"The Earth falls in love with the sky. The first act in all of creation is one of complete,enthralling passion.The Earth and Sky make love. "
Wonder Woman #139 Vol 2
One day I walked into a library and my eyes fell on a book called Kingdom Come. I picked it up and to my surprise it was a comic book...or rather as I later learned, a graphic novel. But I saw beautifully painted panels and heroes that I recognized from my childhood who seemed ...well, grown up. I borrowed that book and I was moved and fascinated by, not only the story of men and women who are great heroes, but by they way they showed their humanity. They suddenly were not two dimensional people who just fought bad guys. They were deeply complex. I love books and reading on the whole and I guess getting into the comic genre as an adult woman was a case of serendipity. It led me to finding DC comics and the heroes I grew up with on TV and saw in movies and newsprint. It led me to finding Clark Kent or as he is known by his other name, Kal-El, and Princess Diana. I fell in love with them and am obsessed with all things Amazonian and Kryptonian now. I love their relationship. I love what they stand for. I love the contrasts of the princess/farmer's son; reporter/ambassador; pragmatic warrior/idealistic protector and empathetic teacher/enforcer of justice. A girl born of the earth and a boy who fell from the sky. The first daughter of Themyscira and last son of Krypton. And it surprised me to find that there were many fans like me, who adore them too. This blog will offer up some personal insights in Superman and Wonder Woman, the pairing and how it came about, will highlight favorite issues and my personal favorite art and fanfic stories, link up to my sister and brother sites that also love the pairing, and any interesting tidbits that fascinate me.
Disclaimer : Superman and Wonder Woman are the property of DC comics.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
This whole Earth 2 meets Earth prime felt a little pointless in terms of the wrap up. Entertaining as heck but the typical...meet a version of your self from AU and then have your memories wiped. What was the point? To compare the old verse to the new? To say what exactly? The old is better than the new because they what? Have it all? I get heroes might be more inclined to be optimistic if their city is a utopia and they got great marriages and they all get along and everyone loves them etc. But couldn't they be a little less condescending and preachy? You'd think they would be seeing they have so much bounty.
This issue has the league splitting into factions. The Justice League Dark gets pulled into this now. I'm not going into much details. All we need to know is that nothing and no one is going to stop Diana from helping Superman and she gets some help.
The JLA fights the JL over the death of Dr Light.
Superman stops them.
The JLA take Superman into custody. Diana believes Pandora's Box is the cause of Clark's lost of control and she decides she is not going to sit by while he is incarcerated. She is going to help him.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The Trinity War begins.
In this issue we have a face-off between the Justice League and Justice League of America. Tension are high since Superman and Wonder Woman went into Khandaq.
We have another conversation with Clark and Diana that is left hanging about the way they deal with criminals. We all know Clark and Bruce don't believe in killing. Diana on the other hand, if she has no other option because she is a warrior, will use lethal force. I am hoping one day these two have the conversation that deals with this. To show that she admires Clark for his stance/mercy and Clark believes in her enough to know that she would only use lethal force if there was no other way. Not because she's ruthlessly efficient because love and empathy has been the core of Wonder Woman. Not vengeance.
Pandora seeks out Superman to open Pandora's box. Because she believes him to be pure of heart.
The Justice League are alerted to Khandaq when they learn Shazam has turned up there. The JLA also go and things don't go well.
So prime earth younger Batman and Superman meet earth 2, older, preachier Batman and Superman. Basically it's the generational gap dynamic here. The older heroes think they the bees knees and the younger ones are not in a mood to listen. Though age brings wisdom, it can at times brings arrogance and turn off youngsters. Can't say the older guys are handling the younger ones in a good way. Martha Kent is the only one with some sense.
We do see a rather hen pecked older Superman. He's got everything though in this life and Lois wears the pants. She's also a little presumptuous to suggest younger Clark from another universe is missing out on being with her while making older Clark apologize for nothing.
Diana is just Diana. Regal and fierce and young Clark is dazzled. So, he has a natural attraction to Wonder Woman. Makes sense seeing he couldn't keep his eyes off earth prime Diana when he first saw her in Justice League and well, we know what he does not know. He's dating a version of her.
Nothing much with Clark and Diana other than one panel. And in fact the Superman books have not brought her in for several months after #20 so it's unlikely I'll review those books. Now that the Superman/Wonder Woman series is out, books like this won't probably feature her. And Superman is currently going up against more psionic foes and Lois got convenient psionic powers to save his hide. Well, I suppose they have to find a way to put her in stories so why not give the most amazing human woman reporter super powers now.
There is a fight with Despero in the Watchtower and as we learnt from the last issue a sample of kryptonite ( given to him by Clark) was stolen from Batman's cave.
In this issue Batman lets Superman in on his contingency plans. Okay, so this time Bruce isn't as much a jerk as he was last canon. But he still is on shaky ground imo because he is not sharing it with the team. And then he hits Clark with the plan for Diana. She has no weakness like Clark has kryptonite. Batman deduces her weakness would be...Clark. He is concerned that if Clark is emotionally involved with Diana...he could not do what needed to be done if she went rogue. Personally I think both Clark and Diana can do what needs to be done if either went rogue. Diana proved she could in Sacrifice in last canon. I think Diana would expect no less of Clark either if she did.
This issue more or less asks the question, whether Superman and Wonder Woman together as a couple could be something to fear.
I ask how is it that the most optimistic, compassionate heroes can be viewed with such suspicion while the one who manipulates behind team members' back isn't seen as more dangerous?
Clark and Diana are adults. They don't need Batman lecturing them on being together. Does he forget his game playing with Catwoman?
Batman really cares so he spies and we know he makes contingency plans. Oh boy. This is why stories like Injustice stinks because this story asks really pertinent questions and Diana isn't playing with Gods here as in her book but having to consider serious real world questions where there is no black and white answer. But we of course will get diverted from that. Books like Wonder Woman Spirit of Truth and Superman Peace on Earth are far superior stories to Injustice which more or less treats Superman and Wonder Woman like unprincipled bullies when they can't get their way. They address the really tough situations facing these heroes and the genuine ways they would tackle them without losing who they are.
But I digress here are the pages. Ivan Reis' art is gorgeous.
This issue makes the wackiness of Superman #19 make a little more sense. The mind manipulation continues. Once again playing with Superman's memories and feelings. Last we saw Lois wearing Diana's uniform, we now see Clark dreaming about a perfect life with Lana and his parents alive.
But Clark gets his little perfect dream interrupted because this issue is really touted as a throw down between him and Orion. No, it's not over Diana. It's Highfather's fault. There is heavy hitting shown until Diana turns up to break up Blue and Red's fight.
Orion decides to help Superman with mother box putting mental blocks in his mind but of course we have some awkwardness between the three. It's clear Orion fancies Diana's wonderpants and she's still keeping stuff about her family from Clark. The "kiss" which was actually Diana's wringing Orion's testicles and punching his lights out was not really explained and Clark let it slide because he says she owes him no explanation.
Later we see that Clark's mind has manifested something interesting.