5 Reasons Superman and Wonder Woman Doin' It is A Terrible Idea

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08.23.12 24 Comments
So DC has finally pulled the trigger. They’re really doing it. Chuck Austen is giggling and clapping his hands somewhere.

Superman and Wonder Woman make sense outside DC continuity because, well, the basic physics dictate that neither of them exactly have a lot of sex partners who can take the abuse they’ll dish out. We’ve all read Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex, but that’s a two-way street. Consider that Wonder Woman’s enormous strength extends to her entire body.

Yeah, that’s a great way for your rod to become a twig, if you’ll excuse my work-safe euphemisms.

Nonetheless, inside DC continuity, it’s a terrible idea. Here’s why.

#5) Dammit, Brian Azzarello Doesn’t Need This $#!t

Azzarello has been doing a spectacular job on Wonder Woman, capping off a twelve issue run with a killer cliffhanger. And now DC editorial is throwing him this monkey wrench? Granted he can just ignore it since DC doesn’t seem prone to forcing lots of crossovers, but it’s still a crappy thing to do to a guy who has salvaged one of your biggest characters with the single best run she’s had in decades.

#4) So, Supes Is a Dick Now?

I freely admit I haven’t enjoyed how DC has been characterizing Superman this go-round, to the point of largely avoiding the books aside from Supergirl. In large part he’s a whiny douche, when he’s not being a self-righteous douche.

Part of what made Superman appealing is that he’s not human, but he genuinely wants to be. He’s a god who would give up his godhood if he didn’t feel an intense obligation to use his powers for the betterment of all mankind.

Screwing a teammate seems distinctly out of character. It’s like the New 52 establishing Batman is nailing Catwoman on a regular basis; it was fun to joke about but on paper it seems a step too far.

#3) It Makes The Human Cast Members of Both Essentially Redundant

Lois exists, especially since the ’80s reboot, to ground Superman and tie him to humanity. Same with the cast at the Daily Planet. I’d complain more about Steve Trevor but Azzarello hasn’t featured him and he was always a blank anyway.

I think Wondy can deal with this better than Supes because her current book lays out that she’s noble and thoughtful of others to a fault. Supes… I’m not so sure.

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