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Results: Most Memorable Moment for DC Comics' Women!

The most memorable moments for DC Comics' women voted on by you!


With so many interesting female comic characters and events at DC Comics, it can be hard to choose just one specific moment that can be defined as your "favorite." What is it about that moment that makes the story so interesting? Are the events that occurred in that moment what make it compelling to you, or is it the reaction of the character that followed the events that make it memorable?   
 
Yesterday the DC Women Kicking Ass blog and Comic Vine asked our readers to participate in a poll that would determine, in your opinion, what is the most memorable moment for DC Comics' women. After receiving 1,500 votes in the 24 hour period, we have a winner. With 13% of the vote, the most memorable moment for the DC ladies, according to fans that voted, goes to Wonder Woman snapping Maxwell Lord's neck in Wonder Woman #219. This runner up moment was Supergirl's self sacrifice to save the world in Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 (12.2%) and third place goes to Kate Kane's resignation from West Point because of DADT in Detective Comics #859 (8.4%). It's safe to say that the top three moments were compelling in their own right, for different reasons. Kate Kane's resignation is symbolic of the current socio-political struggle between the LGBT community and the United States Military, and is a moment that speaks to many DC comics fans. Supergirl's sacrifice is that of the ultimate super-heroine; giving up her life and happiness for the sake of the world is hard to beat. Yet, the number one moment voted on by fans is the murder of Max Lord at the hands of Wonder Woman. Whether it be because the moment distinguished Diana from the other two founders of The Trinity, or because it was repeated and re-imagined in so many books after it was first published, it is your most memorable moment. 
 
Did you favorite moment make the cut? Did it win? What moment did you vote for and why was it memorable to you? If you missed it yesterday, check out the polls here and here. Thanks again to the DC Women Kicking Ass blog for bringing the poll to the attention of Comic Vine's readers!  
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Posted by keithfreitag

Nice job!

Posted by Hamz

I wonder if we'll see Diana do it again? :P

Posted by SirSparkington
@Hamz said:
" I wonder if we'll see Diana do it again? :P "
After Generations Lost ends of course. Because that series is quite enjoyable.
Edited by FoxxFireArt

It's interesting how the issue of Kate Kane of the DADT and thankfully that issue was repealed recently.
 
I did the math. If there are over 76,000 Comic Vine users and this poll received 1,500 votes in 24 hours. That means the vote had only barely a 2% voting turnout.
 
About the number one moment selected does differentiate Wonder Woman between other two. Superman is the eternal boyscout, Batman is the detective who wont kill, and Wonder Woman is the warrior. The one who will make the hard decision. 

Funny how the edgy one gets so little attention.

Posted by Mutant God

I voted for wonder woman cause it was cool to see her snap a guy's neck
Posted by Duo_forbidden
@SirSparkington said:
" @Hamz said:
" I wonder if we'll see Diana do it again? :P "
After Generations Lost ends of course. Because that series is quite enjoyable. "
I wouldn't mind that. Either Diana or Power Girl could do the job lol.
Posted by JonesDeini
@FoxxFireArt said:
" It's interesting how the issue of Kate Kane of the DADT and thankfully that issue was repealed recently.
 
I did the math. If there are over 76,000 Comic Vine users and this poll received 1,500 votes in 24 hours. That means the vote had only barely a 2% voting turnout.  About the number one moment selected does differentiate Wonder Woman between other two. Superman is the eternal boyscout, Batman is the detective who wont kill, and Wonder Woman is the warrior. The one who will make the hard decision.  Funny how the edgy one gets so little attention. "
Indeed...
Posted by ImperiousRix

Snaps, the two moments I voted for came in first and second. 
People actually agree with me?  That's astounding.

Posted by Pokeysteve

I didn't vote for that but I'm ok with it winning. Superman and especially Batman preach all time about doing what needs to be done but never do it. Joker comes to mind. Wonder Woman proved she's capable. Go Diana. 
  
