By RazzaTazz 48 Comments
This is a mini rant so be prepared. I can say that after having read issue #14 of Justice League that I do not at all get where the writers are taking the romance between Wonder Woman and the other guy. I suppose that seeing as almost nothing in their entire publication history has ever indicated that they might be romantically compatible with one another, that there needs to be at least something to make these two want to be together. The justification of "feeling isolated because of their powers" doesn't quite fit though. I think I can say that probably everyone in their entire lives has felt isolated in some way, but seeing another person similarly isolated doesn't make us want to start kissing them. So that is the first part of the rant out of the way, because that underlies everything else. The problem after that in this issue (spoilers) is that Superman takes Wonder Woman on what amounts to their first date where he shows her around Smallville and the reasons for his superheroics. This ends up being the usual Americana concept which underlines Superman - fighting for the Red, White and Blue and for the everyman. How does this relate to Diana? Well it doesn't really. Her mission is actually above and beyond that as she aims to represent all of humanity and to do it in as peaceful a way as possible. I am obviously not a fan of this romance, but at least the writers could have found a better way to justify it than to destroy the essence of who Diana is as a person. This is after all seven years after she has become a hero and she only feels isolated now? What I feared would happen is happening, as Diana has essentially become a supporting character for Superman. The below panel is the most telling for me, throughout the character's publication history the two have been portrayed as good and loyal friends, but only friends. Wonder Woman is talking about the Cheetah here, but it could jut as easily be about Superman.