Azzarello and Chang off Wonder Woman Dec 1, 2014 14:15:33 GMT -5
Post by jonathan on Dec 1, 2014 14:15:33 GMT -5
I've been mulling this over today. I'm not sure that I totally agree. Or rather, I think it could be seen both ways. I think you're right that WW's origin was intended to show Hippolyta deeply desiring to love a child, so much so that the child became real (with a bit of a divine assist). But on the other hand, this can be seen as an act of selfishness from a woman who placed her own desires above the needs of her community. Certainly, there have been WW runs that have played it that way. I think both those things can be held in tension. For me, WW's origin is another example of how she struggles with contradiction. And for me, this is why I find WW to be a more interesting character than Superman or Batman (though I love them both), because even though her story is far less plausible in some ways, the complex set of things she has to reconcile within herself makes her seem more real to me. It seems more like what most of us have to come to terms with in ourselves.
On the JSM run, definitely give it another try! I can understand how it was a strange thing to pivot to after Gail Simone, but it helps if you think of it as an alt version of the character. And believe me, it's worth it to go through to the end. Without being too spoilery... hmm... remember that scene in Superman 3 when drunken, messed up Superman fights himself? Yeah. Imagine that, but with Wonder Woman and without the alcohol. Oh, and a lot cooler looking.