As if the Amazon Princess hasn’t gone through enough changes lately, the DC Source Blog revealed today she’s getting a new origin story. Which isn’t neccesarily a bad thing because as comic book fans know the origin of Wonder Woman is weird as fuck. She wasn’t born, she was sculpted out of clay by her mother, Hippolyta and the goddess Athena blessed her to be as, “beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules.” Boom, Diana, Amazon Princess, Feminist Icon, Wonder Woman was created.
Ever since then the origin has been muddled and altered by writers to fit whatever version of Wonder Woman they wanted. At one time, I think they hinted at her father being Hades, which was even weirder. Now, in Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s new Wonder Woman she’s getting a daddy. Officially. No more clay and desperate pleas for a daughter from Hippolyta.
This new origin story won’t be revealed until the third issue, out November 16th, but Azzarello spilled the beans in an interview with the New York Post. Spoiler warning, if you don’t wanna who’s her daddy, stop reading. Duh.
She’s going to learn she’s not who she was told she was. Everybody’s got a father. Even if he’s not the nicest guy in the world.
Who? Oh, only the king of the gods, Zeus. Yup, Diana’s just another demi-god bastard of the great Zeus. Hey, wait! That’s kind of a craptacular origin for the most empowering woman in comics. Hmm, I’m not too sure how I feel about this, Azzarello.
Jim Lee, DC co-publisher, of course thinks it’s a wonderful idea, just like that new costume he designed for her last year which caused the internet to explode over a pair of pants,
In this case, making her a god actually makes her more human, more relatable. We’re approaching all the classic characters in a way that feels true to their origins but thoroughly modern.
And didn’t Zeus normally rape most of the woman he begot little godly children on? More and more I’m thinking I’m not going to like this one bit.
But I’m totally willing to give it a shot. I don’t know if you read Wonder Woman #1, but it was easily one of the best books of the relaunch. Diana was strong, sexy, and could kick ass like it was her one and only purpose. And they didn’t spend pages upon pages explaining to us who she was, we got right to the action. It was a great way to hook new readers, and I have to admit this new origin will probably win over more new readers. It’s easy to comprehend, simplistically explains why she so powerful and it’ll had all sorts of juicy, Olympic family drama. And even with all that, somehow bringing a man into the origin of comic’s most famous feminist icon leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
What do you think of Diana’s new parentage? Simpler? More comprehensible? Better all around and I should stop my silly feminist ranting?
Source: The Mary Sue