happens to also be named Wally. The REAL Wally West is the newly returned Wally, a white guy who was a speedster from the 1950s on until he got erased and replaced (momentarily) by the new Wally when DC rebooted their line in 2011. Are you confused yet? The old Wally has come back to reveal the malevolent force behind the 2011 reboot and restore his rightful place in continuity because lord knows we can’t ever replace a white character with a black one without the white guy having to come back sooner than later.

The malevolent force is Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen, who apparently has been phunking with the DC Universe. “Isn’t Watchmen set in a completely different universe, and a classic that DC should stop screwing around with after the mess that was Before Watchmen?” you might ask. Excellent observations. But they’re doing it. And presumably it’s all going to lead up to DC heroes vs. Watchmen characters and I have no idea how that’s not going to suck.

So, to have a half decent understanding of DC Comics Rebirth #1 you have to a) be up to date on DC’s recent comics, b) have a solid understanding of DC’s continuity, particularly the history of Wally West, c) also have a solid understanding of DC’s publishing history and it’s various reboots and relaunches, and d) have read Watchmen because the ending will make literally zero sense if you haven’t. It’s a super inaccessible book. If you’re not steeped in DC comic books on multiple fronts, you’re going to miss out on a lot. And that’s a dumb way to make a comic book that’s supposed to introduce a fresh, NEW relaunch.

I should also add that the special is edited by known sexual harasser Eddie Berganza, a man who remained at the publisher after the slightest of slaps on the wrist following his misconduct a few years back and remains a key architect of the DC Universe as a whole. The guy is in charge of the Superman books specifically, which is ironic and gross. Just as the special’s focus on past continuity celebrates the “good old days” of comics, so too does Berganza’s involvement reflect the insular “good old boys” network of comic book editors and creators who turn a blind eye to sexual harassment and couldn’t care less about women in general. Incidentally, there’s not a single woman in the credits page; fifteen different people worked on the book, all of them men. So yeah, Berganza’s continued role at DC Comics may be enough to put you off of “Rebirth” and the publisher as a whole, a very understandable stance that seems like the best option more and more.

Anyway, we were talking about Wonder Woman. She’s got a brother. It sounds kind of dumb, but Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Nicola Scott are all ridiculously good at comics and I trust them to do an excellent job with Diana. I’m excited for the new Wonder Woman, intrigued by the two new Batgirl titles and a superpowered Lois Lane in Superwoman, and I might try Detective Comics for Batwoman and Cassandra Cain. Other than that, not much is grabbing me. The lack of new reader friendliness in DC Universe Rebirth #1 hasn’t sold me on this new direction well at all. Hopefully some fun things come of it, but this first big outing felt like a misstep to me. The only thing I really liked was this ad at the end, which looks amazing:

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Wonder Woman Comic to Ship Bi-Monthly Starting in June, No Creators Announced Yet

February 19, 2016

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The annual ComicsPRO retailers meeting, in which comic shop owners meet with major comics publishers to discuss and preview the year ahead, is going on in Portland, Oregon right now, and yesterday DC made a major announcement that confirmed some long brewing rumours. Starting in June, DC is going to kick off “Rebirth”, a relaunch of their superhero line that will see all of their continuing titles debut new #1 issues (except for Batman and Action Comics, which will return to their original numbering and both be up in the #900s), premiere a bunch of new books, and have several series move to bi-monthly shipping.

Details were vague, but it sounds like DC is trying to merge the best of their New 52 universe with elements of their old universe. The name itself is a callback to past successful event books like Green Lantern: Rebirth and The Flash: Rebirth, both from the pre-New 52 era. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns explained the intended audience for this new line:

If you have, like me, long boxes of DC Comics, you will be very happy. If you’ve never read a DC comic before, you won’t be too lost. This is definitely for comic book readers more than it is for casual readers, just like “Green Lantern: Rebirth,” but that doesn’t mean it’s exclusive of them.

