One of the major shortcomings of the writing of Wonder Woman over the years has been her lack of credible enemies. It is really only since the Perez reboot that she has in fact had what could be considered to be a traditional rogue’s gallery. In the silver age there were a few – two Cheetahs, the Angle Man, Doctor Psycho, the Silver Swan and maybe one or two others, but for the majority of her publication history she has mostly been without compelling enemies to write the stories. The well-established villains of Batman and Superman lend themselves quite strongly to well written stories, even without a strong motivation by the heroes, the villains can provide this themselves. So in this way Wonder Woman suffers from a lack of villains.
One of the ways in which the writers make up for it, is through somewhat repetitive plotlines. One of the most common is a series of contests, sometimes in which Diana has to compete for her title of Wonder woman again. Another is the invasion of Themyscira by outside forces. This last one is one which I find to be a bit perplexing at times. I can’t be sure how many times there has been an invasion but it happens fairly often. In Wonder Woman #104 of the second volume after an invasion from Apokolips it is described that there are around twelve hundred Amazons left and that half had died. Later though the city is shown in full repair and with the Amazons at full strength.
Certainly in terms of being a fan of Wonder Woman one of the major problems throughout the whole publication history has been the writing. Here though even the writers can’t get their recycled plot lines right, with an endless supply of Amazons for battle and a city which repairs itself. Maybe some stronger villains would shift the focus off these non-events and give the series a stronger direction and appeal.