Quote by Gail Simone.
Credit goes to DCWKA/Sue’s post for this one.
You know, I’m kinda interested in her batting average on that.
Indeed, it has always been one of Diana’s main problems that quite unlike her fellow members of the Trinity — and pretty much every other non-villainous character — she’s rarely allowed to succeed at her core objective. Which isn’t maintaining the status quo but rather the exact opposite.
To this day I believe Gail made 2 fundamental mistakes in her run on Diana’s title by not having Diana be the one to find her exiled sisters — dear gods, if there was one storyline Diana should have owned, it was that. Instead, we have the whole stupid storyline with Beowulf I think? Then that failure is followed up by having Achilles seen to be blatantly more effective at ending armed conflicts than Diana. I’m certainly strruggling to remember any of Gail’s run where her quote above was put into effect.
What’s galled me for years though is that a single throw-away line in an earlier run gave Hippolyta-as-40s-Wonder-Woman a more enduring effect than Diana herself: she either directly founded or was the inspiration for founding a movement called the Wonder Scouts.
Just think about that for a moment. Scouts and their counterpart Guides have been around since before 1910. Wonder Poly basically impressed enough parents and their daughters that she was either able to operate as part of or successfully compete against the American body of a 30+ year old global movement.
Even if Diana never got to do anything as impressive as that, it’s still a victory for the legacy I guess, so of course it was never mentioned again outside that single montage.
Then there’s the issue of the Amazon womens’ shelters. They may have been mentioned before — I mean, they really are probably the single most obvious and logical way of having Diana and her sisters bring their message of loving support to the world — but the only time can recall them showing up was as part of the plot line where Granny Goddess has secretly replaced Athena and is using them as recruiting centres for new Furies. From memory, they didn’t even show up in Diana’s title, but rather the weekly lead up to Final Crisis.
And don’t get me started on the fact that Batman Inc — a hero inspiring people around the world to take up their mantle — should have been Diana’s story, not Bruce’s.
Good story, an embracing of the Greek mythology and history, and a Diana that is clearly her own agent. Amazons who are worthy of the name, not in the sense that they’ve amputated a breast, but in the sense that they are not-to-be-fucked-with. Little-to-no romance. A costume that makes more sense. An epic sword fight. A thematic core that addresses the questions of xenophobia v. inclusion, and nature v. nurture, and that takes the core feminism of the concept and instead of apologizing for it or avoiding it, embraces it as a given, so it is simply there, rather than being what it’s about.
Mostly, one that embraces the character rather than apologizes for her."
— Greg Rucka, on what he wants to see in a Wonder Woman movie (via thehappysorceress)