“Definitely for comic book readers more than it is for casual readers” bums me out a bit, partly because it’s exclusionary and partly because it’s just straight up dumb. Hardcore nerds like me are going to be there anyway, no matter what DC does. Marketing directly to us comes with a certain ceiling, because our ranks aren’t exactly growing in any real way. That base has been about the same for the last decade. New readers are where growth can come from, and relaunching a new line in which they “won’t be too lost” is a bad idea. I appreciate that it’s difficult to branch out and bring in a new audience, but that’s how you keep your books from stagnating, like most of the line has since the New 52 relaunch.

Anyway, onto what’s up for Wonder Woman! The book will be one of several series moving to a bi-monthly schedule starting in June 2016. First there will be a Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 special and then the new series will launch. DC didn’t announce any creators yesterday (though myself and my entire Twitter feed had a collective heart attack when news broke that Meredith Finch would be writing a Lois Lane series; luckily it was just a hoax) so we have no idea who will be on the book; the biggest rumour is that Marguerite Bennett will be writing it, but another rumour is that DC is having multiple writers take stabs at the new books, often without them knowing that’s happening, and that most of the creative teams are still very much up in the air right now. DC says they’ll unveil the creative teams in a month at WonderCon, but I’d expect a slow release of names from DC starting in the next couple of weeks to build up to the full reveal.

So, Wonder Woman will be out twice a month. For $2.99 instead of $3.99, but it’ll be two issues so it’ll actually be $5.98. For that kind of money, it better be good. And the thing is, it’s hard to be good on a bi-monthly schedule. That kind of writing pace is ridiculously harsh, and pretty much impossible on the art side of things. That means rotating artists and fill-in teams, which will add up to inconsistent and probably often rushed art. If you’ve read any of DC’s recent weekly books, you can see what I mean; while not exactly terrible, they’re not exactly polished either. The pace is just too hectic. I worry that bi-weekly books are a recipe for comics that can only be average at best. It’s certainly not a recipe for high quality work.

It looks like Wonder Woman will have a supporting role in at least a couple of other new series that will roll out into the fall. I anticipate that they’ll be in one, if not both, of Justice League and Justice League America, and the new Trinity book seems poised to feature Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman. Plus, Superman/Wonder Woman is no more, which is great news, even though it reduces Wonder Woman to just one mainline headlining title. I was hoping she’d get a second solo book like Batman and Superman, what with the movie on the way and all, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards yet. Maybe in 2017, as the film nears.

I’ll have more news on the new bi-monthly Wonder Woman once we get any more news other than its title and release schedule. The good thing is, Wonder Woman is such a terrible comic right now that it really can’t get any worse. There’s nowhere to go but up at this point, even though it’s going to be a somewhat expensive up with two books a month.

Wonder Woman Footage From Last Night’s “Dawn of the Justice League” Special

January 20, 2016

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The CW aired a look at DC’s upcoming movie slate last night, hosted by Kevin Smith because for some reason Warner Bros. thinks that Kevin Smith is someone that people want to listen to? I don’t know what was up with that. We got more footage from each of this year’s new releases; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still looks pretty dumb and Suicide Squad still looks intriguing. I’d be far more interested in the latter than the former, if Wonder Woman wasn’t in the former, looking so dang cool.

Speaking of which, they showed a few seconds of Wonder Woman footage from the upcoming film currently shooting in England! And it looked pretty good, too. Here’s the full clip of their Wonder Woman segment:

And here are most of the key moments in GIF mode:

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There weren’t a ton of details in the footage, but it all looked cool. I thought that the foggy, wooded scenes were maybe Themyscira, but I’m pretty sure it’s just England, given the dudes in the mix on the horses. Plus, they JUST cast Hippolyta, so I doubt they’ve even shot any Themyscira scenes yet. There’s a fight scene with some soldiers that was very fun, and Diana is classy and fun in her old school garb and glasses. Gal Gadot really does look great as Wonder Woman all around. All of the snippets of footage we’ve seen of her in Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman have been fantastic.

