I shouldn't be surprised that this was awful. There are so many reasons for it: - bad writing. The pacing is all over the place, and the story arc stilI shouldn't be surprised that this was awful. There are so many reasons for it: - bad writing. The pacing is all over the place, and the story arc still hasn't even ended, after 4 volumes. Most every other New 52 title I've read has had a story contained within their 6ish issue frame, so that each volume tells a nice, short story. This has been going on forever, with no end in sight. - Can we stop having men harass Diana? Four times, Orion has said something awful, which makes her at one point threaten to crush his balls, but even then, he doesn't take her seriously at all. She's just something pretty to look at. - On that note, can we stop having men finish off her work? Not once in this volume has Diana actually complete a fight without someone intervening and saving the day for every one.
I'm not going to even touch upon the butchered Greek gods (calling Hades 'Hell'?, having Hera, the goddess of women and motherhood, hate other women and their children for the last 3 and a half volumes... etc etc etc).
Four volumes, and all Azzarello has given us is a strong woman who just isn't strong enough to win without the help of men. Men who are entitled to make comments about her body, and to harass her over and over again, even after she tells them to stop. Wonder Woman should be the kind of person that every woman can relate to, that every woman can use to make herself feel empowered. She is supposed to be, essentially, the every-woman (and that includes women that aren't considered to be women by society). How are we supposed to have that when we have the guy who made Harley a stripper in Joker? I'm so glad that he's finally been kicked off the project; he's tainted her for the last 5 years....more
Trust Geoff Johns to have a plot that meanders all over the place, trying to be too epic for the limited amount of space he has. Only thing that keptTrust Geoff Johns to have a plot that meanders all over the place, trying to be too epic for the limited amount of space he has. Only thing that kept this from being a 1 star was the treatment and resolution of the Prisoner, a meta-human with manacles who is haunted by the ghosts of soldiers who've died in combat with him (from what I understand), experiencing a PTSD-like state. Apart from that, this was completely unreadable, which doesn't surprise me....more
The only thing that redeemed this volume was the inclusion of Batman #17, which is written by Snyder, and worth reading in the actual vol 3 of Batman.The only thing that redeemed this volume was the inclusion of Batman #17, which is written by Snyder, and worth reading in the actual vol 3 of Batman. Everything else was angst angst angst. I loved vol 1 and 2 (with the exception of the culling crossover), and am not surprised to hear that this title has been cancelled, the way this volume's been written. Such a letdown....more
I am so disappointed by this book. The first 100 or so pages made me so sure that I'd give this a high rating, and when Clara begins to have a romantiI am so disappointed by this book. The first 100 or so pages made me so sure that I'd give this a high rating, and when Clara begins to have a romantic, almost sexual relationship with Anise, the supposed evil queen, I decided that it would be a 5 star book, simply because I thought it would deviate from the norm. I don't know why I'm surprised. I should have known that an author and publisher--and everyone else who worked on this book--wouldn't seriously stick to something as important and as ground-breaking as a queer relationship. I honestly thought that Clara being queer and falling for Anise would have been the twist. That the 'evil queen' was good all along. But now, knowing what I do, it feels cheap. All those charged sexual scenes between Clara and Anise turn into queer-baiting. Re-reading with what I know now, I can see the clear distaste Clara has for her Sapphic relationship with Anise. Even though she shares a kinship with Anise, and even though she realises that Anise's weakness is her loneliness, she still just decides to be with her prince Nicholas because he's really hot, and she's practically been getting off to the hot statue of him for her entire life.
I am so disappointed that Clara is made to feel like her relationship with Anise was something wrong, was something she had to pretend in order to get wheat she wanted. It hurts, as a queer person, to see a flicker of representation, only to have it doused by an ocean of NOPE....more