Weekly Wonder Woman: Justice League #31, Trinity #14 and Wonder Woman/Conan #2

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Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including where she’s in panto this year

Oscar season is rolling around, which is why we’re suddenly getting some good films in the cinema again. To remind Oscar voters of a certain summer blockbuster, Warner Bros has set up a Wonder Woman Oscars page. In with a chance? Well, you never know (particularly on some of the technical awards).

Meanwhile, the Justice League is apparently doing panto in Clacton on Sea this year, judging by this new poster. I wonder if Barry from EastEnders will be in it, too?

Justice League poster

No Superman, you notice. NO ONE IS BEING FOOLED WARNER BROS.

However, all the focus is on the release of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.

Unfortunately, it’s not going down well with William Marston’s granddaughter.

Oh well.

Comics news

We’re coming up to a momentous numbering moment: the 700th issue of Wonder Woman. Although we’re not doing a #600 and reverting to the serial numbering system, we are at least getting a celebratory cover from Tony Daniel:

Wonder Woman #700

Merchandise news

Fancy some temporary tattoos? Then you might want to hold off until Justice League comes out on November 18:

Justice League temporary tattoos

Comic reviews

After the jump, let’s talk about this week’s Diana-featuring comics: Justice League #31, Trinity #14 and Wonder Woman/Conan #2.

Justice League #31

Justice League #31

Plot

Everyone thinks happy thoughts and the Darkness goes away. Well, there’s some punching, too.

What does Diana do?

Fight a lot. Mostly with her mum and son. Families, hey?

Hippolyta and Diana fight Hunter and Diana fight

Of course, there’s a reconciliation after all the happy thoughts save the day. And before all the kids go back to the future. Which might not exist any more.

Reconciled

Extra notes

And with that, the story’s over and so is Bryan Hitch’s run. In the end, it turns out that Hunter’s father was neither Superman nor Steve but actually the Darkness, once it possessed Diana. Diana didn’t give up Hunter because he was a boy, but because he was full of the Darkness and so was she, and she hoped that the ever-loving Superman might love it out of his adopted son. He didn’t. Oops.

All in all, a reasonably thoughtful, if inconsequential way for it all to end. Hitch will be missed on Justice League, since as well as innovations such as giving Diana Zeus’ bolt of lightning and generally putting her front and centre of the narrative, he did at least have big ideas and could write both smartly and punchily. He might have got a little bit too complicated for his own good at times with the plotting, but at least it was still easy enough to follow and he avoided over-writing. I hope he gets to have a go at Wonder Woman some time.

Rating: 6/7 (Artwork: 6/7)

Trinity #14

Trinity #14

Plot

Everyone’s possessed by demons and/or Deadman still. There’s a lot of fighting. And stabbing.

What does Diana do?

Fight everyone who’s possessed. Protect Gotham.

Extra notes

Generally, just a lot of tag team wrestling for the Trinity, with most of the interesting action going on with Zatanna, John Constantine and Circe. Speaking of which, we get a new origin story for her, one in which she gives her soul away to a Hell dimension in exchange for eternal life. Oops.

Circe's new origin

BTW, anyone else think Circe is starting to look like Venger from Dungeons & Dragons?

Circe not Venger

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Rating: 3/7 (Artwork: 5/7)

Wonder Woman/Conan #2

Wonder Woman/Conan #2

Plot

Diana and Conan alternate between chatting about their childhoods (together?) and fighting in the arena. They end up on a ship. They escape… into the sea. Oops.

Little Diana and little Conan Wonder Woman v Conan In the sea

What does Diana do?

Fall down a hole (as a kid). Lose a fight (as an adult). Lead a mutiny (as a slave). She also starts to remember her real name and at least one of her goddesses, since those nasty crow witches decide to partially unblock her memory.

Diana falls down a hole Diana is Diana

In Athena's name

Extra notes

Gail Simone’s creating quite a fun crossover here. I can’t imagine there are too many people who are fans of both Conan and Diana, so references from one canon will probably fly over the heads of one group and vice versa: there’s a reference to Red Sonja, for example, and interestingly, Simone uses a version of Greek myth and Brian Azzarello’s Amazon narrative to suggest that the Amazons of this universe get rid of their sons somehow after a bit of extra-tribal loving. She even continues to up the sexual tension between Diana and Conan.

I still don’t know if it’s an Elseworld, but I’m going to keep reading, since there’s a depth and a charm to it you don’t get in many comics these days.

Diana and Conan

Rating: 6/7 (Artwork: 6/7)




  • JustStark

    They seem to be quite happy to have the Superman symbol in their promotional material though.

    • That’s a tricky one. The temporary tattoos are for Justice League Day, which is also (more or less) the same day as Free Comic Book Day (it’s a thing). And obviously Superman is still alive in the Justice League comic and Justice League day is for both the movie and the comics.

      Everyone knows he’s in it though. Henry Cavill’s even gone back for reshoots but they’ve had to digitally remove the moustache he’s got for another movie he’s currently shooting. That’s how much of a not surprise it’ll be when he shows up in Justice League. His lack of moustache will be the most surprising thing about his showing up.

      • JustStark

        Note the second-to-bottom line of the poster.

        • Ooh yes. I think you’ve spotted a clue there. He’s not on the poster, of course. His name’s not at the top with all the others, either.

          So cunning. Only the really sharp eyed will now know he’s in it

          • JustStark

            Make sure to act shocked

  • MasterWitcher088

    Wonder Woman is going to appear in Dark Nights :The Merciless #1 next week.
    Based on sneak previews it involves a possibly dead Diana, a battle damaged Ares, the GodKiller sword, and Batman. wonder what this means?

    I haven’t decided if METAL is garbage or somewhat better then, yet. I’m not surprised you dropped it, Scott Snyder is annoyingly hard to follow.

    • Thanks for the heads-up – I’ll keep my eyes open for it, since it sounds quite important!

      Metal was practically unreadable. It’s a shame since there were some good ideas in there (plus it was nice to see Dream show up) and Grail (or at least Darkseid junior) is supposed to be in it, too. But I honestly couldn’t make head nor tail of what was going on and when.