Babs, which did you vote for you never said? ......or is that hush hush?

Posted by sweatboy

 By the time i went in it was after hearing thevotes were CLOSED (when i knew the thread existed, i was away) but i wanted to know the results. My choice for the first one was Supergirl dies in Crisis, which co-incidentally WAS the most popular vote! For the second i went with Lois Lane refuses to believe Superman (second choice being Trinity's Max Lord event) 
 
I think that people vote for something they KNOW? like,... I'd have liked Helena Burtenelli's 1st appearance, or Stephanie Brown becoming ROBIN, i've seen Spoiler, but i haven't been dedicated enough (and certainly not to Batman) to have caught that. Whereas you couldn't MISS Supergirl's death or Maxwell Lord. I think some of those answers could have been cooler than what were finally voted. BUT NOW WE KNOW! and knowing,...means the game is now, a foot

Posted by Supreme Marvel

A big one for me was when Jean Loring killed Sue Dibny, well the reveal.  I was like :O

Posted by Blackestnight

They can say trinity all they want but Wonder Woman is not on par with and not even close to being with the Superman much less Batman in terms of sales or popularity.  And her current writing is probably the worst it has ever been. 
 
She doesn't have good enemies.  Superman is bronze over brains, Batman in brains over Bronze, and wonder woman is usually a boring bronze vs bronze. She is a lot like Thor is respects, a popular enough character, given too much power and virtually no weakness and no real solid enemies. Even Thor has Loki Wonder Woman has what a cheeta? please. There is no Joker of Lex in her life/stories. And that is why she fails as Superman's female rip off.  Liekwise Thor is popular, but he will never reach the height of Spiderman, Batman's counter part in Marvel in terms of recognition and fame and money making. Or the Hulk Marvel's number 2 like Superman. 
And I feel like it is because she was made too powerful and it is hard to write enemies for her. She does best as a Justice League player. Because Superman and Batman can carry her weight. On her own the Wonder Woman comic, few people have read even one of them, including avid comic book readers. Why? because she isn't interesting unless you are sad enough to be in need of fictional girl power.

Posted by Grimoire

I'm glad WW got the first spot since when it happened to even now I still consider it a defining moment for DC comics. Like I said before I hope Max's neck gets snapped again by WW or Power Girl.

Posted by Darkmount1
@Duo_forbidden:
No. She shouldn't do it again, not after the backlash she got last time. I say have Max revealed to the world the scumbag he truly is, and as punishment, serve time....after getting the part of his brain that controlled his power removed, like they did with the bad guy in the 1994 Shadow movie.
Posted by NightFang
@Duo_forbidden said:
" @SirSparkington said:
" @Hamz said:
" I wonder if we'll see Diana do it again? :P "
After Generations Lost ends of course. Because that series is quite enjoyable. "
I wouldn't mind that. Either Diana or Power Girl could do the job lol. "
I would rather see Diana doing again, but it would be in bad taste to bring Max back to life and then re-kill him.
Posted by LP

FoxxFireArt, Babs, I always end up agreeing with you two! =D

Posted by Dr. Maxwell

Catwoman giving up her baby

Posted by Joe Venom
@NightFang said:
" @Duo_forbidden said:
" @SirSparkington said:
" @Hamz said:
" I wonder if we'll see Diana do it again? :P "
After Generations Lost ends of course. Because that series is quite enjoyable. "
I wouldn't mind that. Either Diana or Power Girl could do the job lol. "
I would rather see Diana doing again, but it would be in bad taste to bring Max back to life and then re-kill him. "
No, Booster Gold should to get the kill this time
Posted by Joe Venom

