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Wonder Woman #9 - The Dearly Beloved

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As she walks down the isle to marry Hades, we ask ourselves whether this is really the way Diana would act?

The Good

Who ever thought they would see Wonder Woman in a wedding gown, walking down the isle to meet Hades, no less? Not to mention, willingly. Of all the qualities that Azzarello captures, Diana's honor is probably the best executed in this series. She made an oath to save and protect Zola, and she does. Even if it means walking down the isle and lying to Hades, confessing her love to him.

I say honor because she stands by her promise to Zola, doing whatever it takes and sacrificing her pride in order to protect her. But she does it dishonestly. Would Diana lie? Would she put her sword down? She is a warrior after all; deception and cunning aren't attributes I am used to seeing as part of her nature -- particularly not if it means winning a war; and she is at war with Hades.

Whether it is in character for her to act this way; it's certain that her portrayal here is entertaining. The story is good. The writing is interesting, even if it is different, and even if this isn't the Wonder Woman that we are used to.

Finally, can you really deceive the crown prince of death? And if you do, and he finds out; you might have even bigger problems on your hands.

Tony Atkins does a phenomenal job in this issue taking over for Cliff Chiang; and I did find it funny that Atkins used Azzarello's likeness for the God of War we see at the beginning of the issue -- particularly since some of the dialogue seems to match Azzarello's demeanor perfectly. Atkins' artistic style and Matthew Wilson's colors will not take away from the story when it's collected; the artistic style is similar enough to Chiang's that it won't matter. Atkins does a great job capturing the expressions of these characters and the excitement of the story. His pencis compliment the writing perfectly.

The Bad

The only question I really had about this issue was whether or not the events here are out of character for Diana. Yet, does it matter? Often we see Diana put her cunning and smarts to the side and instead focus on defending her cause in a physical battle of brute force. That's not to say she is unintelligent, it's just that I've never her seen her so deceptive before in all of her past appearances. Is this a bad thing, though? Is it bad to have these changes made to Diana's character? Would she lie? The lie and deception is (in itself) a contradiction to her honor. Is this something she would do in order to beat Hades? Then again, is it for me to judge? If it's a good story should it matter that it feels as though the character has greatly deviated from the way we're used to seeing her act?

The Verdict

This is a great issue, and it has been a consistently great series. Yet; this is not the Wonder Woman we knew and grew up with. This one seems to have many levels to her character, and things are not as black and white as we are used to. So is this a good thing? At this point, it's hard to change. Is the essence of Wonder Woman's book even still the same? Is she still even the same character? Get rid of the costume, and can we really call this a Wonder Woman series? Then again, it's such a great story, so should that really matter? Should continuity really factor into the equation? That's the biggest conflict I had with this issue and with this series as it moves forward.

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Considering what gets a 5 star rating on this site, I think Wonder Woman #9 deserves 5 stars. Or 4.5 stars, 1/2 star is removed for some of the shoddy art this issue. This azzarello Wonder Woman story is AT LEAST on par with Snyder's Batman. People grade Batman too kindly because Batman is their favorite character. Azzarello has done something far more difficult than what Snyder has done : Azzarello has turned Wonder Woman into a comic book worth buying - that's really saying something.

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@Batwipe: Agreed. This book is rich. Really glad I started picking it up after the reboot, haven't regretted a single issue.

To me, Wonder Woman is the relaunch done right. I wasn't a WW fan before the relaunch, and now it's one of the books I look forward to getting the most. If you aren't reading it, you really should be.

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This is a more interesting take on Wonder Woman that more viewers can gravitate too and in a way make Diana into a stronger character. Despite some changes, this is still Wonder Woman.

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I'm ok with this deviation from her character. Continuity has never really been as important to me as telling a great story. My hope would be that deception would not become a permanent part of her character though... because we really wouldn't be reading WW anymore.

I'm on the 'lets see where we go from here' bandwagon, so far this may not be the Wonder Woman I grew up with, but I still love her and I'm having fun and that's what it's all about. (like the hokey pokey)

Thanks for the review, Sara.

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@Batwipe said:

Considering what gets a 5 star rating on this site, I think Wonder Woman #9 deserves 5 stars. Or 4.5 stars, 1/2 star is removed for some of the shoddy art this issue. This azzarello Wonder Woman story is AT LEAST on par with Snyder's Batman. People grade Batman too kindly because Batman is their favorite character. Azzarello has done something far more difficult than what Snyder has done : Azzarello has turned Wonder Woman into a comic book worth buying - that's really saying something.

