Leading into the 2006 DC crossover Infinite Crisis, Wonder Woman snapped the neck of an unscrupulous man with mind-control powers, a man who proved himself capable of controlling no less than Superman himself. She saw no alternative; others, particularly Superman and Batman, disagreed. Given her Amazonian heritage, killing a relentless threat seemed a viable option. Though she felt justified, she took a break from her Wonder Woman role for a year and was only just getting back into it when novelist Jodi Picoult began her five-issue stint on the title.
Picoult’s brief but solid run concluded in Wonder Woman #10, which pits Diana against her mother Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. The Amazons are waging war against Washington, D.C., and Diana’s refusal to side with them disappoints her mother greatly.
Mother issues have been a part of the Wonder Woman mythos since early on. After all, one of the staples of her origin involves Diana disobeying her mother’s wishes to compete in a tournament to journey to man’s world. Putting Diana and Hippolyta on opposite sides of a major conflict, and having them fail to live up to each other’s expectations, feels inevitable and earned. And in viewing her mother in a new light, Wonder Woman is also able to view her own past actions through a new lens—particularly her execution of a villain.
I haven’t read the storyline this leads into, “Amazons Attack,” though I recall it being critically panned. Nevertheless, the set-up works wonderfully as a conclusion to the previous arc, and it allows Wonder Woman to discover a bit more about who exactly she’s supposed to be.
Writer: Jodi Picoult
Artist: Paco Diaz
Cover: Terry and Rachel Dodson
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Wonder Woman: Love and Murder (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 13 and up