I got your kick ass moment right here! PowerBoy learns the hard way that NO means NO! A Galactic knee to the family jewels in space where no one can hear you scream, She should get this move trademarked 
Posted by Outside_85
@Blackestnight said:
"They can say trinity all they want but Wonder Woman is not on par with and not even close to being with the Superman much less Batman in terms of sales or popularity.  And her current writing is probably the worst it has ever been.   She doesn't have good enemies.  Superman is bronze over brains, Batman in brains over Bronze, and wonder woman is usually a boring bronze vs bronze. She is a lot like Thor is respects, a popular enough character, given too much power and virtually no weakness and no real solid enemies. Even Thor has Loki Wonder Woman has what a cheeta? please. There is no Joker of Lex in her life/stories. And that is why she fails as Superman's female rip off.  Liekwise Thor is popular, but he will never reach the height of Spiderman, Batman's counter part in Marvel in terms of recognition and fame and money making. Or the Hulk Marvel's number 2 like Superman.  And I feel like it is because she was made too powerful and it is hard to write enemies for her. She does best as a Justice League player. Because Superman and Batman can carry her weight. On her own the Wonder Woman comic, few people have read even one of them, including avid comic book readers. Why? because she isn't interesting unless you are sad enough to be in need of fictional girl power. "

Depends on your tastes, if you happen to like a little mythology, swords and sorcery added to your comics then WW is a very good place to start if you arent jumping in with two feet into the Red Sonja department.
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Posted by Eyz
@Joe Venom said:
"
I got your kick ass moment right here! PowerBoy learns the hard way that NO means NO! A Galactic knee to the family jewels in space where no one can hear you scream, She should get this move trademarked  "
Haha! XD
That's a kickass panel against a character that really deserved it :P
(seriously...Power "Boy"..??? )
Posted by tonis

hehe I voted for #1 and #2, although I felt #2 was my #1

Posted by darkrider

I VOTED FOR Barbara Gordon IN 1 AND 2  BARBARA FOR ME Is the best female character in the DCU AND THE  BEST BATGIRL  EVER
Posted by dondasch

I voted for Wonder Woman snapping Max Lord's neck.  Hands down, the best moment, imho.  Diana proved, beyond any doubt, that she will kill those who represent a threat, unlike Batman or Superman

Posted by Video_Martian
@Joe Venom said:
"
I got your kick ass moment right here! PowerBoy learns the hard way that NO means NO! A Galactic knee to the family jewels in space where no one can hear you scream, She should get this move trademarked  "
lol
Edited by Blackestnight

People should be careful evoking WW as a symbol of girl power or whatever. During the civil rights period wonder woman  was a lady with Judo chops for a while with no goddess like powers. Funny too because Judo doesn't even have strikes, it's a sport about grappling and throwing. She was part of the 60s martial arts fad. 
She was a psychologist fantasy about bondage and she wasn't always a god, The man who created her based it on his mistress, and he and she and his wife had a polygamous relationship ripe with bondage. The bracelets she wears were the same as his wife's. If she lassos a man they must obey to her will and if a man ties her up she loses her powers break Aphrodite's law and become submissive.



 
And she was very much taking form superman in super strength, flight, speed, etc. Only her weakness is bondage not red sun light or kyrptonite. Yes she has a different personality, she's borderline prejudice and is willing to kill. Bravo for her. There is a good reason Superman doesn't kill his enemies. It would scare the hell out of people on earth if he started acting like judge and executioner.  Some people reform as well, as several batman enemies who got to live did, one of whom later helped save Cat Woman, heart. Batman has a hard enough time with the balance he has as vigilante without murdering people even the Joker. His relationship with the cops would sour fast if he crossed that line as would his character as a symbol. We saw what happened to the JL when superman killed Lex Luther and just lobotomized other enemies.  And it wasn't Diana acting as the conscience, it was the Flash.   Diana grew up much differently than Superman, much less human though neither of them are human. Her books have been around a long time, and sure she IS a huge character, so is Thor who I compared her too. But she is Not on Batman's level. By sales figures when Batman and Superman were # 1 and 3 Wonderwoman was # 50 and it stays like that from the 60s to now, and in terms of movies, toys, animation, etc the gap widens more and more. She looks good on the posters with the three of them but she is not carrying her weight. It's not that she is small, it's that Superman and Batman are so big.  Why? I think it is because her enemies stink.  You could mention some of them, I bet you everyone knows Lex and the Joker, they won't know all of Diana's foes. Ares or Cheeta, Giganta etc do not compare to Luthor, or The Joker or Osborne.  It's like Daredevil is a well known character, makes money, been in films and TV series but he is not even remotely in Spiderman's territory.  Batman and Spiderman have tons of well developed foes and supporting characters as does Superman. Wonderwoman is lacking something, Were she not a girl I think her appeal would fall down to the level of Wonderman or Marvel's Hercules. Their OK characters. It's because she's a woman that she was so important and I agree with those of you who will say she was a catalyst for more female comic book characters. That was going to happen though with or without her. There wasn't That many titles or characters at the time anyway . Could have done without the bizzar S&M stuff.  But it WAS her so their is special iconic appeal there. 
 