We don't give half star ratings, but perhaps you would like to check out my other reviews of Wonder Woman? I've ( for the most part) given this series 5 stars. It's one of my personal favorites.

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People have got to stop complaining about how wonder Woman has changed here. There was a great article on this site not too long ago about how fans don't like Wonder Woman to change her costume where it was suggested that besides her gender and costume, she's basically a greek Superman with nothing to really define her besides that, and it hit the nail right on the head. So now she's actually getting her own place in the DCU instead of being just a pretty, popular face who occasionally name drops a few deities. Good. Wonder Woman is nothing like any of the other titles DC is putting out, that alone makes this reboot a success.

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@CircularLogic said:

People have got to stop complaining about how wonder Woman has changed here. There was a great article on this site not too long ago about how fans don't like Wonder Woman to change her costume where it was suggested that besides her gender and costume, she's basically a greek Superman with nothing to really define her besides that, and it hit the nail right on the head. So now she's actually getting her own place in the DCU instead of being just a pretty, popular face who occasionally name drops a few deities. Good. Wonder Woman is nothing like any of the other titles DC is putting out, that alone makes this reboot a success.

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@B'Town: I believe that this how deception angle is only used for this situation. Then again maybe she is not being deceiving, maybe she is under the clutches of Hades somehow. We will have to find out next issue.

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Diana had lied a lot before in JLA: League of One, which is, curiously, one of her best stories

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@CircularLogic said:

People have got to stop complaining about how wonder Woman has changed here. There was a great article on this site not too long ago about how fans don't like Wonder Woman to change her costume where it was suggested that besides her gender and costume, she's basically a greek Superman with nothing to really define her besides that, and it hit the nail right on the head. So now she's actually getting her own place in the DCU instead of being just a pretty, popular face who occasionally name drops a few deities. Good. Wonder Woman is nothing like any of the other titles DC is putting out, that alone makes this reboot a success.

Comments are intended for people to express opinions, whether it be a complaint or a yay.

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@B'Town: I believe that this how deception angle is only used for this situation. Then again maybe she is not being deceiving, maybe she is under the clutches of Hades somehow. We will have to find out next issue.

I'm excited to see where we will go from here. :D

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I love how this story has been going. This is not a superhero book right now which I'm loving. So Chiang and Akins are taking turns drawing. I love Chiang more but can't complain since Akins did another solid job.

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So am I the only person so far who thinks Wonder Woman is acting this way because she got shot in the heart with Eros' gun?

I don't think this is a character change just magic.

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If it's a good story should it matter that it feels as though the character has greatly deviated from the way we're used to seeing her act?

The eternal question remains: what makes a comic book story good? If the writer messes the characterization and misses the point of the entire concept, it is still a good story?

For me, a good story is when the writer manages to keep what came before him and use it to his advantage. That is why I love Morrison and Snyder so much. Not only do they not need to destroy everything to write their stories, they actually make a strength out of continuity and never need to "reinvent" anything, instead capturing the essence of what made those characters and concepts great in their eyes.

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I actually like the Azzarello WW.I don't buy the issues but I read them every chance I get

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@Maybeland said:

So am I the only person so far who thinks Wonder Woman is acting this way because she got shot in the heart with Eros' gun?

I don't think this is a character change just magic.

No, you're not the only one. It's weird that it seems almost no one has made the connection that those golden guns are the modern day stand-in for Eros' (Cupid's) bow and arrows. It's simple, folks: you get shot by those, you fall in love. Or didn't anyone notice the hearts in the muzzle flashes, on the cover of Wonder Woman #8?

Now the question is: who did Diana fall in love with? Tradition says you get shot by Cupid's arrow, and you fall in Iove with the first person you see. I honestly don't recall what the mythology says though - is it the first person you see, or whoever the shooter intends you to fall in love with?

If it's who the shooter intends you to fall in love with, then Diana is in love with Hades. If it's the first person she sees, then she's in love with Zola. Either way, she's bound to do some out of character things while under the influence of that bullet.

The next question is: how long does that bullet's influence last?

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Another enjoyable issue..

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Will only point out Chiang also drew War as Azzarello...he just doesnt draw Strife as skeletal

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I think that Wonder Woman is slightly different. I believe the review made it up to be that the character herself is drastically different. I think Diana would act that way to save someone she has sworn to protect. I think it's been well stated that her main goal is the protection of Zola. That is why she risked her life to save her. I think that her playing along with it would make her a much stronger character being able to resist the guns just to complete her mission. Plus, she still showed plenty of compassion in this issue and I think that is one of my favorite traits of the character. 

