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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 111

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we conclude a three-part look at three notable cool moments from the Wonder Woman graphic novel by Greg Rucka and JG Jones titled Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia

Enjoy!

When last we left our heroes, Batman just used the same Greek ritual of protection that a young woman had used to gain protection from Wonder Woman after committing four homicides (the woman feels that they were justifiable, because the men she killed had killed her sister – Batman might even agree with her, but he feels it is for the courts to decide – Wonder Woman is unsure what to do, as well).

The Greek Fates are hanging around, as well, as they told Wonder Woman where the woman ran off to, because they get a kick out of seeing human tragedy unfold, and what happens next is a regular Greek tragedy…

“The” moment, I think, has to either be when Wonder Woman and Batman realize that the woman is killing herself to unburden Wonder Woman or perhaps the very end, where we see how the tragedy has shaken Wonder Woman.

Anyhow, good stuff by Rucka. He would take over the Wonder Woman title soon after this graphic novel.

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Very dynamic, cinematic art and layout. I’m not too happy about this resolution though. Why on earth would Danielle find suicide more acceptable than surrendering herself to Batman? I guess i do not understand Hiketeia.

I think the essential thing left out of all three “moments” this week was the Three Fates. As I recall, the Hiketeia ritual was an absolute bind between servant and master (or mistress in this case). If Diana failed to protect Danielle, the Fates would drag Diana off to hell, or something. Danielle’s sacrifice was for Diana’s benefit, not because it was a better alternative than Batman.

Although I’m not sure why it took her death to release Diana, as opposed to just saying “I release you.” Not sure if I missed that part in the story.

Batman, as always, was right.

the coolest and saddest moment of the whole story. for wonder woman did not relize that even gods service has a price to pay and in this case thanks to the fates the girl decided to end things by making a sacrifice . that ended with wonder woman shaken to her core.

I haven’t read all of Hiketeia, but if I understand correctly who were are seeing here isn’t the Fates but the Erinyes, or Furies, who punish those who break oaths or violate the order of things. The whole book they are looming over Diana ready to punish her if she breaks here bond and here we see them take retribution against the girl. The Furies were especially known to drive their victims mad, and as such I think the girl suicides because she has been driven mad. Batman is looking for temporal justice, but ends up with a rather more divine sort.

Well, these moments haven’t made me want to buy the trade or anything. But that’s a good thing. I already have too much stuff to buy.

the art on this fucking crazy good!

this resolution seems like a cop-out though, it makes it so batman and wonder woman don’t have to come to their own resolutions and gives them an easy way to say ‘no harm no foul! lets just be buds again!’

I think these three posts show one of the problems with today’s comics. The moments ARE cool, but upon examination don’t make sense from a story and character perspective.

So let me be sure I understand-

Because of this invoked agreement, WW MUST be sure that no harm comes to Danielle or the Furies will take WW to Hell, or the Greek equivelant.

So at the moment that the woman jumps, she is harming herself, and goes crashing onto the rocks below. So WW FAILED! Except, that as presented, The Furies actively prevented her from going to Danielle’s aid, so does that mean it doesn’t count? Danielle’s release of WW comes AFTER she is mortally wounded. WW failed to protect her.

The ending is a cop out. The lead characters don’t resolve anything. And if Danielle goes insane because of viewing the Furies, it isn’t made clear. Batman’s involvement doesn’t really add to the drama, other than to provide the cool moments, but my Batman is smarter than this. Driven, yes, but not to the point of obsession and stupidity. He knows he can’t beat WW physically, so why not use his great intellect. Why not have him help WW figure a way out of this situation. Had I been the editor, I would have had Rucka rewrite this thing.

Better drama would have been to have Danielle shown to be driven insane by the viewing of the Furies, utter her release before she jumps, and still have WW, who is no longer bound by this agreement, still try to save her. Or Wonder Woman hold soff the Furies so Batman can save her. They could, I dunno, work together, or something.

Better Drama would be to replace Batman with a devout Christian Detective who is on the multiple murder case, and who doesn’t believe in WW’s gods or Furies. This would create more tension between the two leads, and make WW the sole star of the book.

At the end, when the cop sees the Furies, it drives him insane because he can’t reconcile what he sees with what he believes, and in the end Danielle is dead and the cop is out of his mind. WW can’t save either of them, even though her choices are designed to save them both. She acts heroically, but in the end loses, causing the same end point for her emotionally.

The cop could then later become part of her supporting cast, if wanted, showing her restoring his sanity, and helping him reconnect with his faith. This journey could also strengthen her faith after the events of this story.

I think Batman is only in this story to drive sales, and to have the cool momenmt of WW smacking him down.

So at the moment that the woman jumps, she is harming herself, and goes crashing onto the rocks below. So WW FAILED! Except, that as presented, The Furies actively prevented her from going to Danielle’s aid, so does that mean it doesn’t count? Danielle’s release of WW comes AFTER she is mortally wounded. WW failed to protect her.

I guess I am in the minority, but I really liked the pieces that were highlighted and want to read the whole thing. My guess is that Rucka sets up the decision Danielle makes and that the WW-Batman fight is a McGuffin to distract the reader. From the discussion here, it seems like it would work in context.

I’ve got no problem with how Batman was portrayed. Driven and obsessed can seem different in different contexts. To Superman, they may seem needlessly ruthless. To Robin, they may seem brilliant. This is a Wonder Woman story and Batman could very well come off as a bully from her perspective.

Is it just me, or does Danielle’s suicide seem like a convenient way for Rucka to get out of having either Batman or Wonder Woman win the ideological conflict in the story?

Not just you.

In Rucka’s defence, the Greeks did invent Deus Ex Machina.

You’re alive, Boatman?! I thought Dorkseid killed you in Final Crisis!

Too bad Diana didn’t have a rope or something she could’ve used to try and lasso Danielle.

Yeah, a copout of an ending. I like Rucka’s dialogue, but it’s his plotting that just doesn’t do anything for me.

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