We got some insight into how they’re approaching the character as well. Her film is going to be an origin story, though we didn’t get information about which one; rumours are it will be her New 52 origin, but everyone was vague. Gal Gadot said of the film, “We’re gonna see her coming of age, the entire history, what’s her mission,” so it should establish her roots pretty solidly, whatever they may be in this incarnation.

On the Amazons, Geoff Johns explained that:

The Amazons were once created to protect man’s world but they since abandoned it, and Diana is asking constantly, “Why don’t we go do what we were created to do and protect man?” and they say, “Because they’re not worth it.” And this takes her on a journey into our world.

Which I have mixed feelings about. The “created to protect man’s world” thing isn’t something we haven’t seen a lot. It was sort of an angle in the George Perez era in the 80s, but there was more too them then that. And “they’re not worth it” feels overly simplistic; the Amazons always leave the world of men under unpleasant, complicated circumstances. I may be reading too much into a brief and obviously heavily edited snippet, but I don’t think that Johns captured the essence of the Amazons well there.

Johns also doubles down on the martial angle we’ve been seeing with her constant sword wielding:

She’s an Amazon warrior, she’s the best fighter in the DC universe. She has strength and speed and she’s been training her whole life for war.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love an ass kicking Wonder Woman, but there’s so much more to the character than that. Luckily, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins gets it:

The greatest thing about Wonder Woman is how good and kind and loving she is, yet none of that negates any of her power.

High five to Patty Jenkins for GETTING IT. This was the most encouraging bit of the segment for me. I love that the film has someone at the helm who understands that Wonder Woman is more than just a warrior, and that love and kindness are her primary motivations. I feel like that bodes well for the movie.

Also, Chris Pine remains a delight. I didn’t love his casting originally, but he is SO on board with making Wonder Woman the awesome hero he should be. In all of his press lately he seems excited and proud to get to be a part of the film, and in the special he said, “Telling a story like this now is pivotal and important, this story of a very powerful woman.”

Finally, while the segment was pretty vague on plot details for Wonder Woman, I think I caught something that might have showed who the villain is. In a segment where Kevin Smith and Geoff Johns talked about DC villains, they showed artwork of the bad guys, all of them connected to either Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad, but there was also this brief image:

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That’s Ares, the God of War, as drawn by George Perez. And Wonder Woman, of course. Since everyone else they showed is connected to a movie in some way, presumably Ares is going to play a part in Wonder Woman. Which makes sense, given the World War One setting; it’s an environment ideal for a God of War.

Overall, everything I saw has me cautiously optimistic about Wonder Woman! I still think that the World War One setting is weird, and I don’t love making her the old, wise one instead of someone more modern and identifiable for audiences, specifically young girls, but nonetheless it’s a new angle for the character that could prove interesting. Gal Gadot looks the part, the brief action was cool, and Patty Jenkins seems like a great choice to direct the project. I’m still shocked and delighted that this is actually happening, and all of the clips from the special have me excited for what’s to come.

Wonder Woman’s February 2016 Covers and Solicits

November 18, 2015

DC’s February 2016 solicits went up on Monday, and it looks to be a fairly busy month for Wonder Woman, with all of her usual series plus a special and a couple of team books. It’s been good to see Wonder Woman having an increased presence across the DC universe lately, even if her two mainline titles have been not so great. Let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to this February, starting with Wonder Woman #49:

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WONDER WOMAN #49
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and SCOTT HANNA
Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
Wonder Woman Triptych variant cover by • KIM JUNG GI
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman confronts what the return of Ares and Apollo will mean for her, and how it will impact her role as the God of War.

