Monday, January 12, 2009

A character without a discernible personality or direction

You're a mean one, Princess Grinch

Looks like it's been a while since I cleared out my Wonder Woman links. First Martin Klasch wonders why Wonder Woman and her fellow JSA members are gleefully swiping Christmas presents from sleeping children...

"Prisoner of Christmas Island"

Superheroes R Us has the answer. She must have been horribly, emotionally scarred after her experiences on Christmas Island.

(And the Andrews Sisters make it sound like such a delightful place.)

(There's a valkyrie in the story too. The Wonder Woman one; not the Andrews Sisters. Though their's would have been much cooler with a Norse Death Angel as well.)

"Shocker": Wonder Woman Companion cancelled

Illustration by Roberto Campus.

If you'll pardon a brief moment of whining, one of the frustrating things about having an under-read blog is that you can notice something in October, but no one pays attention until a wider-read blog finally notices two months later. That's not at all a complaint about Johanna; just lamenting a sad fact that's no one's fault.

Related Whine: Johanna wonders if DC had something to do with the bad news, saying, "It wouldn’t be the first time that they pulled a cease-and-desist on a fan project that was more complete than what they were putting out." I noticed in July that Phil Jimenez is working on an official Wonder Woman Encyclopedia. So, yes, DC's got a similar project in the works and maybe that's why they wouldn't endorse TwoMorrows' version. But based on Jimenez's devotion to the character and comments about the research he's doing for his book: no, I seriously doubt it's less complete than TwoMorrows'.

"A character without a discernible personality or direction"

I thought for about five seconds about making this the Quote of the Week, but I decided it fits better here.
Wonder Woman has often been derided as a character without a discernible personality or direction … at least beyond “high-minded ambassador/heroine charged with bringing peace to Man’s World through violence.”

Nothing, however, could be [further] from the truth. The Amazing Amazon, as written by creator William Moulton Marston and illustrated by Harry G. Peter, has greater depth and drive than a dozen Batmen. The only problem is that Marston’s views on a woman’s role in society was so … *ahem * … “personal” that subsequent creators have never been able to - or dared - take to their logical conclusion.
--The Fortress Keeper, wisely pointing out something so obvious that it's incredible no one ever noticed it before.

It also means that we can probably throw out Golden Age Wonder Woman as being at all informative of how Wonder Woman ought to be written today.

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