Mindy Newell: Wonder Bitch
“I’d love to kiss you, but I just washed my hair.” – Bette Davis
Over at GeekMom.com , founding editor and columnist Corinna Lawson wrote a review of both Wonder Woman #36 (featuring the new team of Meredith and David Finch) and Superman/Wonder Woman #13 entitled “Memo to DC: Wonder Woman Likes People. Honest.”
Corinna is not happy.
Neither am I.
Now it’s true that my opinion of the Amazon’s most recent adventures are tainted a bit by my experience in working on the title with two of the best people in comics, George Pérez and Karen Berger, in that I think we did the definitive version of Diana, incorporating and being true to the Greek mythology from which the character sprung. It’s also true that the tinge of envy I feel whenever I hear that a new writer has come on board the tile – Hey, DC!! What am I, chopped liver? – may color my reception of said new writer. And it’s also true that, if ever given the chance to write the character again, my take could be considered fairly radical – a feminist icon who is not pro-choice? Is, in fact very much anti-abortion. For reasons, good, logical reasons, I have gone into in previous columns.
But what bothers me most about Wonder Woman today is evident in the dialogue and scene descriptions that Corinna mentions in her review and that I read for myself. For instance, there is a scene in which two Amazons argue about helping their Amazon brothers….
Hold it right there!
Can you say oxymoron? Emphasis on the moron.
And there’s a lot of complaining – uh, bitching – on her part.
“…how will you ever grow stronger if you need us every waking moment?” she grumpily says as she rescues some human civilians.
And she bitches while waiting for Clark to finish writing up an article, “Why does
this take so long? Do you need to learn more words? And why are you using this ancient relic of your laptop?”
And she bitches when Clark gives up the fourth taxi to someone else during a rainstorm even though it means they will be late to the theater, never mind that they are both soaked to the bone.
Because, you know, Clark is such a “super” gentleman, while Diana is an Amazon bitch.
Although there is no such scene, something tells me that this Diana certainly lets Clark have it when he leaves the toilet seat up.
Bitch, bitch, moan, moan.
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“Remember…the Force will be with you, always.” – Obi-wan Kenobi
Have you seen the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It’s only 88 seconds long, but that was all it took for me to swoon and drool like Pavlov’s dog in anticipation of a return to that galaxy so far, far away.
13 months to go?