Sunday, October 30, 2005

a bit of geekiness ahead

Lets get one thing straight. I am a huge Wonder Woman fan. I own the entire run post crisis, minus three that I'm trying to track down. I love her. She's such a brilliant character, and it really makes me sad that her character is not often used to her full potential. Writers user her because she's famous and she's a woman. They often neglect to remember that she is arguably the second most powerful superhero that DC has. She's just below Superman, and that's just arguably. Many people believe that she could take Superman down if a fight were allowed to finish to its end.

Last month (WW 221), Wonder Woman was battling the OMAC robot whatsits (if you don't know, it isn't important to the story I'm about to tell), and they threw her into a vat of molten iron. She walked out completely unscathed - she felt the heat, and emerged with basically a sunburn. I had no problem with this when I read it. It was an awesome scene - well written, well executed, slightly not as well drawn, but still! This whole countdown to crisis, people have actually been taking note of the fact that Wonder Woman is a kick-ass woman!

I just realized today that apparently huge arguments have been going on all over the DC fandom. As far as I can tell, people who are Wonder Woman fans have no problem with her walking through molten iron. People who are DC fans and who are just tuning into Wonder Woman because of her involvement with Crisis and the OMAC project are suddenly saying, “woah! - Where did this power come from?” - And they aren’t really listening when they are told, “well, if you look back through her history, paying careful attention to Perez’s handling of her first 80 or so books post-crisis, this is nothing new. - Wonder Woman kicks ass.”

Someone called private joker on the DC message boards quoted Diana’s powers as "In her new incarnation, Wonder Woman was Diana, a princess and an emissary from Paradise Island to Patriarch's world (read: man's world). She possessed incredibly stunning beauty, a gift from the goddess Aphrodite. From Athena, she received the gift of wisdom; from Demeter, the power and strength of the earth; from Hestia, sisterhood with fire; and from Artemis, a rapport with animals and the instincts and prowess of a hunter. Finally, from the god Hermes, she received the gift of speed and the power of flight."

Someone else named leviathn posted a super long post that made me want to cheer.(second post on this page)“What readers need to do is stop complaining when WW is depicted correctly and to start complaining when she is depicted incorrectly. The reason that readers like [the poster I’m responding to] don't understand WW's post crisis powers is that writers in and outside this title are to lazy (Loeb and Morrison come to mind) to do research before using this character. Diana has had very specific invulnerabilities since the Perez days and it is a total shame that when a writer does his homework readers can't recognize it.”

Anyway, I just wanted to share that I’m glad WW walked through molten iron. - She rocks.

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