Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #39

Wonder Woman v Silver Swan

Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including what’s definitely not going to happen on her next movie

No Oscar nominations for Wonder Woman, but Baby Boss got a nod, so WWW spent last week in mourning. But it’s back now and feeling stronger.

Movie news

Gal Gadot’s response to that snub?

“I was very moved and touched by the people who were disappointed that Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated, but we certainly never did the movie for that,” Gadot told ET on Wednesday. “I think that you can’t have it all. We’ve done this movie and it was received in such an amazing, wonderful way, and we want to stay humble and grateful, and we’re going to have another movie, so who knows? Maybe the next one!”

Still, let’s look ahead to Wonder Woman 2, which is the first movie to officially adopt new PGA anti-sexual harassment guidelines. According to Patty Jenkins:

“It’s got great fun from the start, and great big ‘superhero’ presence from the start — and is funny, and a great love story again,” she said in an interview with Variety. ““And [there are] a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about — who are very different than were in the last movie.”

Comics news

Trinity‘s been cancelled. The last issue will finish off the current Skartaris storyline and will be out in April. I’m not hugely surprised, since it never really managed to serve any of the characters that well. Still, it’s a shame to have one fewer title with Diana in it every month.

Meanwhile, Liam Sharp, who’s currently working on a Batman/Wonder Woman storyline:

Work in progress…

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…is beginning to regret ever mentioning that Batman and Wonder Woman might flirt even slightly.

There’s a lot of people hating on me for writing and drawing a series that teams Batman with Wonder Woman. Some of the hate is from people who ship Wonder Woman and Superman. Some is from people who wrongly think I’m splitting up Diana and Steve – I’m not. I wouldn’t. Some is from people who think Diana shouldn’t be with any man at all, because it’s a male objectification trope. I was called out for mentioning that there would be a nod to the Batman Wonder Woman shippers, which drove some people nuts. I was told I support cheating on your partner for suggesting it’s possible to have many relationships before you meet the one you truly love and marry. That things happen, and people drift apart, and people make mistakes. That there is room to explore many such relationships in melodramas. Apparently this is not true for some.

These things are the kind of moment that drive you away from interacting online. It’s increasingly hard to be there for fans in a positive way because of this. And it’s too easy to say ignore the trolls. By doing that we have all allowed this kind of behavior to flourish.

Twitter, hey?

Comics reviews

Despite the fact that it’s been two weeks since the previous WWW, there’s only been one new title to feature Diana: Wonder Woman #39. I’ll be covering that after the jump.

Actually, that’s not quite true: Dark Knights: Metal #5 does, too, and apparently she finds a new use for the Lasso of Truth in that. However, I couldn’t even get through the terribly written four pages of the Comixology preview, so more than that I can’t say. Anyone want to let me know what I’ve missed out on?

Wonder Woman #39

Wonder Woman #39

Plot

Wonder Woman and the Silver Swan fight. Diana goes easy at first so gets a slight pasting, before finally letting loose. Meanwhile, Jason spots her on the tele and decides to intervene, and ends up getting his throat cut.

Sorry Jason

Elsewhere, Grail and Darkseid are sarcastic and bicker a bit, before sending the Furies off to get the artefacts that Steve and his troop of Wonder Woman knock-offs are guarding at the Topkapi palace in Istanbul.

Bickering

The Furies

Is it any good?

Well, we’ve been here before. It’s not the first time Diana when faced with an adversary decides to try to talk them out of a fight and gets twatted for her efforts. You’d think she’d have a system for simply going in at superspeed and incapacitating people, perhaps with her lasso, by now. But no.

Still, one change is that at least she actually fights reasonably well when she decides to enter the fray properly, even if it seems relatively easily to cut her these days.

Then there’s her being on TV again – I’m not sure if this is an as-yet undeveloped theme (it’s more dangerous being around the real Diana than simply watching her from afar?) or simply repetition on writer James Robinson’s part, but it’s predictably happening every issue now.

But this is really an issue for advancing plot lines and for people to monologue at each other, rather than do anything new, so perhaps expecting something new is a mistake.

Rating: 4/7 (Artwork: 6/7)

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