So, once in a while I jump on the famous tumblr DC Women Kicking Ass, because it's generally interesting to read. Today I found it was posted an article about "Mothers in Comics". It's a nice read, but I disagree on a few points. Those points happen to focus around Wonder Woman.
The full article is here:
The article starts describing what are considered "stereotypes of mothers in comics" (althought I don't believe the term stereotype is the best one to use), here's the second listed:
I would argue that Luke Cage is a bigger papa bear than Jessica, and I find kind of cold the way it refers about Zola's baby simply as a "fetus", but aside from that... Has Wonder Woman really displayed aggressivness in defending this Fetus? As Zola? It seems to me, Wonder Woman did everything so far, to defend Zola and the baby. It's not a "mama bear" approach, is simply a hero doing what is right.2.The “mama bear” moms – those mothers who can use or display aggression to protect their precious cubs: Jessica Jones & Danielle Cage; Zola, and by extension, Wonder Woman’s protecting of Zola’s fetus in Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman; and Sue Storm and her twins would fit into this category.
As for Zola? In the latest issue, Zola jumps into the battle not to defend herself, but to defend Diana.
Their relationship is not really based around the baby at all, it's two women defending each other from a bunch of powerful entities.
A second Wonder Woman citation comes later:
This is kind of tricky to explain while it rubs me the wrong way. It might have to do with the fact that it sounds like some other people that have complained about WW being now a sad girl with "daddy issues". Now here we say that azzarello's new origins trasported the focus from being about a mother and her daughter and be about "an affair".The new Wonder Woman writer, Brian Azzarello, has retroactively changed Diana’s mythos, making it not about a mother and her fellow women raising a miracle baby, but rather about an affair that Zeus had with Hippolyta to create Diana. This storyline has not only driven a wedge between the greatest mother-daughter relationship in comics history[...]
Is this really what happened?
Zeus barely fits into the story. He's there, but it's secondary, he doesn't even have a line of dialogue. What really is important from the whole thing is still Hippolyta and Diana relationships.
People have complained that Azzarello has "masculinized" Diana origins, but the truth is, Zeus still doesn't have anything to do with her or her story, and I doubt he will have a fundamental role in her life for the future. This is Zeus, he doesn't care about his childrens, and we saw that Diana doesn't care about him. What she cares are her home and her mother, like the striking images of issue 4.
Maybe I should respond to DCWKA, but I don't have an account on tumblr, so I'll bring the discussion here. It would be nice to see others opinions around here.