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Wonder Woman 
6th-Nov-2007 11:42 am
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This post contains some spoilers for Wonder Woman stories

Diana of Themiscyra, Princess of the Amazons, known as Wonder Woman in the world of Men. Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules.

Wonder Woman is not only DC's premier female superhero, she's the most mythic of the superheroes they have. This means a fascinating array of mythical creatures to aid and oppose her - often female.

In Eyes of the Gorgon she fights Medusa - and she blinds herself to avoid the Gorgon's eyes.

In League of One, a dragon wakes, and the Oracle at Delphi predicts that when the Justice League go to fight it, both they and the dragon will die. Diana incapacitates or removes the other League members and goes to fight the dragon alone, embodying the League to spare the lives of her friends. There's a fascinating scene between Diana and Batman - he tells her they will work around the prophecy, and Diana is furious necause he does not understand the power of the Oracle. Once the Oracle has spoken, it is done - trying to change the fate it speaks only results in you bringing that fate about.

In The Hiketeia, Batman and Wonder Woman clash again. The Hiketeia is an ancient Greek hospitality rite, where a supplicant places themselves entirely in another's hands. If the supplicated breaks the rite, the Furies, the Kindly Ones, will come for them, and tear them apart - and no one is immune to their power once invoked. Diana granted Hiketeia to a woman who is being pursued by Batman for four murders she committed, and again, we see the clash of the mythic and the modern.

Done badly, Wonder Woman is a comic bondage figure. Done well, Wonder Woman is a magnificent, mythic icon of womanhood.
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