Pre-Crisis Wonder Woman had almost as many sci-fi elements as Superman. The Amazons had ray guns and spaceships, Purple Healing Rays and Mental Radios. Why aren't they allowed to have advanced technology now? Post-Crisis we had worked our way up to advanced military ordinance, including tanks, machine guns and bazookas and the more fantastic Hephaestus Cannon and the Purple Death Ray. Since then we've gotten backwards, back woods, primitive and archaic swords and shields and catapults and bows and arrows. They don't even use magic to defeat their opponents. Why is that? It's almost as if the powers that be feel threatened if the Amazons are too powerful.
During Perez's run standard rank and file Amazons were much stronger than baseline humans. They were capable of breaking the chains that bound them and bashing in the heads of their captors with the iron balls attached to them. They were able to roll giant boulders uphill and perform Bullets & Bracelets almost as efficiently as Wonder Woman herself, but now we see no evidence of that. Lately we've seen the Amazons Attack Amazons, the Odyssey Amazons, the Flashpoint Amazons, the nu-52 Amazons and the AME-Comi Amazons and none of them have been on par with the classic pre-Crisis versions, why is that?
In order for newbies to care about them, the Amazons have to be formidable. They should quickly annihilate their enemies and break bones and slash throats. DC keeps pushing the point that they're mythical warriors from a martial culture...why not enable them to be competitive with modern technology? I don't get why -after it was such a vital part of Pre-Crisis continuity- we can't have spaceships and ray guns?