Wonder Woman - #3
Synopsis: Hercules (who appeared at the end of last issue) takes out Giganta and Cheetah while Diana and Robin help Donna Troy and Cassie. Dr. Psycho interferes but Hercules defeats him as well and prepares to kill him when Diana stops him from doing so. :o While Hercules and Diana are bickering, something snatches away the villains and Donna and Cassie. Hercules declares that he is the gods' new champion since Diana gave up the role, puts on the tiara (XDDDD) and leaves.
There is a brief recap of Hercules' origins, which has Wonder Woman helping him carry thymiscara (that was his punishment for taking the Girdle of Gaia from Hippolyta) on his back. That act by Wonder Woman made the gods forgive Hercules and for a while he became the superhero known as Champion, before going back to Olympus.
Diana and Nemesis follow Hercules, hoping to find Cassie and Donna. There they find Hercules transformed into a minotaur and shortly after Nemesis is turned into a panther. Circe then reveals herself as the mastermind behind the villains' attack on Diana. She captures Diana and has Donna and Cassie tied up as well. She says that every day thousands of women are beaten, raped and murdered, and Diana, as Wonder Woman, could have done something about it, but instead she wasted her powers fighting crazy super villains and giant robots.
Circe declares Diana unsuitable to continue being Wonder Woman and takes her powers becoming Wonder Woman herself, leaving Cassie, Donna and Diana powerless.
Review: >.> It's rly hard to review a comic when it's been so delayed. In over half a year, only 3 books have come out in the new Wonder Woman series. In that time she's shown up in 4 issues of Justice League of America (and that only came out a few months ago). The problem with this is, while Wonder Woman is still going with the "who will be Wonder Woman" story arc, Justice League of America has Diana as Wonder Woman. So there's rly no surprise :( We all know that no matter what happens, Cassie and Donna will be okay (since they're alive in other books such as Teen Titans) and Wonder Woman will get her powers back and be fine.
That kinda makes the book less enjoyable ;-;
In general, I'm not a big fan of the arc. I dun like the idea that Diana has a human identity as Diana Prince now basically b/c after Infinite Crisis she felt kinda bored and wanted to try being human. It's so irresponsible. :\ Being Wonder Woman is important, and she can't just put it aside and say "yah I'll get a regular job now". Disasters and people who need saving dun wait on your whims! >:O
But beyond that, I just think that the plot has been pretty laughable. :\ Like, Donna Troy gets captured in Issue #1. She gets recaptured in Issue #2. And in Issue #3, she gets CAPTURED AGAIN!
In fact she spends all of Issue #2 hanging from Giganta's neck as a pendant! :O I think that makes her look rly bad. Esp since she became Wonder Woman in Diana's absense. Like.. basically it says.. she sucks.. and she can't fight the same bad guys that Diana can. :(
And having Hercules around just confuses me xD And what was the point? He shows up and then gets turned into an animal. :
It's like they're not rly sure what to do with the plot. :| Maybe that's why it's been delayed so long o_o;;
However... I RLY DO LIKE CIRCE! :D At least... her speech made a lot of sense. And I know that in the next issue (when it comes out 10 years later) they'll have her go too far, or show that Wonder Woman helps more in the "big picture" or have Diana just knock her out or something else they always do to undermine a villain when they make a good point, but at least for now, Circe is right!
Wonder Woman could use her powers to help abused women. Or other people in general! She was sent to man's world to improve it and to fight the evil in it and to set a good example. It's kinda like when Batman fights giant robots. He fights street crime and serial killers, not giant robots! That's kinda Superman's domain. XD
But it does strike home a lot. B/c like.. in the news, you only hear about the big things, like terrorism, or natural disasters, or like serial killers. But there's a lot of other stuff that goes on that barely gets reported. Gay ppl, trans ppl, women, being abused and beaten and killed. And that doesn't get a lot of press, and ppl read it and go "how horrible" and then move on. :( But everybody cares about terrorism!
So I see Circe's point! Wonder Woman has the power to do something, to make a statement (not necessarily a violent statement per se), and to help in that regard. And she doesn't. She's especially qualified too, since she comes from a female society and brings that POV. :o
I hope they resolve it in a good way, and maybe have Diana realize that Circe has some points. We know she's gonna retake the mantle of Wonder Woman, so maybe Circe convinces her to? :O It might also give Wonder Woman something to do in her comics. Like Batman always fights the street crime, and Superman fights the big robots and natural disasters. Wonder Woman could defend the people who can't defend themselves, people who are in the minority or who are treated as such. :) (Not necessarily only women)
It would be nice o_o and distinguish her comics from Superman's. :)
So that's my hope xD In general, the issue is okay, and I'm trying not to let the fact that it was so delayed affect my judgement XD I think maybe ppl should check it out, b/c there's a lot of potential in it, but besides Circe's speech, it wasn't that awesome a story. :
And as a side note, Hercules taking Wonder Woman's tiara and wearing it was hilarious xDDD
I give that scene much <3
Angelwings Rating: 2.5/5
Recommendation: Check it out if you have some spare cash