Q:Superman/Wonder Woman shippers are the worse. They support sexism. Only your stupid ship would have a tee shirt having Superman saying he scores . He is not a playboy and Wonder Woman is not some prize.
True Superman is not a playboy.
True Wonder Woman is not a prize.
False Superman/Wonder Woman shippers are the worse or support sexism.
Now is you are referring to a tee that a certain blog is trying currently to suggest that it is a reason why Superman and Wonder Woman is a bad idea…we would say…well once again, selective bias and unfortunate spreading of hate of sm/ww fans (again) and a skewering of information as usual.
DC gives licences to many companies to create products for the market. DC themselves do not go and look over every one’s shoulder to see what they are printing on t-shirts. There are many types of t-shirts. Many are a commentary on pop culture or use the images of the heroes to create a statement or use popular slang etc. It can be humorous or controversial depending on you pov. Some people might like it, some might not. It is your choice to vote with your wallet.
So if the Score tee annoys a person, do not buy it. But do not try to make us feel guilty about a tee shirt that is one of many tees out there for years now that uses the same concepts with Superman and even Lois. As well as many tongue in cheek ones that portray Superman as having a bit of a swagger or being a player. But seems some people only see what they want to see. We know there is a difference in what is on an article of clothing for the general public (many who don’t even care to read comics but they just buy stuff for fun) and what is in comics.
This is another attempt to try to discredit DC and Superman/Wonder Woman fans because of a t-shirt that does not accurately reflect the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship. This coupling, as anyone who follows this blog know, inspires. It inspires individuals to be creative; couples to support and show their love for each other; marriage and party ideas; charity, fitness, health, and the list goes on and on. The comics have been well received by those with no shipping agenda and the Power Couple Vol 1 has been getting solid reviews.
So no, our ship is not stupid nor the fans the worse.
We are all fans and support comics and that is superwonderful.
Superman/Wonder Woman Power Couple Vol 1 Review
by Etienne Paul
Ok, ok, ok, I give in. DC I apologise for all the bad things I have said about you and your comics; yes they were stereotypes and clearly they are no longer true, or perhaps never were. I do still however have an intense hatred for what I refer to as ‘super’ super heroes, those ones that make the other characters irrelevant by being stronger, faster and more powerful in every way. I compare it to a soldier surrounded by babies; you could add another 100 babies and it won’t help him in any way other than a bit of ablative armour at shin height. You put any number of ‘street level’ heroes around Superman and all they do is get in his way, or give him something to save*. It takes a writing genius to work them into a team and have everyone still feel useful or relevant, or you simply do it better by ensuring everyone around them is just as powerful and their villains equally so.
Charles Soule gets this absolutely spot on and he is rapidly becoming one of my favourite writers, taking subjects that I am less interested in and making them into classics. This has jumped from being just another DC title that I ignore into a book I will have to not only continue to read, but also back track and get the ones I have missed (these trades always come out after a fair few issues have past after them from the big companies). I cannot think of a book currently in print that encapsulates what I like in comics more thoroughly than this. Recently my favourite has been ‘Thor God of Thunder’ because, as well as being an exceptional book, it too played to my preferences and this just eclipsed it.
Having bemoaned ‘super’ super heroes in my first paragraph, my statement that I liked Thor might sound rather hypocritical, but my reason for my moaning is not because of what they are, but how they are used. Characters like Thor, or in this case Kal-El and Diana, should be used against other similarly powerful villains and not wasted fighting mobsters, nor should they be relegated to ‘baby sitting’ loved ones put in harms way. That leads to sloppy comics where rather than going after the hero, you attack this loved ones because only they are vulnerable. I am sure it was once clever and new, but now it is simply a gigantic cliche and it only leads to more girl friends in refrigerators.
This comic (and I gather the New 52 in general) have solved most of these problems at a stroke. Gone is Superman and his helpless love interest and general liability, Lois, and enter Wonder Woman, Greek goddess and in every form his equal. Soule clearly thinks along the same lines to me because these thoughts are obliquely referenced in this book as Superman learns to stop trying to protect Diana and to trust her and lean upon her when needed. The entire comic really does feel like relationship counselling for people with bigger problems than your average couple.