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Well I thought that the Hades is the Wonder Woman's uncle, how can he marry his niece, now this stuffs are confusing but also interesting.

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@CircularLogic said:

People have got to stop complaining about how wonder Woman has changed here. There was a great article on this site not too long ago about how fans don't like Wonder Woman to change her costume where it was suggested that besides her gender and costume, she's basically a greek Superman with nothing to really define her besides that, and it hit the nail right on the head. So now she's actually getting her own place in the DCU instead of being just a pretty, popular face who occasionally name drops a few deities. Good. Wonder Woman is nothing like any of the other titles DC is putting out, that alone makes this reboot a success.

THIS! I've never really been into Wonder Woman and I'd only read a few select WW stories before the reboot, but the New 52 gave me a perfect jumping on point and now WW is one of my favorite books that DC is putting out. I might even say that I enjoy it as much, if not more than, Batman, Aquaman, Flash, and Green Lantern (which is saying a lot because Hal is my favorite character).

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Art aside, I really enjoyed this issue. I'm getting really close to putting Azzarello on the list of my favorite writers.

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@Zeeguy91 said:

@CircularLogic said:

People have got to stop complaining about how wonder Woman has changed here. There was a great article on this site not too long ago about how fans don't like Wonder Woman to change her costume where it was suggested that besides her gender and costume, she's basically a greek Superman with nothing to really define her besides that, and it hit the nail right on the head. So now she's actually getting her own place in the DCU instead of being just a pretty, popular face who occasionally name drops a few deities. Good. Wonder Woman is nothing like any of the other titles DC is putting out, that alone makes this reboot a success.

THIS! I've never really been into Wonder Woman and I'd only read a few select WW stories before the reboot, but the New 52 gave me a perfect jumping on point and now WW is one of my favorite books that DC is putting out. I might even say that I enjoy it as much, if not more than, Batman, Aquaman, Flash, and Green Lantern (which is saying a lot because Hal is my favorite character).

This!!!

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@btmt: In mythology, Zeus marries his sister, Hera. I don't think incest is much of a problem with the gods.

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I actually really dig Tony Adkins. I liked him a lot on Jack of Fables. Did anyone else think that War looked an awful lot like Brian Azzarello?

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@btmt said:

Well I thought that the Hades is the Wonder Woman's uncle, how can he marry his niece, now this stuffs are confusing but also interesting.

They're Greek Gods, Zeus has screwed just about every type of family relation there is, I'm sure none of them is going to make a big deal about this marriage; hell, Hera is Zeus's freaking sister.

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So am I the only person so far who thinks Wonder Woman is acting this way because she got shot in the heart with Eros' gun?

I don't think this is a character change just magic.

Yeah I thought that was obvious, and I'm baffled that Babs didn't bring that up once.

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@btmt said:

Well I thought that the Hades is the Wonder Woman's uncle, how can he marry his niece, now this stuffs are confusing but also interesting.

Persephone, Hades's wife in the mythology, is also Hades's niece (being the daughter of Zeus and Demeter - who are also each other's siblings).
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@btmt said:

Well I thought that the Hades is the Wonder Woman's uncle, how can he marry his niece, now this stuffs are confusing but also interesting.

Incest & Greek Mythology go together like spaghetti and meatballs, dude. Hell, check out August's cover for Wonder Woman. Diana and Apollo (brother of Ares, not the guy from Stormwatch) look pretty intimate in it.
 
Anyways, the fact that people are complaining about how WW has changed, despite there being a reboot, only emphasizes how half-assedly said reboot was implemented by DC. Regardless, I am enjoying this title a lot.
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@cbishop said:

@Maybeland said:

So am I the only person so far who thinks Wonder Woman is acting this way because she got shot in the heart with Eros' gun?

I don't think this is a character change just magic.

No, you're not the only one. It's weird that it seems almost no one has made the connection that those golden guns are the modern day stand-in for Eros' (Cupid's) bow and arrows. It's simple, folks: you get shot by those, you fall in love. Or didn't anyone notice the hearts in the muzzle flashes, on the cover of Wonder Woman #8?

Now the question is: who did Diana fall in love with? Tradition says you get shot by Cupid's arrow, and you fall in Iove with the first person you see. I honestly don't recall what the mythology says though - is it the first person you see, or whoever the shooter intends you to fall in love with?

