Wonder Woman – Power of a girl

 

 

Wonder Woman as shown in Comic Books

Wonder Woman as shown in Comic Books

 

Don’t I wish! But first I have to get past the ‘little tomboy’ (not so little, as Daddy pointed out, *sigh*) phase. Actually I think the ‘growing into a woman’ phase is harder. Which is why I keep running back to the little tomboy phase even though I don’t quite fit into the cast I molted, what, 7 years ago. I’m kinda late, but as my friend said yesterday, I am making some progress.

 

 

So, Wonder Woman, another of comic book/animated series characters that I watch once in a while. Well, she was born to a race of Amazonians, and to the Queen Hippolyta. In her crib, she was blessed by a line of deities, to the effect that she was to be “beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, and swifter than Mercury.”

 

Her birth name is Princess Diana, but when she is sent out as an ambassador to the ‘man’s world’, she takes up the name Diana Prince. She is extraordinarily beautiful and is endowed with extraordinary strength and agility, which she uses to rescue ‘good’ people and fight super-villains and super-villainesses. However, in the Justice League, which she features as a regular character, she tells her super-friends on various occasions, ‘the only thing that can surpass super strength (or super physical beauty) is the power of the brain.

 

In spite of the super powers that she was endowed with as a child, Diana- Wonder Woman takes it upon herself to subject herself to intense training not only in learning how to control her powers but also to learn new skills, such as when she worked with a Chinese teacher, who trained her in martial arts.

 

She uses several weapons in combat, but her signature weapons are the Vambraces of the Aegis (bracelets that absorb the impact of incoming attacks, bullets, automatic weapons or energy blasts) and the Lasso of truth.

 

Diana-Wonder woman has experienced the vacillation of her relationship with her mother. While she deeply loves her mother, there are times when Diana’s principles of truth and Justice have clashed with her mother’s. Still, the two very strong woman have found ways to reconcile, and even be friends.

 

In the Final Crisis, Diana is brainwashed by the Anti-Life Equation and then grotesquely deformed by a virus. Still she finds a way to survive and protect the world from its enemies.

 

With regards to the character, various comments and critiques have been made, some against, some for. The one that kind sticks in the front of my head is that of William Moulton Marston, who invented the polygraph and developed the character, Wonder Woman.

 

Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

 

The comic book character has featured in various animated series, Wonder Woman, Superfriends, and Justice League of America. She almost made into two movies one meant for a 2008 release, and another for a 2009 release. Oh well, … I guess I’ll just look at the comic books once more. Oh and I don’t have the complete collection, courtesy of a cat called Sparkie, who eats my books. Used to, she says. Now she eats my clothes. 

So if anyone has copies, please holler. I will buy at a good rate.

P.S. For another perspective on this have a look at http://blurredproductions.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/not-such-a-wonder-now-that-ive-bound-you-with-your-magic-lasso/

© Juliet Maruru 2009 http://www.jmaruru.wordpress.com

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