The return of Ares and Apollo is a surprise, but also not a surprise at all once you think about it. They’re gods. They never go away for good. Their return could really shake things up, both for Wonder Woman as the God of War and for Hera controlling Olympus, though neither of these things have been a huge part of the book as of late. In fun news, Wonder Woman’s back in her old costume! Hopefully that’s a change that sticks. Her new one outfit was not great.

Next up is Superman/Wonder Woman #26:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #26
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by ED BENES
Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
Superman Triptych variant cover by KIM JUNG GI
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“Savage Dawn” continues! Suffering a terrible loss, Wonder Woman comes to the aid of the Kryptonite-charged Man of Steel to face the terror of the twins of Vandal Savage!

I didn’t know that Vandal Savage had twins. I must be out of the Vandal Savage loop. He’s always been a weird character for me. He sounds cool; an immortal dude constantly trying to take over the world and such. That should be fun. But I’ve yet to read a really good Vandal Savage story. Anyway, his twins are in this one and Superman’s all jacked up with Kryptonite and, if EVERY issue of this series that has come out already is any indication, this probably won’t be terribly good.

And now, a comic that is fantastic, The Legend of Wonder Woman #2:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #2
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
On sale FEBRUARY 10 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
As their training sessions grow more intense, Alcippe teaches Diana about life as well as battle while the island they both love continues its fall. When the festival of Anthesteria dawns, so too does the possibility of an Amazonian revolt against Queen Hippolyta!

We’re only one issue into this book, digitally, but DANG it’s so good. And it looks like there’s a ton of fun stuff coming up as well. It’s a fresh take on Wonder Woman that’s iconic and true to her roots, and the first issue knocked it out of the park. I’m so excited for the second digital issue to come out tomorrow! This is going to be gorgeous in print, too. Definitely add this series to your pull list, gang.

Wonder Woman also looks to be playing a key role in Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR SPECIAL #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by OSCAR JIMENEZ
Cover by JASON FABOK
Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
Batman triptych variant cover by KIM JUNG GI
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The massive “Darkseid War” epic continues to set the stages for the future of the DC Universe as we reveal the secrets behind its newest major player: Darkseid’s daughter, Grail! And if the Justice League is not careful, the spoils of war will all end up with her! See the truth behind Grail’s role in this war and the future of the DC Universe as she tears her way across it. Don’t miss this extra-sized special offered at the regular price of $3.99!

This Darkseid War situation has been going on for ages! I don’t know much about it, but I do know that Darkseid’s daughter Grail is half-Amazon, and that Wonder Woman supposedly has played a decent-sized role throughout the event. I’m actually looking forward to reading it all once it’s collected; Jason Fabok’s been doing most of the art, and he draws a fantastic Wonder Woman. If you’ve been keeping up with the main Justice League book, be sure to pick up this special.

Elsewhere at DC, Wonder Woman is part of the team in Bryan Hitch’s Justice League of America #8, she’s fighting World War Two with some other lady superheroes in the wonderful DC Comics Bombshells #9, and Donna Troy is a regular part of Titans Hunt #5.

Look for all of these books this February, online and in comic shops everywhere! If you’re on a budget, I’d recommend the digital-first books above the rest; both The Legend of Wonder Woman and DC Comics Bombshells are excellent, enjoyable showcases for Wonder Woman.

First Set Photos From Wonder Woman Movie Emerge OR It’s Really Happening!

November 16, 2015

Warner Bros. has teased Wonder Woman fans with a possible movie for well over a decade now, with various projects ramping up and then falling apart. It’s been a tough run. We’ve had multiple Supermans, Batmans, and Spider-Mans, but no Wonder Woman. Now, while Wonder Woman’s going to be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and her own movie has been in development, Wonder Woman fans are cautious. We’ve been down this road before. But now it’s unofficially official: A Wonder Woman movie is shooting, for real! Actor Saïd Taghmaoui posted a couple of photos from the set on his Instagram account before quickly deleting them, proving that the film is underway.

