Weekly Wonder Woman: Justice League #30

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

The excitement about Wonder Woman still isn’t dying down, you know. It’s now only $1m behind Spider-Man at the box office – if it beats that, it’ll officially be the highest grossing superhero origins movie ever. Wowzers.

Last week, James Cameron decided to double-down on his anti-Wonder Woman comments. Now Lynda Carter has waded in on Facebook:

To James Cameron -STOP dissing WW: You poor soul. Perhaps you do not understand the character. I most certainly do. Like all women–we are more than the sum of our parts. Your thuggish jabs at a brilliant director, Patty Jenkins, are ill advised. This movie was spot on. Gal Gadot was great. I know, Mr. Cameron–because I have embodied this character for more than 40 years. So–STOP IT.

You might want to back off now, Jimmy.

Meanwhile, the movie is having its own influence on TV. Gal Gadot is going to be hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend.

And Chicago Fire‘s writers have admitted to doing a female-centric episode of the show after having seen the movie.

What was the impetus for that for Dawson specifically?

Whenever you can throw a firefighter off duty without their equipment, without their radios into one of these situations and see how they would react in that pressure cooker, she’s a natural for it. It was her turn. After I saw Wonder Woman, I was like, “Dawson’s our Wonder Woman! She needs to have an episode!” That was the driving force there.

All the same, attention is now shifting towards Justice League, which is due out next month. A new trailer is due on Sunday and to promote that, there’s a range of new character posters out, including one of our Diana:

New Wonder Woman Justice League poster

Empire magazine has a Justice League front cover drawn by none other than Jason Fabok:

Empire Justice League cover

The observant will notice that along with a lot of other Justice League promotion material, Wonder Woman is at the front – yep, DC knows what side its bread is buttered on now.

There’s also a behind the scenes promo video:

As well as a book of concept art coming out from Titan:

Justice League concept art book

Merchandise news

Nothing much else Diana-y that I spotted, but there is a Funko set with an Aquaman theme coming out that has a teaser that features Funko Diana.

But that’s about it. After the jump, we’ll have a look at the one title to feature Diana this week: Justice League #30. In it we discover that Diana isn’t the worst mum in the world after all. So that’s nice.

But before you go, what’s going on here in the background of DC’s Twitter account page. Did Diana not understand the rules of the Pretty Woman re-enactment society? Or can we hazard a guess at what Diana inherits from Hercules in the next issue of Wonder Woman?

Diana wears a lion

Justice League #30

Justice League #30

Plot

Diana’s been caught in the darkness. Aquaman explains why he’s wearing Cyborg. Sovereign turns out to be… Hippolyta!

Sovereign is Hippolyta

What does Diana do?

Spend most of the issue hanging from the Darkness, trying hard not to go doolally tap and kill everyone.

Kill them all

Not entirely successfully…

Kill everyone!

Extra notes

As it’s Bryan Hitch, as expected, lots of timey-wimey things going on. Justice League Jr’s turning up from the future caused the future to change, resulting in bad things happening sooner than they were supposed to, since Sovereign came back to find Diana as Diana’s dead in her time. Oops.

But other than Sovereign/Hippolyta turning up on/with Mount Olympus…

Sovereign arrives

…perhaps the most notable aspect of the issue is that Steve Trevor’s in it. He’s all freshly shaven and ARGUSy. He’s also not Hunter’s dad.

Steve's not Hunter's dad

So Hunter’s dad isn’t Superman or Steve Trevor. Doesn’t leave many other options for who it might be. Unless it’s another Superman…

Rating: 5/7 (Artwork: 5/7)




  • MasterWitcher088

    Now is this Blonde hair/Fake Hippolyta or Black hair/Real Hippolyta?

    I’m glad Diana’s universe is being used, but this isn’t how I imagined it. Hippolyta just having Mt. Olympus? The Gods just disappearing or dying? It all feels, not wrong but, weird.

    • Hard to tell from the pics, isn’t it, with the black eyes? I suspect real Hippolyta, though.

      However , everything is just so off, it does make me wonder if it’s deliberately off – that it’s clues that this is some weird alternative universe like Flashpoint that they’ve come from, not the one we know.

