Category: Wonder Woman
Last article published: 5 August 2023
This is the 105th post under this label
If you're just joining us, let me freely admit that I am aesthetically predisposed to disliking Tom King's writing. This has come from series upon series of what I feel are wrong-headed takes on characters I love (because we are apparently interested in all the same characters, which just adds insult to injury). I did not read his Adam Strange nor Heroes in Crisis, but the internet spammed with fans' ire at his systematic take downs of Strange and Wally West. Couldn't stomach more than one issue of his Supergirl series, finished Human Target but still think it was done with the wrong characters, really tried with Danger Street but quit half-way because it was too pretentious even for me, and the recent Joker story in Brave and the Bold was absolute pants. But being surprisingly committed to trying Dawn of DC titles, I'm still going to give Wonder Woman #
I've boiled his method down to three key problems all his series share. A fourth - ripping off a movie and injecting superheroes in it like square pegs in round holes - isn't present here. Or else it's too early to tell. The first is a writing tic I find abominable: Cursing.
Second on my list is the Hero Take-Down. To his credit, he's very complimentary to Wonder Woman herself. She's violent AF, which is not my preferred take (though by this point, DC has pretty much decided she's a warrior first and a peacemaker 35th), but there's a purity to her that many of the female characters in the book respond well to. This is less about her than about Sarge Steel.
Third, he always includes some kind of trite narration. In Human Target, it was hard-boiled noir and worked well. In Danger Street, it's this absolutely awful fairy tale being told by Fate's Helmet that really doesn't fit the narrative and is just so annoying. Here, the style is fine, but I found it quite frustrating anyway because he doesn't tell us until the very last panel WHO is narrating the issue. It doesn't seem to be anyone on-panel, and there's a LOT of it. Too much not to be told why we should care what this person thinks of these events or of our heroine. It's a huge writer misstep.
From now on, expect spoilers.
Now, I don't know that King is actually making these points on purpose - he might just be going through some movie's plot points, for all I know - but it's a political story, often a boring one (Diana doesn't appear until past the middle), so you can't blame me for dissecting its politics. It often seems like Men Bad, Women Good, while also making characters say it's wrong of Amazons to suggest (not that they have) that Men Bad, Women Good. If you're going to do such Hit me over the head Feminism, I'd rather a female writer did it. THAT would come from a place of righteous rage. I don't feel that here.
Verdict: Not for me. In other words, the usual Tom King pap.