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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 

The Olympians are being corrupted in WW

The New York Post has told that the changes being made in Wonder Woman are even worse than what the previous article suggested. First, we're told that Zeus is being retconned into Diana's father (!):
The iconic character is getting something she's never had in her almost 70-year-old history -- a father.

"She's going to learn she's not who she was told she was," "Wonder Woman" writer Brian Azzarello told The Post.

A storyline in the amazing Amazon's newly relaunched comic will reveal she's actually the daughter of Zeus, the thunderbolt throwing father of the Olympian gods. [...]

In the original comics, Wonder Woman's mother, Amazon queen Hippolyta, fashioned her baby Diana out of clay, and the clay was given life and superpowers by Greek goddesses.

When they relaunched their entire line of comics last month, DC Comics figured it was a good time to break the mold.

"In this case, making her a god actually makes her more human, more relatable," DC co-publisher Jim Lee said.
Excuse me? Since when wasn't she a deity? Implying that a girl who was created from enchanted clay wasn't ever a deity is absurd. And telling that this retcon is what'll make her more human and relatable alone doesn't mean they'll actually follow through on it with the kind of track record they've already displayed.

Aside from how they're diminishing the creativity of the original concepts, another thing that's apalling here, and only becoming clearer in this article, is how the Olympians are being retconned into a mafia-like clan:
"There are going to be some family issues," Azzarello said, referring to the Olympians as "the original crime family."

He said he's based his take on the Olympians from the original myths.
"They're pretty nasty people," but "they can also do a lot of good. They're like a mirror of human beings, turned up to 11."

And that should bolster Wonder Woman's iconic standing alongside her fellow DC legends Batman and Superman.
I don't think so. At best, it makes the Olympians less impressive and less inspiring.

There's one other part in this sugary item that's certainly a lie:
Wonder Woman has been one of the big winners of the DC relaunch, as the first issue of her critically acclaimed title sold more than 100,000 copies -- her best sales in years.
I wish that were so, but the sales charts don't support their claim. Only 76,214 copies were published. In fact, stateside, nothing sold above 200,000 units (last month's Justice League #1 sales certainly didn't cross that threshold), so just what exactly is it they're celebrating here? Yes, the sales for some of their books may have risen, but it's not the extravaganza they want us to think. This simply exposes the desperation of their ploy which the MSM could only be too happy to back them up on as they try to foist stultifying depictions of their universe down everyone's throats. It even suggests that these premiere issues are only likely to draw the speculator crowd that collects these in hopes they'll become valuble someday, but has become very unlikely for many years now since that market collapsed in the early 90s.

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