Weekly Wonder Woman: Dark Knight III #8, Titans (Annual) #1

No WWW next week, since I’m away on holiday, so to tide yourself over, why don’t you peruse a set of 20 high-quality stills from the movie? Most of them aren’t new, but they’re now better quality, at least.

This weekend’s deceptively titled WonderCon also gave us a few delights, including some new clips (which you can see described here, since they aren’t online) and some new merchandise. Plenty of it. Here’s the Wonder Woman panel.

Also, since June 3rd is Wonder Woman day, you’ll be delighted to hear that it’s not all about the cash at DC, as it’s giving away two comics to mark the occasion: a reprint of Wonder Woman #1 and DC Super Hero Girls Wonder Woman Day Special Edition.

After the jump, we’ll be looking at Dark Knight III #8, in which an army of Kryptonians take on the Amazons… and regret it. We’ll also be looking at Titans (Annual) #1, which guest stars the whole Justice League, including Diana, although it’s her revelations that are the most important…

Dark Knight III #8

Dark Knight III #8
The Kryptonian army come to the Amazon city to claim Superman and Wonder Woman’s baby son. The Amazons kill them. Superman and Wonder Woman are reunited.

Wonder Woman and Superman reunited

Is it any good?
It’s basically one long battle scene, with some quite poor artwork, but which nevertheless manages to have some cool moments. The coolest is, of course, the point when the Kryptonians learn there’s a thing called magic and the Amazons – and Diana – are protected by it in galactic quantities.

The force of will

The raw power


Wonder Woman arrives

The sun is a god

Magic can't be explained

The result is a bad one for the Kryptonians, to say the least.

A bad result for the Kryptonians

Extra notes
As well as these Elseworld Amazons living in a city by the Amazon, rather than on an island somewhere, they also “believe the sun is a god”. Could be a reference to Apollo/Helios, but it could also be a hint that these Amazons are more like the Bana-Mighdall, perhaps even worshipping Egyptian rather than Roman gods.

Titans #1

Titans #1
The Titans and the Justice League are teleported to a labyrinth, where they have to face all manner of enemies.

What does Diana do?
Tell Donna Troy where she really comes from.

Extra notes
So, obviously, ever since the nu52 reboot, there’s been a bunch of Teen Titans already. Then the original Teen Titans, including Donna Troy, got their memories back, so have decided to form ‘the Titans’, presumably because of their ages and/or trademarking laws.

At some point between then and now, apparently Donna had her memories re-wiped in some way so she would forget her nu52 clay Amazon origin and think her origin story was the same as the pre-nu52 version. Except now, under pressure, Diana reveals Donna’s true origin and she takes it… like a teen.

You're made of clay, Donna


Diana, of course, misremembers here that Donna was actually created to replace her because she wasn’t a pure enough Amazon for some of her subjects: Donna is supposed to be simply ‘peak Amazon’, not a weapon to destroy Diana.

But hey, Meredith Finch’s run – Diana probably wasn’t even reading that, either.

Still, all of Diana’s behaviour feels contrary to her normal self. She’s untrusting:

Untrusting Diana

And despite Diana having tried to rehabilitate Donna herself not too long ago, Donna now claims they haven’t been close in years. In reply, Diana says “Get over yourself.” 

Get over yourself

Hmm. Still, Diana later claims it was all to see if Donna was still a threat (or maybe she just meant wiping her memories), so maybe we can excuse it.

Mentor and mentee

There’s also some nice art and some good fight scenes at least:


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


  • Rob Buckley

    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.

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