What also attracts me to this book is the mythology. That goes for both main characters, but especially Diana. I love anything relating to Ancient Greek or Roman gods and this book uses that to great effect. I never tire of seeing a different interpretation of the deities and this book gives me that by the cartload. It also provides me with my favourite moment as Superman confronts Apollo for besmirching his sister. A solar powered god only makes the mistake of supercharging a Kryptonian once and it is a good job he is immortal and can actually learn from his mistake.
So, this book gives me characters that I previously hated because they were misused, puts them up against villains who can genuinely hurt them, explores their backgrounds in new depths; can this get any better? Well yes, it can, because the book is jaw-droppingly beautiful. This is the closet I have seen to cover art throughout the entire book. It is one of the common complaints I hear when people are suckered in by a stunning cover to find interior art that is nothing like it at all. This book is crisp, cleans, immaculate and it starts on the front cover and ends with the last page without so much as a line out of place. I would continue to pick this book up for the art alone it is just that darn pretty.
There is not much more I can say about this book. It has taken a life long dislike of DC comics and turned it a full 180; it is the best looking book I have seen, definitely this year, possible ever and it makes two overpowered characters so weighed down with history and so iconic that their names are used generically and makes them new and exciting. If I was giving it a rating out of ten I would need to borrow from Spinal Tap so I could make it one better.
Even after the events of “Our Worlds at War” and their terrible consequences, Lois still resented the fact Superman chose to rescue Wonder Woman, a vital member against the menace a vast number of Planets were facing, over her dad, who was…well, her dad. Never mind his decision was made in the midst of battle and he had a split second to decide. She eventually forgave him.
On the other hand, Diana, whose sister was murdered by Robot Superman, a doppelganger who appeared after the dead of the Man of Steel, never even thought on making Clark responsible for Donna’s demise or blame him for not rescuing her. She never even consider there was something to forgive.
Nor did Martha Kent for not being on time to save his father, the love of her life, even though he was killed to hurt the Kryptonian.
Different reactions from the women in Superman’s life towards him, in the face of unspeakable lost.
Neal Adams is amazing.
Frank Miller’s “the Dark Knight Returns” changed DC comics, and comics in general for that matter. Frank Miller has repeatedly stated that his take on an older, angrier Bruce Wayne was very much so based on the Batman characterization that was established in Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams seminal tenure as the creative team on the World’s Greatest Detective.And if you can’t see a connection between this artwork and the work of just about everyone that came into the business having grown up on Neal Adams comics, then… Well, keep looking.
Dennis O’Neil wrote Batman in the same way that Chris Claremont wrote the X-Men. It went on for decades, and mostly it was great in the beginning, pretty good in the later years, and kinda lame at the end. Read the Neal Adams Batman Archives. Just… Just read them.
Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins were established as villains in this era. The Joker became genuinely evil instead of the mischief he got up to on the TV shown. “The Laughing Fish” is still one of the best Batman books out there.
That Splash page of the Vision and the Captain America is from Avengers # 93: right at the beginning of the Kree/Skrull War. Neal Adams is one of the most influential creators out there. He brought realism and action movies to comics.
Q:There’s only one woman for Superman, the real Wonder Woman, Lois Lane. Wonder Usurper is not her. I HATE Superman/Wonder Woman AKA FAUXMANCE It is the stupidest pair ever. It's only because they have the same powers. Warrior Woman only cares for Superman's powers. She doesn't care for his human side, Clark. It doesn't even make sense. It's just to satisfy dumb male fantasy to have Wonder Warrior as a sex object. I suggest you rethink what you are representing, sexism at it's finest!
Rethink what I am representing? Anon, bullying, lying, misrepresenting and insulting others seems to be the modus operandi of whatever you’re standing for. I don’t see you fighting for female equality. All I see is bitterness, hypocrisy, and vitriol because people dare to like a fictional pairing different to you and trying to hijack our blog post to rant over our enjoyment says more about you than us. And I personally don’t appreciate you telling me what to spend my hard earn money on nor telling me how to think. I think you’re really very rude and all you seem to do is regurgitate words and incomprehensible accusations coined by a group of angry Clois shippers that frankly makes no sense to anyone who is informed/educated about female empowerment.
Once again, I feel the need to repost this for all the Lois worshipers who parrot this line of nonsense:
1. Your girl, in the Golden Age, went out of her way to screw Clark over in ways ranging from trying to get him fired to trying to drug him.
