I trust everyone has already read about this?
If not, here's a link
to the story in Entertainment Weekly yesterday. Read it and weep. And if you're a Superman
and/or Wonder Woman
fan, I mean that literally
Without further ado, EW can exclusively reveal that Superman’s new partner in love is no mere mortal, but a superhero icon in her own right: None other than Wonder Woman. herself.
But wait, there's more!
The comic...culminates months of flirty foreshadowing. Writer Geoff Johns hints that some event — possibly tragic — will impact every member of the Justice League, and cause Superman and Wonder Woman to seek solace in each other and move from super-powered colleagues to power couple. This is no one-issue stunt: “This is the new status quo,” says Johns, adding that the relationship will have a seismic impact on all the heroes and villains in the DC universe.
...The creative team believes the heroes are right for each other. She’s a mythic Amazonian warrior; he’s a veritable demigod. Both have huge hearts for mankind, yet also feel estranged from humanity. Relationships with civilians are tricky for caped crusaders, even liabilities. Usually, they choose to mask their full, true identities and hide their secret, high-risk do-gooding from their lovers to protect them. At least together, Superman and Wonder Woman can be themselves. Oh, and they’re also ridiculously good looking, too. Still, says Johns, expect the new couple to face some unique challenges in their own right.
As a longtime fan of both characters, allow me to give you my completely objective opinion:
This is an UTTERLY HORRIBLE
idea. I mean FUCKING AWFUL.
It absolutely SUCKS ON ICE.
Anyone who could even suggest
this obviously has absolutely no clue whatsoever
as to what Superman
or Wonder Woman
, and by extension Lois Lane
or Steve Trevor
, is supposed to represent in the mythos. It's like they gave the matter no further thought or analysis than "Wow, Superman and Wonder Woman would look really hot together
, like the star quarterback
with the homecoming queen
! And they could have really great sex
But then again, not getting what their characters are supposed to represent
seems to be DC management's trademark
with the Nu52
. If this
is the respect they show our heroes, I'd like the next
big DC hookup to be between the current DC regime and the unemployment line
I usually hate the idea of discussing the similarities between Wonder Woman and Superman because too many people dismiss Wonder Woman as simply a female counterpart
to Superman. Which is dead wrong
. If there's any male hero Diana most closely mirrors, it's Thor
. With smidges of Captain America
and even Black Panther
However, there are
similarities between the two and their roles in the DCU. Both are beings from other lands (other planets
in Kal-El's case) who have demigod-like abilities, including super-strength and flight, and who make their home in the United States. There's also similarities in the symbiosis between them and their human supporting casts, particularly their primary love interests, Lois and Steve.
Not only are Superman and Wonder Woman supposed to be godlike beings in terms of power, they're also supposed to be something we aspire to in terms of personality
. In other words, better people than most of us. And yet they're in love with two ordinary, imperfect mortal humans named Lois and Steve. Why? Because the two demigods see qualities in the two ordinary humans that they
aspire to and even love
. It brings the two demigods down to Earth. It humanizes
Kal and Diana involved with each other means they're hovering above
us. Kal and Diana involved with Lois and Steve, respectively, guarantees they're interacting down here with
us. Honestly, which is more relatable
There's a term for the idea that Superman or Wonder Woman should be romantically involved with other demigod-like characters. It's called missing the fucking point
The closest you would ever want Diana to get to a romantic involvement with a powerful heavy-hitter would be John Henry Irons aka Steel
, because a) without the armor, he's an ordinary guy (like Steve) and b) even with
the armor he's not in her power class. (That's just my
idea; these two were never involved in canon.)
Any real Clark/Diana romance story can only function under one
of the following conditions
1. It's an Elseworlds
story where a) the world has gone to complete hell and
, more importantly
, b) Lois is dead
2. It's a Year One
flashback story. Here it would be logical for them to at least consider the idea, even for the most superficial of reasons, because they're not fully evolved as characters yet.
3. Mind manipulation
is involved. Mind control, amnesia, mind-body switches, possession, magic spells. You know, the usual
Otherwise, it's just a case of the beautiful people getting together. Who the hell cares?
This whole mess raises several questions
does DC think Supes/Wondy is such a storytelling gold mine
? Honestly, have you seen
any decent post-Crisis
stories where Supes and Diana got together romantically other
than Action Comics#600
or Mark Waid's
work? (And no, Joe Kelly's
story doesn't count precisely because they didn't
hook up.) Because from what I've seen, every other post-Crisis story where the two have hooked up has been complete shit
Superman: Distant Fires
. JLA: Act Of God
. The Dark Knight Strikes Again
. Need I say more
And even Waid's Kingdom Come
the Supes/Wondy romance, not because
Now think of all the great stories the Clark/Lois
romance has given us. One immediately springs to mind: Adventures Of Superman#628
, written by Greg Rucka
and illustrated by Matthew Clark
and Nelson DeCastro
. Lois is about to go on an overseas assignment into a war zone, and she wants someone to look after Clark while she's gone. Who
does she call?
