Brian Azzarello writes about old and new gods and demigods in Wonder Woman at DC comics: The current story sees Wonder Woman fighting against the plans of Apollo and Hermes as she tries to find lost members of her family.
Wonder Woman #14
in Greek Mythology, Zeus had a reputation for being unfaithful to his wife Hera. As a result of his infidelity, demigod children with unusual talents would appear in the ancient world. Azzarello extends this idea to the the twentieth centuary – children born with unusual talents after 1901. We know Wonder Woman is one of those children. Lennox, a man with skin as hard as stone, was revealed as another child of Zeus. In Wonder Woman #13, Siracca appeared – a new sister for Wonder Woman – who can control the winds, and is perfectly at home in the harsh dessert.
Also a part of Greek Mythology was Hera’s notorious desire for vengeance – both on the woman Zeus romanced and their children. While this issue is violent – Siracca and Wonder Woman clash, with hundreds of scimitars, axes, and various weapons flying around a room – Wonder Woman and Siracca find a common bond as victims of Hera’s wrath, and daughters of Zeus. They have a brief moment to get to know each other before Wonder Woman’s quest continues, and in that moment, they connect as a family.
Considering all the violence Wonder Woman has been through with her various immortal uncles, aunts (and step mother), this is a a great scene to read. The art here is clever, and feels like a fairy tale: Siracca drifts gracefully in the air, saying “I am the wind”. Jarred K. Fletcher’s lettering in this page is extraordinary.
Several other plot threads woven into this story are welcome, and are building a strong, miniature universe for Wonder Woman within the wider DC universe. Some of the ideas here have the sound of myths and legends to them: Zeus and Hera’s firstborn son arrives on Earth’s surface after digging upward from the molten core for 7,000 years, ready to usurp Apollo, who has recently taken control of Mount Olympus. Ares tells Apollo how little he thinks of his new Olympus, and makes a dramatic exit. Dionysus, the god of wine and parties, is tasked with following him.
And meanwhile – on a distant star – two gods from a separate pantheon, far removed from human affairs, believe they have found the place where the end of the world will begin. Fans of Jack Kirby’s New Gods would definitely enjoy this issue. It’s clear that these plot threads are the start of new directions for Wonder Woman next year.