It was something of a quiet week for our Diana, last week. Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Four decided to follow Harley Quinn, Hippolyta and Shazam as they escaped Tartarus only to end up on Apokolips, but that didn’t involved Wondy at all. DC Bombshells continued to assemble the Bombshells team, but Wondy and Mera have still yet to make their way to the mainland, so they didn’t feature this week either.
Instead, we merely have the conclusion to Wonder Woman ’77’s latest story and a guest appearance on the somewhat dubious All-Star Section Eight. But before we come to those after the jump, I should point out that contrary to my previous statement on the subject, DC’s massive crossover event Convergence didn’t quite end with the status quo left entirely intact. In fact, three new comics are about to be launched off the back of it, involving previous continuities.
The first is Telos, who was one of the baddies in Convergence, but probably irrelevant for Wonder Woman fans. Titans Hunt, however, is a bit more on our patch, since if the current nu52/DCYou Donna Troy doesn’t appeal to you, Titans Hunt is going to give us a pre-Flashpoint Donna Troy as part of the Teen Titans to enjoy.
Meanwhile, for all those who’ve been hating on Superman/Wonder Woman (and Superman/Wonder Woman) since the nu52 made it canon, joy will be yours as Superman: Lois and Clark launches. That’ll see the further adventures of the still married, still bechilded Lois and Clark of the pre-Flashpoint universe, the big twist being… they’re actually in the DCYou universe and can only watch (and hide) while the Superman, Lois Lane and Wonder Woman of that universe do their own thing.
I’m imagining there might be a cameo or two from the Power Couple, too…
Wonder Woman ’77 #9
The new Cheetah turned up in the Wonder Woman ’77 universe in issues #7 and #8, thanks to some Volume 2-style African deities. Now Diana has to defeat the Cheetah and all the innocent bystanders who are in her thrall.
Interestingly, for this, writer Marc Andreyko drafts in a now-extinct Volume 2/3 power of Wonder Woman: the ability to talk to and even control animals. When Cheetah tries to set some big zoo cats on Diana, our Amazon princess is able to recruit them and get them to corral the bystanders.
And then, with Cheetah all to herself, she destroys the cause of her Cheetahness.
Cheetah’s taken away but is that the last we’ll see of her?
Is it any good?
It’s a reasonably good ending to a reasonably good story, but nothing Earth-shattering. As with the previous two issues, there’s no real innovation, perhaps because the audience for a nostalgia-fixated title such as this just wants the same old golden oldies regurgitated.
You’d also be hard-pushed to see the story sitting within the Wonder Woman TV series, concerned more as it is with crowbarring Diana’s comic book adventures into the TV show ‘furniture’ but not using anything from the TV show, which most people won’t remember anyway.
But it’s fun enough and if you watch to see a very, very slightly different slant on some old stories, worth a read.
All-Star Section Eight #4
All-Star Section Eight is one of those little comics you had no idea existed, you have no idea why it exists, yet all of a sudden, it will come up and surprise you like a mallet to the face.
The strip’s created by Garth Ennis, best known from Hellblazer and Preacher, and is a weird hybrid (as with most Ennis stories) of humour and horror, featuring a team of imaginatively unpowerful superheroes called Section Eight. Well, kind of. They’re not quite a team and they do have some superpowers, but their basic problem is recruiting.
This issue, they try to lasso Wonder Woman for their team and she’s not impressed.
Trouble is, that mallet is wielded by Baytor, the Demon Lord of Criminal Insanity, and one whack to the face and suddenly Wondy wants to enlist. The trouble is, as she herself points out, no woman in her right mind would join Section Eight so she basically loses all her braincells in the process, regressing down to a childlike state.
The second trouble is that even the new Wondergirl is more powerful than the rest of them combined, and the new recruit starts making life hard for the original Section Eight. She totals the bar…
…and arranges a wedding.
However, Section Eight eventually decides everything was a hugely bad idea, when Diana tries to arrange the happy couple’s honeymoon.
Fortunately, Diana would rather forget about the whole experience than exact her revenge.
Is it any good?
Have you ever seen the TV show Drunk History, in which celebrities are given a volume of alcohol and then asked to explain a specific historical event?
Well, this is like a Drunk History version of both feminism and Wonder Woman. On the Wonder Woman side, we initially get a very strange, filtered version of Diana, more like her Earth #2 equivalent: harsh, insulting and generally a sort of male rights activist’s idea of a feminist. One who wears cycling shorts for some reason.
The rest of the story is then a drunken defence of feminism that comes close to making a point before swinging round to face someone else and go “And another thing…”.
First, there’s the whole ethics of recruiting Wonder Woman against her will, even if it is with a magic mallet.
Then there’s the misogynistic double-thinking behind whether there’s any point to superheroines and whether superheroes are intrinsically better than superheroines, even ones as inept as the Super Eight.
It’s all a bit odd, really, so perhaps best not thinking about it too hard, unless you’ve just had eight Jägerbombs, after which it’ll probably all make sense.
Instead, think of it really as a comedic interlude for Wondy. But I do want to know how you play Amazon Jihad.
Disclaimer: Owing to the small fortune it would take to buy every single DC comic each week, this is not a guaranteed rundown of all the comics that feature Wonder Woman. If you know of any I’ve missed, email me or leave a comment below and I’ll cover them the following week