"A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her."
Here's a long-shot theory: he plans to change time so that Diana will have been more hardened and ruthless by the time he tries to begin grooming her as his successor.
The solicit for 17 says that Orion's reason for helping Diana recover Zola's baby will lead to a monstrous betrayal. Well, we know that Orion's mission is to prevent a threat to time itself, right? So maybe Zola's baby has some kind of power that can be used to affect time. The monstrous betrayal would involve War using Zola's baby to try to chnnge Diana's past and personality. Possibly War's means of doing this has to do not only with the baby but also with a motherbox, which is why it was important (according to one of the script pages shown at NYCC) to show that War possessed a motherbox.
The grown-up Diana's sad expression would probably suggest that his plans failed; either he manages to change her past but, in the present-day, she now regrets whatever bloodiness she was manipulated into; or she kills War, to protect Zola's baby, before War can change her past, so she is his designated successor but is no more inclined to take up his role than she ever would have been.
Lotech--I can understand finding the quantity of blood gross and unappealing as a cover image, but I don' think it says anything about whether Wonder Woman still stands for high values. We've already seen the Wonder Woman embraces love and mercy and rejects the ways of war. She's someone who as acted lovingly towards an uncle who tried to perpetually consume her and a sister who has trying to kill her. The cover seems to show us a young Diana as War would have liked her to be, but the grown-up Wonder Woman doesn't look too happy about it, right?
Last edited by slvn; 12-10-2012 at 09:58 AM.
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