By RazzaTazz 2 Comments
I am a big fan of the Gail Simone run on Wonder Woman, but in two of her last few issues there was something which bothered me. I have never been a big fan of the "who is the better hero?" questions among comic fans. I personally don't see what this knowledge adds to your favourite character. There are many reasons behind this, but the main one is that most characters are designed to operate in their own world with their own ethos. This is one of the things that people complain about when characters are integrated into team books, that their beliefs underlying their heroic nature is subverted to usually fit one of a few stereotypes (one of the ones that always bothers me on this is how Batman is portrayed in the Justice League.) In the last ten issues of her run though Gail gave the readers both a Wonder Woman versus Donna Troy, and a Wonder Woman versus Power Girl matchup. For being a plot device that I generally don't like they were handled relatively well. Still with this in mind I hope to now solve the eternal question of who would win between Space Cabbie and Star Hawkins:Actually I would never do that, as I said I don't really understand the ranking of characters against one another. Space Cabbie is out of place in Star Hawkins' stories even if they are both futuristic based characters (this is not to say I begrudge the people that enjoy the battle forums - it is just not for me.) So what Gail did was first of all not something that I very much enjoy in the first place. Secondly though it only exacerbated the fact that Wonder Woman is only allowed to fight females (her only major male villain is Doctor Psycho.) Most male heroes get a female as a villain, but the reciprocal does not happen as often. My main problem with this though was the sort of voyeuristic vicariousness that it gives the (male) reader. A lot of comic book readers would never think about picking up an issue of Wonder Woman unless they got to see a fight inside between two female heroes. I don't think a heroine against a hero, or a heroine against a female villains has the same interest. I know that Gail sometimes uses a bit of mockery for the way that Diana is portrayed, but she resorted to it herself here. This is one of the ways that writers get the writing of Wonder Woman wrong.