By RazzaTazz 4 Comments
I came across an interesting comic today while reviewing some Wonder Woman issues. It was issue 218 of volume 2 and is not a very old comic (just about six years old). This issue basically serves to wrap up some storylines before pushing Wonder Woman off on the Infinite Crisis tie-in stories. One of the stories involves Ares, recently appointed as the ruler of the underworld, who goes to Themyscira to retrieve his daughter. This is kind of a complex story, as Ares at the time was sort of inhabiting the body of Ares Buchanan, who had a child with Donna Milton, who was the secret version of Circe (secret even to herself). The child, Lyta, went through various years of almost being ignored until eventually Circe was trapped on Themyscira with Lyta, where the two would learn Amazon ideals. This concept is not that foreign to the title either. Also in volume 2, Cassie (Wonder Girl) would undergo training in order to become an Amazon (though this is not the same as she actively sought out the training.) In the first volume, villains were often taking to Paradise Island for reprogramming as model citizens. In contemporary Flashpoint issues, Wonder Woman is the ruler over the British Isles, where others are taken to be reprogrammed in a sort of dystopian society.
There are of course some deeper concerns. The idea of having Lyta on Themyscira was so that she could be taught some belief system other than what she would learn from her father or mother (both pretty evil people.) This is akin to removing children from parents who espouse hatred of other groups of people and putting them into foster care. In this issue Athena tells Diana not to interfere as it is a matter of the gods (Circe being more of a god than a mortal). The interesting thing though is that Circe was always shown as a good parent and for all of Ares' treachery to get himself in a position where he could take her back, he seems to have done it in her best interest (it is impossible to tell, her last appearance was in this issue.) Therefore the Amazons sort of judged the child and the parents before any had a chance to prove themselves.
As always I am not a very big fan of some aspects of Wonder Woman, and the politics of Themyscira is one of them. In light of coming changes to Wonder Woman then, maybe this is on aspect of the character and the island that could be left behind.