One was a shot of the actors’ chairs with their names on them:

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Gal Gadot is starring as Wonder Woman, of course, Chris Pine is reportedly playing Steve Trevor, and Saïd Taghmaoui’s part is unknown (though in a French language interview he apparently mentioned that he was playing a superhero, but take that news with a grain of Google Translate salt).

Taghmaoui also posted a photo of himself and Chris Pine in old timey garb:

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This may confirm the rumour that part of the movie will take place during World War One. The costumes certainly suggest that era. World War Two would be the more logical fit for Wonder Woman, seeing as that’s when she was actually created and her first origin very much ties in with it, but those clothes seem to be from an earlier era.

Further confirming the news that shooting of Wonder Woman is now underway, on November 10, DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns tweeted “It’s THE DAY!” to director Patty Jenkins. Given the subsequent photo leak, I think we can safely assume what day Johns was referring to.

So the Wonder Woman movie is definitely happening! Pre-production is one thing; we’ve been there before. But this is actual shooting, with costumes and name chairs and everything that makes it a real film. It’s all very exciting. Here’s hoping it’s decent! Warner Bros. totally blew my trust that they can make good superhero films with Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman looks to be similarly dark and dreary, but Wonder Woman has the potential to be its own thing and take a new, hopefully more fun and colourful, tack. I’m guessing we’ve got a while to go yet before we see anything official; the movie’s not out until June 23, 2017. But it’s coming!

Jason Fabok Draws A Fierce, Rad Wonder Woman In Justice League

September 8, 2015

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I’m late to the party on this, I know. Jason Fabok took over the art duties on Justice League way back in November, and has been doing a stellar job since then. But the first collection featuring his artwork just came out recently, and I read it the other day. The stories were fine, if a little generic. I liked the Amazo virus arc better than the Luthor trying to join the Justice League bit. I mean, we all knew that was going to go sideways, but the Amazo virus allowed for a fun Justice League vs. zombies thing.

But the best part of the book was Jason Fabok’s art. While I’d seen previews of the issues and had glimpses of the book, and also read some of his other books before, I was nonetheless blown away when I saw his new stuff up close. Drawing the entire Justice League well is a tough gig, and he absolutely kills it. Fabok’s got a great feel for classic superhero action, and his style strikes me as sort of a combination of Jim Lee and Phil Jimenez. He does a solid job with every Justice League member, but his Wonder Woman is just fantastic.

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First, Fabok’s tweaked her costume, and seems to have combined the good bits of her New 52 outfit with the good bits of her costume in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The mix works beautifully. She looks like a warrior, which is appropriate for Justice League; when she’s out with the Justice League, she’s on duty and needs to be ready to stop some serious threats. Plus Justice League is DC’s action blockbuster title, and there are going to be a lot of fights. Fabok’s Wonder Woman is well prepared for whatever comes up.

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I like the small changes to each element of her costume. Her bullet deflecting bracelets are more heavy duty now, almost gauntlets. The new skirt allows for a lot of movement while covering her up a bit more than the classic briefs. The tweaks to the eagle crest on her chest are minor but add character to the costume. Fabok’s also altered the tiara, adding a little step down for the top point that looks kind of cool. The list of changes is lengthy once you sit back and think about it, but Fabok has retained everything that makes Wonder Woman’s look iconic, just with some updates for a more martial scenario.

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Fabok also draws her fighting well. She’s strong and fierce, but also agile. His Wonder Woman isn’t just brute force; she’s got a lot of movement and obvious training behind her actions. The Amazo virus arc was a strong showcase for Wonder Woman all around. As one of the few Justice League members not infected, she got to play a bigger part in the story than usual, and was a more significant factor in the battle scenes. With Geoff Johns finally giving her something to do and Fabok drawing it so well, the storyline was DC’s best mainline showcase for Wonder Woman over the past year, including the two series she actually headlines.

