Sunday, November 10, 2013

2006 Wonder Woman: From Bruce Wayne's private files in the Batcomputer

Pencil art by Doug Braithwaite painted over by Alex Ross from the back pages of Justice #5 (June, 2006.) Text by Jim Krueger writing as Batman:

Her name is Princess Diana. Sometimes she hides her nature and identity, if such a thing were possible, under the name Diana Prince. By combat and contest she was chosen to represent an island nation of Amazon women who claim to be descendants of the Greek gods. She was one of the first members of the Justice League of America, and lives not to fight, but to work for peace. It is a mistake many make to categorize her as a warrior. She is far more than her training and skill suggest.

Evidence of her divine lineage includes a number of gifts, like those in myth, given by the gods. She carries a 'Golden Lasso." It is unbreakable, and those confined by it are compelled to speak the truth. Its nature, by my inspection, is not scientific, but mysterious. I can find no reason for its properties. She wears bulletproof bracelets that she uses to defend herself, and has an invisible jet that allows her to travel the globe undetected, even by radar or heat-sensitive tracking devices.

Some have suggested that she is a perfect woman. And it is easy to see why popular speculation would see her as a possible mate for Superman. But I do not believe such a pairing ever to be possible. She understands too well the role we have chosen. She knows, unlike many in the League itself, that we cannot risk loved ones. They could become targets, our vulnerabilities.

GAH! I hate this series so much! Krueger just listed Diana's powers and accessories for two paragraphs, then turned it over to a shipping discussion. There's no insight into the character here, aside from being defined by her (lack of) prospect as a Superman love interest. ARGH!

The Batcomputer Files


karl said...

Its brutally typical of how DC sees her - as a possible mate for their premier heroes.
I quite like these Fact Files pages, and must confess to having bought entire issues of comics one wouldn't normally buy just to get that one particular Fact page for a particular hero. Not that they tell you anything new or startingly original, mind.
At least that Alex Ross pic is nice, even if Diana does look as if she just hanging around doing nothing.

Diabolu Frank said...

She's clearly clinching her but cheeks while mentally calculating the length of her lasso after determining that her clinched fistsx2 equal one foot. Dynamic!

GWHH said...

GWHH said...

nice article