It’s no secret that I’m a Wonder Woman fan. I have several different cosplays of the character, along with jewelry, t-shirts, dresses, artwork and a variety of other things that I’ve bought to show my love for the Amazonian Princess.
But if there’s one thing I don’t like about Wonder Woman, it’s the New 52 arc of the character in DC Comics. Originally, Wonder Woman was a child made of clay by Hippolyta as a gift from the gods. There was no father and Wonder Woman was strictly a thing made by a woman and with a woman’s love. And that is a beautiful idea: creating a strong female character without any kind of male interaction.
But then DC Comics introduced the New 52 and they changed Diana’s origin: she went from becoming a thing made solely by a woman to the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus. That’s right, she got a dad, a dad that became the reason for her powers. I have a big problem with this: they took all of those wonderful powers that Diana has and, basically, said they came from a man.
Needless to say, I didn’t read a lot of Wonder Woman comics during that time.
But there was good news (or so I thought): DC Comics announced Rebirth a few years ago, another event that would alter some of their characters’ stories. I hoped that meant that Wonder Woman would go back to being a child made of clay, but, unfortunately, it did not: she’s still the daughter of Zeus.
And this is also the origin story that the movie went with (much to my chagrin). Don’t get me wrong: I loved the Wonder Woman movie, except for that part.
Granted, I loved the Wonder Woman: Rebirth title at first: the writing by Greg Rucka and art by Liam Sharp held me captive (they also didn’t mention any origin stuff, leaving me to continue to hope that Diana wasn’t Zeus’ daughter). But then the comic got handed over to a new team in 2017, and suddenly, Diana is not just Zeus’ daughter, but also now has a brother: Jason. But he’s not just a brother: he’s a twin brother. So now DC has basically taken the miracle of Diana’s birth and has her sharing it with a man who grew up to have the same powers as she has.
But it got worse: one issue was entirely devoted not to Wonder Woman, but to her twin brother. Yes, a comic called Wonder Woman had an entire issue dedicated to a man (issue #35).
So once, again, Wonder Woman is now no more special than any other man in the DC universe. Which sucks because that’s why Wonder Woman was so awesome: she stood out from the men.
So that is why I stopped reading Wonder Woman: Rebirth. You screwed the pooch on this one, DC. You had a chance to fix things with Rebirth, but you decided that men still needed more power in the one title where they shouldn’t have it.