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<NARRATOR: And the trailer did arrive on Sunday. With some of its friends>
First we got the teaser for the trailer.
Then we got the trailer.
And an international promo.
And a TV spot.
And an exclusive first look.
Still, at least Diana gets to hit things and smile a lot, hey?
Also getting a trailer, albeit one more recognisably of the comic book milieu, was Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.
Meanwhile, Gal Gadot was on Saturday Night Live, and you can see the highlights over here. Or just this highly relevant and important highlight:
And that, oddly enough, was all the news that’s fit to print. Maybe the Lasso of Truth needs recharging.
After the jump, we look at Wonder Woman #32, in which our Diana goes on a quest, albeit a very, very short one, and we solve last week’s mystery about her new hat.
Wonder Woman #32
After a quick trip to the Paris catacombs to help Steve fight some parademons…
She goes to Hercules’ cabin where she finds a clue to her twin brother Jason’s location.
And after a quick plane flight to Greece and a scout around a local coffee shop, she finds him!
Gosh. That was easy, wasn’t it?
An issue of three acts, for a change – in the first, we get to see the new new set-up with Diana, Steve and co, and do some punching; in the second, we learn all about Hercules from Diana; and in the third, we head off to the Med and an unconvincing version of Greece.
Post Greg Rucka, under Shea Fontana, we had the new set-up for Diana, she working with Steve and Etta for a typo-ridden US government agency. Now we seem to have reset back to the nu52 set-up, with Steve working for ARGUS again, and Diana working with him.
Writer James Robinson does appear to be both aware of and attracted to continuity, however, so it’s obviously a deliberate move. For starters, Robinson’s decided he’s going to clarify exactly which rank and service Steve has and whether something weird happened during Rebirth. Turns out Steve just decided to swap from the air force to the navy because it’s simpler. As you do.
For those of you paying attention, you’ll notice that Steve’s band of merry men down in the catacombs were the exact same ones introduced in that one-off to coincide with the movie. Clearly, someone at DC wants to build up a new roster of regulars for both Steve and Wonder Woman. All of them blokes.
Robinson also sticks to Greg Rucka’s idea that Diana’s grasp of English isn’t 100% yet, since she still has some problems with idioms.
Heading off to Hercules’ place, it seems like either Robinson or artist Sergio Davila has been looking at Cliff Chiang’s nu52 run, because those are some glam yet practical threads and an imaginative use of the tiara by Diana that echo Chiang’s work:
Then we get into the thorny issue of Hercules and his mythological/Volume 2-3 behaviour that we discussed in last week’s comments. Surprisingly, Robinson does actually go there, while simultaneously avoiding the issue.
Judging by the dialogue, Rebirth Hercules (may he rest in peace) got up to some dodgy stuff in his early days, but whatever it was didn’t affect the Amazons – or at least not Hippolyta – directly. Otherwise, Diana might have been a little harsher about him (the word ‘rapist’ might have got an airing) and Hercules might have, you know, apologised or asked Diana to say “Soz” to Hippolya. In fact, Diana has worse things to say about their mutual father.
Which is an ‘interesting’ move. Robinson didn’t have to bring back Hercules. He also didn’t have to bring up Hercules’ mythical past. But he does, while downplaying Hercules’s worst excesses. Since we do get that earlier dialogue about Steve just being the ‘eye candy’ in constant need of rescuing, we can give Robinson some benefit of the doubt, I think, and he’s certainly not following Azzarello’s “no, the problem is you women!” routine. But making Hercules a figure of sympathy whose crimes can be downplayed in the week of Harvey Weinstein no less feels like a misstep. Either say none of that happened in the DC Universe or say it all happened – don’t pick and choose.
All that to one side, the pathos of “I hope I died well” is a lovely touch by Robinson. Also interesting is the suggestion that fellow Argonaut Glaucus is running around the world somewhere. Why he got to raise baby Jason (and when for that matter, because that was quite probably some time BC if the Justice League‘s Darkseid War is to be believed) is a mystery that could do with some explaining. We might also wonder if Hercules handily knowing the exact location of Diana’s brother is just a little too convenient, given he could have told her at any point, rather than when he was dead. Let’s see if that’s explained next issue.
Then we head off to somewhere in the Aegean.
It’s supposed to be Greece, I think, since Diana mentions hearing Hercule Poirot speaking fluent Greek at the airport – gosh, that’s not suspicious and suggestive that there’s more to him than appears (spoiler: with all the conversation about Zeus and Hercule saying that he’d spent a lot of time locally when he was younger, do we maybe think that the king of the gods is finally taking an interest in his daughter?). Arguably, the menu at the local café is authentically Greek, too, being that it’s in English with either coffee or café misspelt (just in case you’re wondering, the Turkish for coffee is Kahve, so we’re not in Turkey either).
Yet it looks a lot more like Italy, although Italy ain’t exactly on the Aegean coast. To be fair again, the movie filmed its Thermyscira scenes in Italy and this is also supposed to be close to where Themyscira was, so maybe we just have to accept that in the DC Comics world, this part of Greece actually looks like Italy. Ah DC Comics Greece – maybe one day, you’ll actually look like real Greece. Just not today.
All in all, though, Robinson’s run is starting to look like a bit of cracker, blending the best bits of myth, old continuity and new Rebirth continuity. It’s perhaps a little over-written, with non-linear storytelling throwing us in medias res just to get our juices flowing at the start, which in a three-act 20-odd page comic is a little unnecessary. But maybe it just seems that way since we’ve had more plot in two issues than Brian Azzarello sometimes put in six.
Now let’s see where he takes us with Jason.
Rating: 6/7 (Artwork: 5/7)