This scene encapsulated everything that the relationship between Clark, Lois, and Diana should be. Despite Diana being absolutely gorgeous
, here she's a trusted family friend to Clark and Lois, to the point where Lois has absolutely no problem
asking Diana for the favor above. Rucka and Clark get everything
right in this scene, right down to the womens' different body types
Now isn't that much
better than Dark Knight Strikes Again
, where Frank Miller
seemed to believe a roll in the hay
(or in the sky
) with Wonder Woman completely recharges Superman's powers
did DC de-age
(from Etta) Steve Trevor post-Flushpoint
in the first place
? Because he looked good in khaki
? To make him yet another covert government organization guy
? Really, DC? You bring the quintessential Wonder Woman love interest
back into play just so you can stick him in a role that you could've shoehorned Rick Flag
into? Bringing back Steve and not
having a Diana/Steve romance is like buying an expensive Lamborghini
and using it only for...storage space
And yes, I know the Perez reboot
was what originally took Steve out of play. (The Perez reboot made a lot
of mistakes regarding Diana and her mythos. See: Rape of the Amazons.) But rebooting Steve was supposed to fix
all that. This? It's like finally making a long-procrastinated repair
and then immediately and deliberately breaking
the thing you just fixed
is the real
inspiration for the cover? The EW article says Jim Lee "took inspiration from Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss
and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day in Times Square
However, other diligent readers have noticed a striking resemblance between the cover above and this scene
in 2004's Superman: For Tomorrow
Is Lee trying to be the new Greg Land?
in the name of Sweet Aphrodite
are Wonder Woman's feet
on this cover TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SIZES?
I take it back. Maybe Lee's trying to be the next Rob Liefeld.
5. Where does that leave me and my DC pull list?
Frankly, I don't know. I'm not going the route of Certain Shades Of Limelight
and other comic bloggers who are just dropping DC outright because of yesterday's news. Me? I try to avoid using the sledgehammer when I can use the scalpel. But believe me, it's going be one extremely bloody
I dropped Justice League months ago. The final Dan Jurgens Superman comic released yesterday also marks my last purchase of that book. (Superman by the team behind Red Hood? Pass.) Action Comics has finally started to gel with me, but Morrison's leaving. And then there's the Wonder Woman book.
To Diana fans, the Brian Azzarello/Cliff Chiang Nu52 Wonder Woman comic has been a case of "other than that, Mrs Lincoln...". The shock revelations of Diana's parentage and the Amazons' history distort what Wonder Woman is supposed to be about by adding an unnecessary masculine power source to a character who is supposed to represent female power in its own right (hence the clay origin). Then there's Hippolyta and the Amazons' fate. Despite that, though, this book is still very enjoyable. It's Wonder Woman done Vertigo-style. Chiang's designs for the gods are very unique. How often do you see Hades as a little guy with candles burning atop his head and candle wax covering his eyes? And then there's Strife, Diana's newfound godly stepsister and the book's breakout character.
The thing about all the book's negatives, though? They're all things that are utterly reversible either by writers who succeed Azzarello or even by Azz himself. The revelations could be lies, and is death or petrification ever permanent when you're dealing with gods? This Supes/Diana power couple story, on the other hand? It's canon until the next reboot, and who knows how it will affect Wondy's comic or Action Comics?
The problem with DC's reboot is that it seems to have been executed with all the planning, care, and consistency of monkeys randomly throwing crap against the wall and seeing if it sticks. Wally West, Donna Troy, and Cassandra Cain are too much continuity but Batman having five Robins (no wait, scratch that, four Robins) isn't? If Hal's consistently been a GL all this time why are there 3 other Earth Lanterns? And what about the inconsistencies? Tim Drake used to be Robin, oh wait, no he wasn't. Diana doesn't know Clark and Bruce's secret identities, oh wait, yes she does. Batman approves of Booster's JLI, oh wait, no he doesn't, oh wait, yes he does.
Sure, I still enjoy many of the DCnU's fringe characters' books, such as JL Dark, Frankenstein, Demon Knights, Dial H, Swamp Thing, I Vampire, All-Star Western and the late,great OMAC. But right now DC's mainstream superhero universe, the aspect of DC most recognized by the general public, is rapidly being fucked up beyond recognition.
It's like head honchos Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Dan Didio are trying to remake DC's universe in their own warped image and make the comics cater only to their sensibilities and twisted sense of notalgia, while forgetting they're supposed to be selling to a diverse market. That's why we get reboots no one asked for, like making Barbara Gordon become Batgirl again or OMD'ing Barry Allen or Superman wearing armor. That's why there are no married superheroes in the Nu52 except for Aquaman/Mera and Buddy Baker. That's why Wonder Girl is now dressed like this:
|Yaaaah!!!! STERNUM SPIKES!!!|
As a result, characters who once felt like familiar friends are now either completely gone
or rapidly becoming unrecognizable
, therefore shattering my and other readers' connection to the most familiar characters.
that connection? Well, fuck it, I might as well drop those now-unrecognizable comics and buy independents
instead. It's not coincidence that I've been adding indie titles to my pull list like mad this last year. I just added the new Archer & Armstrong
this month, and I've been picking up virtually all of the Monkeybrain
Don't get me wrong. I'm not boycotting DC's books altogether. But at this rate the only DC superheroes I may continue following will be Zatanna
, Animal Man
and some Bat-characters
. What a shame.