      Who knows? Perhaps even Dr Manhattan has another universe he’s been building and they came from that.

      • MasterWitcher088

        “However , everything is just so off, it does make me wonder if it’s deliberately off – that it’s clues that this is some weird alternative universe like Flashpoint that they’ve come from, not the one we know.”

        I really hope that’s the case. I like Diana with a son but, I’d want it to be with Steve and she you know actually loves/cares for him, maybe add him to the supersons book.

        What do think is going to happen with Hercules and his History with the Amazons? If they’re staying with this daughter of Zeus route does Herc complete his 9th labor? Did he subjugate the amazons? Did Hippolyta fall for the same trick with Zeus as she did with Herc? I don’t think there is a way to get out of this without Hippolyta looking like a … well a nasty word.

        • “What do think is going to happen with Hercules and his History with the Amazons? If they’re staying with this daughter of Zeus route does Herc complete his 9th labor? Did he subjugate the amazons?”

          We’ll probably find out tomorrow, if we’re going to find out at all. The fact they’ve gone Volume 1 with him suggests that Hercules is more heroic in Rebirth than in Volume 2 or the nu52. But we may never know. I suspect it’s both easier to gloss over and irrelevant to the story, but Diana may mention it in passing. “Don’t know why he’s giving me his stuff. He was such a dick to my mom. Maybe he felt sorry?”

          “Did Hippolyta fall for the same trick with Zeus as she did with Herc?”

          Again, I doubt we’ll know, in which case the nu52 version will stand, I guess, even though it depicted faux Hippolyta. And I don’t think she was tricked really, was she? She knew it was Zeus. The whole thing was obviously modelled on the Red Sonja fight between Schwarzenegger and Nielsen, too, so it’s supposed to be the love of equals. Zeus doesn’t do anything nasty afterwards.

          ” I don’t think there is a way to get out of this without Hippolyta looking like a … well a nasty word.”

          Depends on the nasty word. Adulteress? Yes, although it depends on the Amazons’ rules on marriage, and it’s more up to Zeus to police his own actions than her. S***? I don’t think three sexual partners in a bit over 3,000 years really qualifies her but I don’t think s*** shaming is a plan, anyway. Idiot? Well, maybe you’re onto something…

          • MasterWitcher088

            (We’ll probably find out tomorrow, if we’re going to find out at all. The fact they’ve gone Volume 1 with him suggests that Hercules is more heroic in Rebirth than in Volume 2 or the nu52. But we may never know. I suspect it’s both easier to gloss over and irrelevant to the story, but Diana may mention it in passing. “Don’t know why he’s giving me his stuff. He was such a dick to my mom. Maybe he felt sorry?”)

            Would be easier to just ignore the subjugation and just have the Amazons leave out of no one listening to them, it’s a bit upsetting, Gods and Mortals was a great storyline. Or have Hippolyta just give Herc the griddle and then be romantically be with Zeus.

            Trick was poor word choice, I was just weirded out at the fact that first the Son rapes her then the Father gets romantically involved.

          • “Would be easier to just ignore the subjugation and just have the Amazons leave out of no one listening to them,”

            Yes. It’s interesting that following a reasonable simple origin story from Marston, over the years it acquired more and more detail, until George Perez wrote his amazingly detailed (arguably over-written…) origin and that now, there’s a certain simplification of the Wonder Woman origin story going on over time to remove that complexity. The Contest is no longer compulsory, you don’t have all the souls of dead, abused women being put into the bodies of the Amazons and so on. Omitting Hercules/Herakles/Heracles would fit in with that.

            ” I was just weirded out at the fact that first the Son rapes her then the Father gets romantically involved.”

            The optics aren’t great. But gods tend to get special dispensation as to who can do what, when and with whom, as they’re immortal and eternally youthful. And gods. Comics are comics n’all but Amazons being True Believers, the attention of Zeus to them would be as amazing as if God or Jesus turned up at a Christian’s doorstep to offer personal guidance. Not exactly, but similar sort of thing

  • JustStark

    So Hunter’s dad isn’t Superman or Steve Trevor.

    Wonder Woman’s gone all Jeremy Kyle!