For better or worse, comic fans knew that DC’s relaunch would bring changes to beloved characters. As Brian Azzarello took on the daunting task of writing Diana of Themyscira, Princess of the Amazons, he had a devoted fan base to appeal to. At first, he was fairly successful. I was sold.
In my defense, the beauty of Cliff Chiang’s art goes a long way. Also, despite Phil Hester’s admirable attempt at redeeming The Odyssey story line, that was not a hard act to follow. I may or may not have been a bit hungry for another writer on Wonder Woman.
As Azzarello added more and more characters to the cast of Wonder Woman, the old gods started overshadowing our princess. Diana’s path was becoming foggy. So, it wasn’t quite clear how Azzarello was going to characterize the leading lady who was becoming more like a supporting actress in her own book. The story-shine of Zeus being her father was wearing off. So, Azzarello brought the thunder in another epic reveal in Wonder Woman #7.
What does this mean? The Amazons ritualistically force men to procreate with them, and then dispose of them? They keep their daughters and trade their sons as slaves for weapons? All of this was kept from Diana, their Princess? Rapists. Murderers. Slave traders. Liars.
It was all so shocking. Some fans were wildly offended.
While Azzarello’s depiction of the Amazon’s has left a funky aftertaste, the real kicker is that it hasn’t been mentioned since. We are up to issue #15 and Azzarello has the Wonder Woman audience captivated with the arrival of the New Gods.
Will he ever elaborate on the giant can of worms he opened in issue #7?
I guess he is saving up to make that a Memorable Moment for 2013.