Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #36, Justice League #35, Wonder Woman/Conan #4, Trinity #16, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #17

Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including what she does for breakfast

It’s the last Weekly Wonder Woman of the year, thanks to the upcoming Christmas holidays, but she’ll be back in the New Year ready to bring peace to the world with the minimum of violence necessary, you’ll be glad to hear.

The past two weeks have seen a minor deluge of comics, which we can look at together after the jump, as well as a flurry of news, which we can look at now.

Movie news

Justice League is officially clocking in as the worst performing DC Extended Universe movie ever, not even breaking even yet when marketing et al are taken into account, so the autopsies continue. Unfair attention is being levelled at the weird removal of Henry Cavill’s moustache, but certainly, it’s prompted a shake up at Warner, with producer Jon Berg leaving the film production division and a complete restructuring of the division planned for the New Year.

Wonder Woman, meanwhile, continues to rack up the plaudits. Gal Gadot is top of IMDb’s stars list for 2017, while the movie itself is one of the AFI’s top movies of 2017 – is an Oscar on the cards? Both Gadot and director Patty Jenkins continue to be feted, too, with Deadline interviewing both again recently about how they’d tried to portray Diana. Gadot also recently presented a Wonder Woman screenwriting scholarship at the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast:

Meanwhile, TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter is busily trying to help single-player gamers, who apparently are in need of… something.

Merchandise news

Another entry for ‘spooky corner’, here’s Prime 1 Studio’s Justice League Wonder Woman statue, which clocks in at 85.5cm tall. Eek. Double eek for the price tag: $1,249.

Wonder Woman statue

Comics news

Nothing new, per se, but here’s former Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang talking about, among other things, going to watch Wonder Woman with Brian Azzarello.

Comic reviews

Two weeks have passed since the previous WWW (sorry, everyone) so there’s quite a few titles to look at. We’ve the latest issue of Wonder Woman itself, as well as the continuing travails – and habits – of Diana with the Justice League in Justice League #35Trinity #16 sees our Diana musing on immortality, while the Amazon princess helps to save all the men of Gotham from being killed in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #17. Lastly, Conan the Barbarian talks a surprisingly large amount about Diana, who is revealed as a bit of a lightweight in Wonder Woman/Conan #4. All that after the jump.

Wonder Woman #36

Wonder Woman #36

What does Diana do?

Get held captive and try to turn her brother good again.

Captive Diana

Break her bonds, beat up Jason and Grail, then get zonked by Darkseid.

Diana defeats Grail and Jason

Diana defeats Grail and Jason

Get drained of energy by Darkseid.

Drained

Then get rescued by… her lawyer. Who turns out to be exactly who I said he was. Not Hercule Poirot.

Hercule? No, Zeus!

Extra notes

So, obviously we have the first serious appearance by Zeus since Volume 3. He’s got his lightning bolt back off Diana since Bryan Hitch’s Justice League run, you’ll notice, and he doesn’t look very much like his nu52 appearance at all. Still, that’s gods for you.

More importantly, it turns out that Zeus has sworn an oath of some sort to leave mortals and gods alike alone, to give them the chance to work things out for themselves. That’s new.

Lastly, while it’s nice to see Diana showing off her strength and at least some fighting skills, is that her limit? Being strong and the occasional tomoe nage? No flying, a good disarm and then reapplication of the opponent’s weapon? No judicious strikes to vital points and joints? No use of the environment against the opponent? Even Superman fights smarter than that.

Come on, DC authors. You can do better!

Justice League #35

Justice League #35

What does Diana do?

Go to the police station to get her sword back.

Giving evidence

Doubt her mission.

Mission issues

Go viral.

Diana goes viral

Extra notes

Although we know that Diana’s not that great at lying and secret identities, she has at least learned that when she turns up somewhere as Wonder Woman, it’s probably also not a good idea to say she’s ‘Diana Prince’, which is a good thing.

We get to learn a couple of new things this issue. First, Diana’s ‘costume’ isn’t a costume. It might be armour, made for her by Hephaestus still, as per the nu52. But more importantly it’s actually a religious garment:

Diana wears a habit

Secondly, Diana has a mission still. Greg Rucka suggested in his increasingly ignored ‘Truth and Lies’ storyline that Diana had purely come to Man’s World to help Steve Trevor and to deal with Ares; now we’re reverting to the Volume 2 ‘Mission’, with Diana here to educate the world about the virtues of peace.

I reckon ‘Truth and Lies’ will be more or less history within the next six months. You?

Lastly, although I mocked the previous issue of Justice League for focusing on Bruce Wayne’s man-tears, this issue at least we get to focus on Diana’s pain at having her sword used to kill a nun. In fact, it’s almost like she’s got PTSD at times.

PTSD

All in all, Justice League is shaping up as an interesting examination of superheroes in an age of body cams and finger-pointing. Let’s see where it goes next.

Trinity #16

Trinity #16

What does Diana do?

Go to Bruce’s New Year’s Eve party with Steve Trevor.

Bruce Wayne's party

Interrogate some goons.

Interrogations by lasso

Muse on the nature of her immortality.

Immortal Diana

People!

Extra notes

Obviously, Diana’s been having a chat to Dream of the Endless about the best way to pass eternity, since her thoughts echo his from his chats with Hob Gadling.

Hob Gadling

The point, of course, to note is that Diana’s monologue not only confirms that she is immortal, as per the nu52/Daughter of Zeus origin and Batwoman, but that she’s clearly lived long enough now that she’s already had to think about how best not to go batty from her immortality. How that fits into the current Wonder Woman timeline is somewhat more mysterious, though.
Batgirl #17

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #17

What does Diana do?

Help the good women of Gotham stop the bad women of Gotham from killing all the men.

Extra notes

Someone appears to have forgotten somewhere along the way that Diana is more than just strong and the possessor of a couple of magical items.

Warriors

“These daughters have the determination of Amazonian warriors.” Do you mean Amazons or do you mean they are amazonian, Diana? But determined or not, you can move as fast as Superman so who cares if they’re determined?

Lift

“Give me a lift?”

Sure. Why not? It’s not like Diana can fly, is it? Or that trying to propel someone up to a helicopter like that would more likely rip their leg from their body than actually give them a boost?

But we do get one revelation of note:

Protected

“Themyscira was protected by the gods from men.” So first, we know for sure that Themyscira was actually protected by the gods. Secondly, we know that it’s specifically from men that they were being protected. Which is curious, no?

Wonder Woman/Conan #4

Wonder Woman/Conan #4

What does Diana do?

Get drunk.

Drunk Diana

See her true self and her mum, except it’s all an illusion.

Mirror, mirror

Get strong again.

Strong Diana

Deflect some arrows.

Arrows and bracelets

And have no recollection of ever having met Conan as a child. Or even of dying.

Diana dies

Extra notes

All good fun as usual from Gail Simone and artist Aaron Lopresti. It’s still no clearer where everything’s going, but at least our Diana is becoming Diana again, even if she is a lightweight. Probably the most enjoyable read of the month again.

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