But it is 2011 I dont think many of us are floundering with the equal rights issue, we just read comics for entertainment and WW isn't that.  I've been reading her stuff from WW 600 to now and I just don't like it. And of course I read titles before. I read tons of it digitally, because I wanted to like her. I'm just not going to buy it. She was portrayed well in crisis on two earths the animated film. She's had some good rolls in the justice league and now and then a good regular wonder woman comic. But its not even remotely close to Batman and Superman. I can tell you where I live in Japan, most people have not heard of her. They all know Batman and Superman, Spiderman, Captain America etc. And this is the land of comics and a culture of adults reading comics without the stigma its for kids that still lingers in the US. People know her in the US because she was in the justice league with Superman. Think back how did you first learn about her? 
 
It's not "sad" to like her or respect her for girl power. What's sad is that's still the sell. Other female characters are interesting on their own without dipping into the hey I'm a girl too card. We don't give special attention to sex or race in comics anymore because we've moved past prejudice and the need to think of characters in terms of demographics.  I can tell you as a twin I don't like the trite stereotype of twins portrayed in comics. It's nothing I fret over, but it was something as a children my brother and I had to face with constant comparisons of who was whatever est-er and stupid idea like sharing pains or reverse of being total opposites one good one bad, or one good at something and  the other the opposite. That crap has been there from GI Joe to wonder twins. But it's not just comics, it's Disney and Sitcoms etc. The Japanese and Native American characters in DC and Marvel have been less than flattering as well, even when they were trying to say look we have a X as a hero it proves we are not prejudice. I can tell you as a Native I never saw it that way. I was like oh great another guy that talks to animals and stuff, that's going to help... And I don't think DC or Marvel ARE prejudice, I just think some people are clueless.  Marvel has gotten better making some Natives who just happen to have that as a backdrop in their history no different that saying oh and Wolverine is Canadian. DC not so much.
 
So I don't like this idea of placing woman's role (like all of them) in the hands of some character no matter how cool she is.  Not everyone likes or looks at comic book characters as a collectivist and judges the whole group associated with the character by them. I don't care if Green Arrow is left handed, or Black Canary is a blond.  I don't feel like lefties or blonds are in such a need to attach themselves to such things. That is what I meant by it being "sad." 
I'm sorry if I cut down your favorite character for anyone.  Her character could be given so much more. I do think she needs better foes and a better more modern philosophical back drop.

Posted by TDK_1997

I voted for Supergirl giving her life in Final Crisis 7.But I also liked Wonder Woman killing Maxwell Lord

Posted by queenfrost_

A deserving winner. The one time Diana showed herself to be a true fighter and finally sacrifice this man for a world she once knew nothing about

Posted by Blackestnight
@Outside_85:  I'll take all that same stuff from Thor.
Posted by Outside_85
@Blackestnight:
True enough, but then again both he and Diana fit the same slot of their respective companies. Diana just happens to look better than Thor :)
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