Even gods can make mistakes. Wonder Woman was first created by William Moulton Marston and HG Peter in 1941 for All-Star Comics # 8. In an industry filled with derivative male peers, her mysterious origins, feminist angle and debatable risky use of bondage as armor or weapons made her an icon of her time – something she still is 80 years later.
During the 80s, Wonder Woman had ups and downs, and everything in between. Whether in the main cannon or in Elseworld tales, Diana has not always lived up to her legend.
9 Causes natural disasters
The Dark Knight strikes again by Frank Miller and colorist Lynn Varley from 2001 was a direct sequel to Miller’s classic The Dark Knight returns from 1986. Wonder Woman plays a disappointing role as a primary love interest for Superman. This is an unfortunate trend in comics, and especially in alternative reality stories, where Wonder Woman acts as a prize or a trophy for her male counterparts – especially for Superman.
In addition to being the driest and most vanilla-cut in the DC universe, their eventual intimacy is so intense that they create earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis. For such a boring couple, this is a price too high to pay.
8 Everything she does in Flashpoint
To the groundbreaking story of Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert from 2011, Flash point, they establish an alternate timeline that Barry Allen, also called Flash, must navigate to get home. In this world, Wonder Woman and Aquaman had an affair that ended with Wonder Woman killing Mera, his wife.
This leads to a total war between the Amazon and the Atlantic and results in a worldwide apocalypse. (Talk about bad breaks). Fortunately, Flash is able to undo the carnage, and while the new 52 that followed had its own issues, things are working out pretty well for Diana.
7 Everything she does in injustice
Injustice: Gods among us was released in 2013 by NetherRealm Studios. Since then, it has become one of, if not that most popular alternative reality stories in DC’s history. When Superman is tricked into killing his pregnant wife and son, he snaps and creates a neo-fascist state where freedom is sacrificed for security.
Although Superman may sound like the true villain, in both comics and video games, it is often shown that Wonder Woman is the true brain. She is constantly manipulating and pressuring her peers to go further to maintain peace. Her actions are the cause of several deaths that could have been avoided. As a result, she is one of the most evil incarnations of the character without her “being evil” the central conceit.
6 To be the secretary of the JSA
In 1940, Gardner Fox and Sheldon Mayer made one of the most influential decisions in the DC universe and comics in general. By taking several of their most famous characters like Green Lantern, Flash and Diana herself, they put them together in the Justice Society of America.
As a god-like Amazon warrior, Wonder Woman should have been an absolute powerhouse and a permanent member of the group. In fact, she spends much of her time serving as secretary of the JSA’s “boy’s club.” What adds extra insult to injury is that Johnny Thunder, a literal kid, gets to do more for the team than Diana ever does.
5 Body Shaming Etta Candy
Etta Candy is possibly one of the worst members of Wonder Woman’s supporting role. While she has undergone several updates over the years, her original purpose as a misogynistic and fat-phobic joke is hard to overcome. In Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman: Earth One, Diana arrives in the human world and is shocked by the state of things. Women dying of old age instead of being immortal like her sisters, widespread sexism and divisive hatred, and apparently most shocking to her, fat women.
Treating Etta Candy as yet another horror from the outside is completely out of character for a champion of femininity and freedom, but Grant Morrison also frames Etta as a selfish and food-obsessed hedonist without caring for others.
4 To lose his powers
The late great comic book legend, Dennis O’Neil, is famous for bringing a socially conscious turn to an industry (and decade) that desperately needs icons and heroes who truly fought for them. His work on the Green Lantern / Green Arrow is without a doubt one of the most important moments of the 20th century for DC, especially in terms of owning up to decades of separation and erasure in its books.
When O’Neil took over Diana’s series in 1968, it was time for a major change in the then 30-year-old hero. But what was done got a ton of backlash. By removing Diana’s powers and making her subordinate to several male characters during her maternal era, it was considered the destruction of her character and her inherent strength and femininity. Denny would later go on to apologize profusely for this move, admitting it was a mistake in a genuine attempt to push the character towards new fans.
3 Becoming A Thrall Of Darkseid
Anti-Life justifies the hatred that many readers have for Grant Morrison’s metatextual cosmic event and the end of the crisis trilogy known as the Final Crisis. In this story, Darkseid, the dark god of the Apocalypse, gets his lifelong obsession: Anti-Life Equation.
Using the mathematical proof that life is meaningless and one must submit to Darkseid, he conquers the world and uses Wonder Woman as the primary hunter in his new Female Furies. Unable to resist his demands, Diana spreads chaos and death across the Earth until Barry Allen tricks the black racer into killing Darkseid, and Superman makes a wish on his wish fulfillment machine.
2 Loses to Artemis
The 1990s was an era filled with DC Comics’ desperate attempt to shake up the status quo for its stable of characters. For example, the killing of Superman, the demolition of Batman and the downfall of the Green Lantern.
Since it’s Diana’s turn to be killed, her mother Hypolata makes a contest between her daughter and Artemis for the title and costume as Wonder Woman. With Artemis as the new spirit of truth, Diana resorts to fighting street crime in what may be her worst outfit in the history of bad Wonder Woman clothing. Once death for Wonder Woman comes, it’s Artemis and not Diana who gets the fatal blow and dies in an awkward sexualized death scene.
Wonder Woman and the morality of the DC Trinity is put to the test in Wonder Woman # 219 by Greg Rucka and Rags Morales as Maxwell Lord, Justice League ally and friend is revealed to be behind the OMAC attacks, having mind-controlled Superman to attack Batman and Diana. When the Lasso of Truth forces him to be honest, he admits that the only way to stop him is to kill him. Wonder Woman breaks his neck, which is broadcast all over the world, further dividing herself and her peers. Whether her Lasso makes the victim say what they think is true or the actual truth is something comic book writers constantly disagree on. Diana’s actions here, however, set the DC universe up Endless crisis not long after.
1 Amazons attack!
After Endless crisisWonder Woman faces its biggest failure in the critically panned, Amazons attack !. Will Pfeifer and Pete Woods change the ongoing stories in Diana’s own books with an invasion of Themyscira. The stoic Amazons murder innocent children and commit terrorist acts in the United States, and Diana is unable to stop the tragedy in any meaningful way as she and all the heroes are fooled by the goodness of the Apocalypse’s own grandmother. It’s easily the worst Wonder Woman event in DC release history that adds nothing meaningful to the character while she murders her supporting role.
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