2. Your girl, in the Max Fleischer cartoons, was fond of screwing him out of assignments as often as possible.
3. Your girl, in the Kirk Alyn serials, went so far as to GET HIM FALSELY ARRESTED in order to screw him out of assignments.
4. Your girl, in Richard Donner’s version of Superman II, tried to expose him in front of the entire Daily Planet staff (no regard for his feelings or for the safety of her co-workers) and manipulated him into exposing himself by threatening his life.
5. Your girl, in the theatrical version of Superman II, openly admitted that she was too selfish and jealous to accept his life as Superman, guaranteeing they had no future together.
6. Your girl, in the Iron Age comics:
- happily exposed Perry White’s son as being mixed up with Intergang despite being warned about the public humiliation Perry would suffer, bragged about getting a Pulitzer for it, and lectured an understandably upset Perry about journalistic integrity.
- engaged in a rebound romance with the ever-so-sleazy Jeb Friedman within seconds of Superman being entombed, only breaking it off when Superman conveniently resurfaced and ultimately carrying on a flirtation/heavily implied affair with Jeb even after Clark was back in the game. (Ron Frenz, who drew some of the issues in question, confirmed Lois and Jeb were hooking up when I met him at Motor City Comic Con some years back.)
- dumping Clark for being Superman, getting with Jeb, blaming Clark (in some stories, anyway) for Jeb’s “tragic” death and refusing to marry Clark because he was Superman. (They only reason you got the marriage at all was because DC broke their contract with Lois & Clark and WB put their foot down.)
- continued being emotionally abusive to Clark on and off during their marriage, to the point of homicidal, insane jealousy over not only Wonder Woman, but ALL of Clark’s female friends and peers, publicly humiliating Lana Lang over her divorce and accusing Clark of cheating with the women in the JLA when the Cir-El Supergirl showed up.
- tried to dump Clark following “Our Worlds at War” because he tried to help stop Imperiex from wiping out Themyscira instead of babysitting her Luthor-flunky dad, who faked his death and wound up doing even worse to Clark later on. Worst of all, she did so under the pretense of going on vacation with her mother and left Clark “Dear John” messages and wrote journal entries about how much she hated him for not leaving Wonder Woman and her people to die.
- flat-out admitted to the above in Jeph Loeb’s Dracula issue, where they were both forced to admit exactly how they felt about each other (self-righteous arrogance from Lois, unresolved pain from Clark).
- gave a co-worker at a TV gig all sorts of belligerence and bad attitude for the horrible act of…trying to shut off her cell phone so it wouldn’t interfere with an interview she was conducting.
- flat-out refused to accept evidence clearing Ray Palmer of Sue Dibny’s murder in the Trinity weekly series, bashing the forensic team as incompetents and vowing to pin the crime on Ray no matter what.
- was a total rampaging bitch in Superman Returns, being unspeakably rude to a flight attendant for no reason, mouthing off at Perry White when she couldn’t get her way, treating her nice-guy fiance like a cold fish, and casually endangering the life of her son with nary a second thought.
This is your idea of “the real Wonder Woman”? Someone who redefines the word selfish on a daily basis? Someone who even comic book historians will admit has been a hostile and divisive character from the moment of her inception? Someone who, quite frankly, is a glaring example of how NOT to write a female character? She’s not likable. She’ll sacrifice anything resembling integrity on a dime if she thinks she’ll benefit from it. She’s self-involved and petty to an insane degree. If you think these are admirable and desirable qualities, that says far more about you than it does about anyone who doesn’t think Lois is God’s gift to literature.
If it’s a “fauxmance” you want, Superman/Lois is the very definition of it. I don’t find emotional abuse, implied infidelity, arrogance, backstabbing, irrational jealousy, and outsized entitlement to be romantic in the least. I don’t buy it in other franchises, and I’m sure as hell not going to accept it here. My God, even DC doesn’t buy into the idea of Lois as Superman’s one and only; all the messing around with Jeb and the marital abuse that followed was DC’s (self-defeating) way of trying to get out of having them as a couple pre-DCNU, and even as late as 2006 Paul Levitz admitted they still wanted to get rid of the marriage. So who are you trying to kid?
Stop it with the “Superman and Wonder Woman are a fauxmance” shit. You have no leg to stand on.