Weekly Wonder Woman: Justice League #24

Smashing the box office and welcoming a new addition to the Justice League

The Wonder Woman statue in Madrid

Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including European artwork

Ow do? Back from your trip to visit the Wonder Woman statue in Madrid?

Thought so.

Things have been a bit quiet in the world of Wonder Woman this week, in part because of the July 4th weekend. But the movie is going strong, now passing $700m in box office takings worldwide to become the DC Extended Universe’s most successful movie to date at the US box office, as well as one of the 50 highest grossed movies of all time:

Wonder Woman still has a ways to go before catching Batman v Superman in the international box office ($663 million to $873 million), and it’s technically third among all DC movies, behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. But Patty Jenkins’ inspiring superhero film starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine has exceeded even the most optimistic box office projections here in the United States. It’s one of the 50 highest-grossing movies and the highest-grossing movie directed by a woman of all-time, and, unsurprisingly, the highest-grossing World War I movie ever (sorry, War Horse). Wonder Woman is expected to end its international box office run with around $800 million.

Fingers crossed, it’s now on its way to breaking a few more records, then.

Only one comic to look at this week featuring our Diana, though, but it’s a reasonably important one because we have a diversity-boosting, DCEU-marrying addition to the Justice League roster to look forward to – one quite important to Diana. Can you guess who?

Amber Heard as Mera in Justice League

Justice League #24

Justice League #24

Plot

Following events in Aquaman #24 and #25, Mera and Arthur (aka Aquaman) have been separated. Mera is using her aquakinetic powers to try to break into the dome that now surrounds Atlantis, but without regard for the fact she’s basically swamping the Atlantic coasts.

The Justice League tries to stop Mera

The Justice League intervene, but Mera is able to neutralise them all relatively quickly.

The Justice League are stopped by Mera

Coming to her senses, she returns to the Watchtower with the League, who make her an offer of a new home.

A new home for Mera?

Mera joins the Justice League

Is it any good?

It’s Dan Abnett on writing duties and a continuation of an Aquaman plot, so it’s not great shakes in terms of writing and I found myself going ‘What?’ a lot. But Diana does get to do a reasonable amount and even acquires a new ability along the way. The ability to smell magic:

Diana smells magic

Yes, she’s presumably speaking at least partially metaphorically, but the suggestion is that she can at least sense magic. Which is new.

Surprisingly for Abnett, he writes Diana less as a fight-mad warrior woman, more as a friend to Mera and peace counsel, too.

Diana offers help

Let me show you something

It’s a refreshingly different change of pace and approach for both Justice League and Abnett, one that works well for Diana. Sure, we have to endure a ‘Great Hera!’ or two along the way (we’re very much living in a post-Azzarello age now), as well as the pointing out of the bleeding obvious, but you can’t have everything.

Great Hera! The bleeding obvious!

I wonder how much the supernatural gal pals will get to hang out together in future?

Rating: 5/7 (Artwork: 5/7)

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

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