(Okay, that last one sounds rather dubious.)
It isn't that I am adamantly opposed to change. I was prepared to accept Diana as the daughter of Zeus. If anything, she's moved up in the world. The malevolence of the gods is well played, if unoriginal: since Perez, divine intrigue has always been present in the book, and was especially prominent in the Luke and Rucka runs.
But we've seen her Gotham, her Metropolis ruined, her people revealed as barbarous pirates. Two thirds of her reliable supporting cast has been erased --- the only reliable supporting cast she's had since Perez took Steve and Etta mostly out of the picture, establishing one of his worse precedents. I might have taken this better if they'd been replaced with something new and interesting. Zola and Lennox, as characters, are not that; and in fact they seem mostly ciphers at this point. I don't like what he did to the Amazons. If you think they were lame characters, do you really think Zola or Lennox or any of the gods are improvements?
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The series jumped to 600 due to a write in campaign that suggested the numbering be changed to more accurately reflect Wonder Woman's vast history. If you add volumes 1 (pre-Crisis), to volumes 2 (the Perez post-Crisis reboot) and 3 (the post-Crisis Heinberg reboot) you have around 600 issues.
I think the inclusion of Steve Trevor (assuming the origin follows he crashed on the island and Diana ended up returning him to his home) still fits that he's the first man she's ever encountered. And very likely something new to her. Going with the original (since nothing has been provided to say different) I think the television show handled this when Diana and another Amazon found Steve, the other Amazon didn't know what he was.I don't see any indication that Diana doesn't know that men existed. And because she'd never seen one, that seems all the more reason she (and other daughters) would be asking more and more questions.
Again, we don't know the workings of their society but keep in mind this is every 33 years (is this not getting through or something). If she's only in her twenties, then there isn't a need to separate the mothers from the rest during her lifetime unless she was born in the middle of the cycle. I've no idea if they do keep the children separate from the rest of the society. I was just putting it forward that until more is known that could be a possiblility. Its not that outlandish idea as there have been many stories in which children were separated from their parents for instruction. The mothering instinct may be discouraged here. Which might explain the use of the robe figures removing the male children. But we've no idea since all we've seen of Paradise Island still seems to be an island without children.A chunk of society goes "missing" for at least nine months and Diana isn't going to notice? Do you hide the kids until they are fully grown?
Socialization is the gradual education of children into what that society hopes they will become. In my experience, most (if not all) societies gradually introduce key elements of what it means to be a member of that society (eg, what that society thinks is "good" and "bad," what rituals you are expected to participate in, etc). Yet, for Diana to be so "shocked," it seems that she had no indication.
Moreover, Diana isn't just any daughter - she's the daughter of the queen. There are responsibilies and expectations of her. At some point mom's going to have to have a chat with her. If this is such a big part of Amazon society, I would think that mom wouldn't wait for the 33 b-day to dump it all on her. Just doesn't ring true.
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Zola is credible as a tough-minded young woman who's way out of her depth and knows it. But she isn't panicking or making stupid demands; she's just feeling her way among the formidable entities with whom she's forced to interact. I want to know more of her background, for instance whether she was in charge of that farmhouse. I'd prefer to see her in her own element, driving down Virginia backroads with Diana, dodging thunderbolts. Zola's okay.
Hermes is appealing, but he's a bit of an android. I assume he knows more than he's saying, else how would he know where Zola even was? If Diana weren't dependent on his cooperation she should have sat him down for a full interrogation.
Lennox I can take or leave. I know he's Diana's more experienced brother, maybe if I knew more about his long game I'd appreciate him, but for now he's just a smug git with a couple of good tricks.
I badly want Diana to drop Apollo into a sunspot, and somebody turn Hera into a horse, so that's some kind of character value. They're scarcely deep, though. Strife is such a Strife, I kind of want to keep her around. As for Great Big Fish and Happy Birthday, well I've been reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz et. seq. lately, and I can tell you Frank L. Baum did them way better. They're one-dimensional pantomine nobles.
Hippolyta was good when she was being shrewd and strategically on top of things. Then she became a tragic, tragic woman who could provide a Milan prima donna with a resounding aria and death scene.
About missing the old supporting cast, at present I'm missing the whole DC Universe I'd come to love, excepting a few bright spots. I can't even speculate how Diana should develop until I see how the DCNu is going to develop.
Okay, I'm sounding jaded, but really I'm impatient. Brian, can't we skip half of this languid banter and get to the showdown?