Hi Hobomystical - good to see you again!
Like you, I would like to see more writer's writing a smarter, resourceful Diana.
"... Act, that each tomorrow find us farther than today."
Sometimes, I feel like they should remove Diana's flying abilities and replace it with the ability to jump really high or something. And if she needs to fly, they can bring back the plane. Don't kill me for saying this
Problematic because there's supposed to be some challenge for the hero.
2. she wins all of her physical battles.
I hope that's how any great hero today should fight. She's no Lance Armstrong.3. she fights fair.
Villains are traditionally more cerebral than the heroes, but it's also a stereotype that women are supposed to be more clever in defeating their opponents. But we never really get to appreciate the exact fighting skills that Diana is supposed to use anyway. Wouldn't she be the best archer with her gifts? Wouldn't she fly and swim better too? There are too many variables here. Why do superheroes always use punches and kicks when grappling and arm locks can restrain many opponents?a) don't engage her in physical combat. instead, use more devious, intellectual ways to fight her. sure, diana might have as much of athena's wisdom as she does athena's fighting prowess (all), but she doesn't have the experience of using it, and it doesn't make her psychic. the less information she has, the more time she'll need figuring out what's up. bottom line, though: if you don't want to get your butted kicked, don't engage her in physical combat of any sort. this also plays into her being a peacemaker: those who try to fight her know they'll lose, so actually avoiding fights is a much better option.
b) fight dirty. diana will always fight fair, so playing dirty will greatly reduce her chances of winning, say to about 50/50. and let's face it, diana's rogues will probably not play fair, and neither will any of the other gods, including athena and ares. (fighting dirty also includes finding ways of physically weakening her before/during actual physical combat begins, including wearing her out.) this will make things more challenging for her in combat because she is honor-bound to fight fair in all her physical combat situations. this will also create situations where both brains and brawn will need to be employed to get a victory. it prevents her from being a mere brute.
if these things are put into place regarding diana as the ultimate fighter/warrior in the dcu, then i think it would make things much more challenging for her while giving her an interesting weakness (always fighting fair). i like this category for her and i think she should own it.
what do the rest of you think?
One on one, and all things being equal, Diana should be able to take anyone in her power range or lower.
Gail Simone illustrated this very well in two seperate issues - one where Black Canary watched her fight, and the other where she goes up against Power Girl.
The only reason (Zodd) and (Black Adam) have a chance against her is their greater physical invulverablity and overall strength. I am picking my words with care here - these two only have a possiblity of beating her because they can take enought damage to last long enough to maybe get a punch in. Kryptonians also have their other powers like heat vision and arctic breath.
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Irene Adler: “I would have you right here on this desk until you begged for mercy twice.”
Sherlock: “I’ve never begged for mercy in my life.”
i wrote a response and the website gave me drama and i refuse to retype what i wrote.
i'll just state that i agree with brettc (post #126). :) and i want to emphasize "greater physical invulnerability and overall strength". it has to be both, not one or the other. both, in combination. they have to be able take more damage and give more damage to hope for a win (as far as pure physical battles are concerned).
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Peace encourages aggression, thus igniting war.
I found this on a very recent post from CBR's Comics should be Good blog. Link at the top.
It's written as extremely cutesy but actually its very badass. Wonder Woman and Steve are having an ice cream soda while red shirts are ready to shoot them. She deflects all their bullets without even looking up at them