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Fabok is still the primary artist on Justice League, but I’m again behind the times and won’t know a whole lot about the “Darkseid War” event until the collection comes out. I’m quite looking forward to it now, though. Fabok’s clearly but a lot of effort into his Wonder Woman, redesigning her costume and choreographing cool fight scenes for her. It’s nice to see someone put such obvious care into the character, and with such quality results. I’m excited to see more, and I hope he stays with Wonder Woman for a long while.

The Amazons Are Up To More Troubling Shenanigans In DC’s Free Comic Book Day Divergence Special

May 6, 2015

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I hope that everyone had a lovely Free Comic Book Day and got loads of great stuff. I had no idea that Drawn and Quarterly was putting out a preview of Kate Beaton’s upcoming Step Aside, Pops, so that was a delightful surprise. Plus I got a Doctor Who comic, some Bob’s Burgers fun, and a peek at some of my favourite characters in Marvel’s All New, All Different Avengers preview. They really need a better name for that, but it looks like it’ll be a fun book. All in all, I picked up a lot of enjoyable comics.

DC’s “Divergence” special is also a comic book. It has words and pictures and things like that. The Batman story was fine, I guess, if you like Batman stories without Batman in them. The Superman story is just straight up ridiculous; don’t even get me started on what DC is doing to Lois Lane right now. It’d be generous to call the final story a Wonder Woman story because she’s only in two panels of it, but it’s definitely an Amazon story. It is also not great.

The New 52 has not been kind to the Amazons. What used to be a feminist utopia in past incarnations is now a cesspool of violence, death, and terrible people. First we learned that the Amazons reproduce by rowing out in their boats and seducing, raping, and murdering male sailors.   Also, the made from clay Wonder Woman origin was all a big lie because Hippolyta just hooked up with Zeus. Currently, the Amazons are in the midst of a civil war, with a murderously inclined Donna Troy battling a more peace loving Diana. Paradise Island is in no way living up to its name these days.

“Divergence” gives us another look back at the Amazons past, and it seems that Hippolyta wasn’t the only one to hook up with a god. An Amazon named Myrina apparently had relations with the evil ruler of the New Gods of Apokalips, Darkseid, because on the same night that Diana was born, Myrina gave birth to Darkseid’s daughter. Her birth gave the oracle Menalippe a vision of the future and what the child will bring, specifically the horrors that will visit the Justice League during DC’s upcoming “Darkseid War” event. Myrina is unfazed by Menalippe’s prophecy, and swiftly kills Menalippe and another Amazon named Penelope after they helped her with the birth. She leaves Paradise Island to raise her daughter, Grail:

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So, more murdering from the Amazons. Plus more getting it on with bad dudes. Plus more death and violence because of the actions of the Amazons. It’s disheartening to see the Amazons denigrated like this over and over again in this new universe. The Amazons haven’t always been perfect, of course. There have been schisms and fights in the past. But the current Paradise Island is relentlessly bleak. Literally the only good thing to come out of it is Wonder Woman, and even she’s not been so great since the relaunch. It’s frustrating to have the Amazons play a big role in “Divergence”, an important comic that tens if not hundreds of thousands of fans will read because it’s free, and have them be like this.

The new universe is almost four years old now, and a new generation of readers who aren’t familiar with the old DC are going to think that this is who the Amazons are, and that’s just sad. Geoff Johns has said repeatedly that Wonder Woman is set to have a big role in the “Darkseid War” event, which was exciting news initially, but now we know that her increased presence will likely be due to the fact that the offspring of Darkseid is half-Amazon. I’m anticipating a lot of “Oh no, sister, how could you?” when they inevitably clash, and I am not looking forward to it in the slightest. The Amazons deserve so much better than this. Wonder Woman deserves so much better than to be dragged into this poor treatment of the Amazons. During a time when so many female characters are getting such fantastic reboots, it’s frustrating to have Wonder Woman and her mythos be so dark, bleak, and unpleasant.


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