If it's who the shooter intends you to fall in love with, then Diana is in love with Hades. If it's the first person she sees, then she's in love with Zola. Either way, she's bound to do some out of character things while under the influence of that bullet.

The next question is: how long does that bullet's influence last?

^ I was just about to write this....this is exactly my opinion. I think she's actually fallen in love with Hades, which would explain her slightly/ out of character behaviour. Think the mythology states that it is the first person you see (well, as far as I can remember it). But then she first saw Zola....... just have to see how it plays out.

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@jrock85 said:

Art aside, I really enjoyed this issue. I'm getting really close to putting Azzarello on the list of my favorite writers.

yay.
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mmmm boring. I haven't seen her fly, haven't seen her into a good fight, no action, amazons, donna, artemis, and so forth. I've always been a huge fan of wonder woman but now I'm about to quit this tittle, and going to keep reading this character in the justice league pages.

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@RedQueen said:

@cbishop said:

@Maybeland said:

So am I the only person so far who thinks Wonder Woman is acting this way because she got shot in the heart with Eros' gun?

I don't think this is a character change just magic.

No, you're not the only one. It's weird that it seems almost no one has made the connection that those golden guns are the modern day stand-in for Eros' (Cupid's) bow and arrows. It's simple, folks: you get shot by those, you fall in love. Or didn't anyone notice the hearts in the muzzle flashes, on the cover of Wonder Woman #8?

Now the question is: who did Diana fall in love with? Tradition says you get shot by Cupid's arrow, and you fall in Iove with the first person you see. I honestly don't recall what the mythology says though - is it the first person you see, or whoever the shooter intends you to fall in love with?

If it's who the shooter intends you to fall in love with, then Diana is in love with Hades. If it's the first person she sees, then she's in love with Zola. Either way, she's bound to do some out of character things while under the influence of that bullet.

The next question is: how long does that bullet's influence last?

^ I was just about to write this....this is exactly my opinion. I think she's actually fallen in love with Hades, which would explain her slightly/ out of character behaviour. Think the mythology states that it is the first person you see (well, as far as I can remember it). But then she first saw Zola....... just have to see how it plays out.

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@RedQueen said:

^ I was just about to write this....this is exactly my opinion. I think she's actually fallen in love with Hades, which would explain her slightly/ out of character behaviour. Think the mythology states that it is the first person you see (well, as far as I can remember it). But then she first saw Zola....... just have to see how it plays out.

Just thought of something: they didn't show it, but it's possible that when Diana was shot and looked at her chest, she looked up at Hades before she fell, so looked at him before she looked at Zola - that would be kind of a cheat though. Also, I finally went back to the mythology books for Eros, and being able to cause people to fall in love (or out of love, depending on the arrow) was something that came out of the Renaissance, and it's not really specified if it's by Cupid's will, or according to who the target first sees. So the story could go either way, but I figure they'll go traditional, and say it's who she first laid eyes on - Zola, by on panel evidence.

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@StarKiller809 said:

I think that Wonder Woman is slightly different. I believe the review made it up to be that the character herself is drastically different. I think Diana would act that way to save someone she has sworn to protect. I think it's been well stated that her main goal is the protection of Zola. That is why she risked her life to save her. I think that her playing along with it would make her a much stronger character being able to resist the guns just to complete her mission. Plus, she still showed plenty of compassion in this issue and I think that is one of my favorite traits of the character.

I had been considering the possibility that as a daughter of Zeus, she might be able to resist Eros's bullet. It brought to mind an episode of Xena, where Aphrodite cursed Xena to not want to do anything except fish. While Xena followed her desire to fish, she also directed Gabrielle in stopping the badguys - saving the day, even though she was under a spell. And once she caught the fish, the spell was broken. It's possible this might go a similar way (although not as comedic). Will be interested to see what happens.

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I don't think Wonder Woman saw Hades first when she was shot... the first thing she looked at was her bracelet, so she would have seen a reflection of whoever was behind her... either Hermes or Zola.

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@Whitedog said:

I don't think Wonder Woman saw Hades first when she was shot... the first thing she looked at was her bracelet, so she would have seen a reflection of whoever was behind her... either Hermes or Zola.

I don't think she saw Hades either, but I was just trying to consider all the possibilities. A reflection in the bracelets would be necessary only if the writer wants to throw everyone off and say it was Hermes that Diana saw first. I'd bet on Zola though, and there's already on panel evidence that Zola was the first person she looked at. It doesn't really matter to me. I'm enjoying this title so much, I'm willing to just go along for the ride. :)

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@cbishop: Me too. Loving this book at the moment. Just like trying to guess things, part of the fun is seeing if you might be right.

