Among DC Comics staple of wonderful comic book heroes is Wonder Woman. Perhaps a bit dated by today’s standards, Wonder Woman enjoys a vast history within the comic book world. Her origins and powers are well known. Being an Amazon woman she is super strong and agile, able to take down foes much larger than she. Like one of her partners in fighting crime, Superman, she is able to fly as well.
She has tons of weapons: the Lasso of Truth, with which she garners information from the bad guys, the invisible jet she flies around in, indestructible bracelets, and even a tiara she can throw at her enemies!
Created in the early 40’s, Wonder Woman has become a symbol for the recently liberated woman, a product of Women’s Suffrage. To say Wonder Woman is a strong female hero is a sever understatement. She can kick some serious butt! Her first origin story entailed her saving a US airman fighting in WWII when he crashed onto her home island. This makes sense for the character because we were fighting the Nazis at the time and the creators wanted her to be topical and popular.
This origin story later changed. During Comic’s Silver Age her origin was changed to include more mythological aspects to her character, which were very Greek by nature. She became known as Princess Diana (and this was in fact an alias) and still possessed great physical powers, but her Amazonian roots became something more, more heroic.
Later on in the 70’s she once again went back to her superhero roots and joined the Justice League of America. In what is known as the Modern Age, Wonder Woman’s more mythological origins were once more included in her bio. There were plenty of Greek deities that were responsible for her birthing and even aided her in her battles against evil.
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, her character became what we know of it today and this story has become a seminal event in DC comics, with cross-over from many of the most well known characters. She is known as an ambassador from another land and charged with bringing peace to the outside world. This is where Wonder Woman became an important piece of the Justice League puzzle and she in fact is one of the most important members, perhaps only behind Superman and Batman.
Wonder Woman is one of the more likable characters in the DC pantheon as well as being one of the most important. She transcends most hard boiled superheroes like the gritty Dark Knight Batman by being portrayed as more compassionate and friendly, even towards her enemies. Foes and friends alike come to know her as a sweet motherly character that is able to give love and even feel compassion for those in need of it. She will not discriminate against people arrayed against her to do battle.
But even understanding this, she will act in a violent, deadly manner when provoked if necessary, using her great strength against anyone stupid enough to mess with her. Sometimes she is shown to be somewhat naïve, given her otherworldly nature. She is not from normal society after all and this lack of social experience can sometimes interfere with her ability to interact with others, especially those up to no good. She is an honest, caring person and believes in the possibility that others will be the same. It is human nature to think other people are like we are and this human quality is a big part of her appeal.
It is human nature to think other people are like we are and this human quality is a big part of her appeal. Make no mistake, though, Wonder Woman can be fierce and determined when she needs to be and it is this depth that makes her so both likable and enduring for so many years.