Weekly Wonder Woman: Justice League Beyond #23

Justice League Beyond #23

It was slightly hard to find Diana in Wonderland last week. While Lex Luthor was busily trying to get Batman to confess his true identity in Justice League #31, all she got to do was fly around a bit with Superman.

Wonder Woman and Superman in Justice League #32

Flashing forward to after the ‘Superman: Doomed storyline’ to the events of Superman #32, Diana’s too busy with her family to show up:

Diana's too busy for Superman

So that means we’re going to have settle for future, alternative universe Wonder Woman over in Justice League Beyond #23, where she’s getting beaten up by Lord Superman… and her son, Zod. Oh well.

Justice League Beyond #23

After Wonder Woman and Lord Superman disabuse their son, Zod, of his notions about his parenthood, there’s a fight, although Wonder Woman refuses to take part against her son.

Brainiac is not your father

Zod fights

Wonder Woman refuses to fight

Which is probably a mistake, since Lord Superman has the Watchmen plan of killing her off to provide a cause for everyone on his home Earth to unify behind.

Let's kill Wonder Woman

Zod thinks the idea is terrible – Wonder Woman agrees.

Wonder Woman refuses to die

And when Batman plays back Lord Superman’s plan to the Justice Lords, they agree, too, and decide to sort out Lord Superman.

The Justice Lords hear the plan

The Justice Lords are not impressed

Unfortunately for them, Lord Superman has a magic anti-magic gun that stops superpowered things.

The anti-magic magic gun

Everyone is de-magicked

But then up pops Batman Beyond in Lord Batman’s anti-Lord Superman kryptonite suit to save the day.

Batman Beyond in a kryptonite suit

That doesn’t work out that well, except then Superman decides that Lord Superman needs sorting out, although he won’t kill Superman.

Superman takes on Lord Superman

Superman's not a killer

However, Batman Beyond has a few ideas of his own.

Let's beat up Lord Superman

Is it any good?
Not really. Being a bi-weekly title, clearly not as much thought has gone into either the plotting or the art as with a monthyl; equally, being an offshoot of a Batman title and with Wonder Woman a late arrival even to that, she’s more a guest star in Everyone Loves Batman (and Superman) than a character who’s had much consideration put into her.

So in this issue, as with the previous issue, we have Wonder Woman being easily beaten by Lord Superman, after a few punches. Worse than that, in that final “de-powering” scene, writer Christos Gage just forgets about her. She’s not in the crowd with the Justice Lords so doesn’t get shot by his magic anti-magic gun, yet when Superman and Lord Superman are slugging it out, she’s still nowhere to be found, despite clearly being able to turn Lord Superman into a mushy pulp without any effort at this point. As huge plot holes go, forgetting the most powerful woman on two worlds has clearly got to be quite a big one.

Leaving aside Diana for a minute, the characterisation of pretty much everyone is off and Lord Superman might as well be twirling a moustache at this point. Still, it’s 69p, so as always, we shouldn’t be going and expecting anything too amazing.

Rating: 2/5 (3.5/5 for the price)


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.