I guess other possibility's are that her will is just too strong, or that the bullet has to be shot by Eros, or maybe as it was mentioned earlier in the issue that 'there is no place for love in hell', so maybe that's why they don't work.

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@Whitedog said:

@cbishop: Me too. Loving this book at the moment. Just like trying to guess things, part of the fun is seeing if you might be right.

I guess other possibility's are that her will is just too strong, or that the bullet has to be shot by Eros, or maybe as it was mentioned earlier in the issue that 'there is no place for love in hell', so maybe that's why they don't work.

Oooo, I actually missed the "no place" comment. That could be! Those are actually all good ideas. However, Diana's will being too strong to be affected by something that affects everyone is not really something I'd like to see revealed. On the other hand, I'd be okay with it not affecting her, because she's a daughter of Zeus (saying it doesn't work on anyone of Olympian descent). I like the "bullet has to be shot by Eros" idea, except that there then would have been no point in Hephaestus giving Diana the guns. Hephaestus is probably the one who made the guns, so he would have known if they weren't going to work for her. The "no place" comment should carry a lot of weight though. Good call. I'm even more excited to see what happens now.

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This issue was written in such a way as to make us believe, despite what Diana was actually saying, that she has a plan up her sleeve, a scheme to save herself from the wedded torment in store for her. If Diana is actually telling Hades the truth, that she is actually under the spell of Eros' guns and in love with Hades, then the cliffhanger at the end isn't really a cliffhanger. There is no risk in putting the lasso around her neck if she isn't trying to pull a fast one on Hades.

I believe that somehow Diana has avoided falling love with Hades. Perhaps this is because of the reason a lot of you have noted above, that she actually fell in love with someone other than Hades. Perhaps Azzarello has some other solution he's keeping under his hat. All I know is that this issue won't sit right with me if, as a few of you have suggested, that the spell of the guns worked as intended and that she is no more than a mind-controlled happy bride-to-be.

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So am I the only person so far who thinks Wonder Woman is acting this way because she got shot in the heart with Eros' gun?

I don't think this is a character change just magic.

No, you're not the only one. It's weird that it seems almost no one has made the connection that those golden guns are the modern day stand-in for Eros' (Cupid's) bow and arrows. It's simple, folks: you get shot by those, you fall in love. Or didn't anyone notice the hearts in the muzzle flashes, on the cover of Wonder Woman #8?

Now the question is: who did Diana fall in love with? Tradition says you get shot by Cupid's arrow, and you fall in Iove with the first person you see. I honestly don't recall what the mythology says though - is it the first person you see, or whoever the shooter intends you to fall in love with?

If it's who the shooter intends you to fall in love with, then Diana is in love with Hades. If it's the first person she sees, then she's in love with Zola. Either way, she's bound to do some out of character things while under the influence of that bullet.

The next question is: how long does that bullet's influence last?

^ I was just about to write this....this is exactly my opinion. I think she's actually fallen in love with Hades, which would explain her slightly/ out of character behaviour. Think the mythology states that it is the first person you see (well, as far as I can remember it). But then she first saw Zola....... just have to see how it plays out.

I think Wonder Woman is in love with Zola due to being shot by Ero's guns. I think she is marrying Hades to protect Zola. I mean if you are truly in love with someone wouldn't you do anything to protect them from harm? So I think she is just going to suck it up and hold up her end of the bargain in order to protect Zola. This is seriously the best comic DC has going right now. Its truly amazing and I love it. It's so original and the plot is so meticulously put together, its been awesome and just keeps getting better.

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I think Wonder Woman is in love with Zola due to being shot by Ero's guns. I think she is marrying Hades to protect Zola. I mean if you are truly in love with someone wouldn't you do anything to protect them from harm? So I think she is just going to suck it up and hold up her end of the bargain in order to protect Zola. This is seriously the best comic DC has going right now. Its truly amazing and I love it. It's so original and the plot is so meticulously put together, its been awesome and just keeps getting better.

Whether it's Zola or Hades should be apparent next issue, since the lasso will reveal whether she's lying to Hades or not ...unless New52 WW is immune to the lasso. If she's lying, then this story turns into WW fighting her way out of the underworld. If she's not, then...well, I'm not really sure how that would play out, but I'd be interested to read it.