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Before I start ranting, I’ll just jump into some awesome. Here’s a preview of tonight’s episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
How did I become a Wonder Woman fan? It boils down to the fact that she’s my wife Sarah’s favorite comic book character. Sarah’s not a huge comic nut like I am, but in my attempts to get her more interested in my hobby, I chased down back issues of Wonder Woman. And what I learned is that she is awesome, through and through.
One of the oldest traditions in superhero comics is that the good guys don’t kill. There are exceptions out there, such as Wolverine, who is currently leading a child-killing death-squad in X-Force (okay, they only killed one child so far, and the repercussions are being handled pretty well) or the Punisher, whose body count is somewhere in the thousands. But in general, superheroes haven’t killed since the Silver Age or even before. But the question is, why? Certainly some villains (*cough*Joker*cough*) deserve their necks snapped. Why is it that these guys who dress up in pajamas and pursue vigilante justice don’t do what sometimes needs to be done?
In an attempt to answer that question, or at least look at how the code against killing developed, here’s a look at some of the more iconic superheroes and why they don’t kill.
So, where have I been the last few days? Just about everywhere, it seems.
It’s President’s Day weekend, which means I get to spend some time reflecting on the badasses that helped make the United States a world power while enjoying a three-day weekend. With all due respect to Washington, Lincoln, and company, it’s the latter that I enjoyed more, since it gave me a chance to see lots of family, including some awesome folks I haven’t seen in years. I got to see my two older sisters and my four nieces, all in celebration of the fact that I will soon have a third grand-niece (great-niece? what do you call second-generation nieces anyway?). My sisters have barely aged a bit since I saw them last, and my nieces have grown into intelligent, beautiful ladies. I met my youngest niece for the first time and had a ball with her as well, although my habit of overdoing it around kids will one day cause me great pain to my back and knees.
Following my niece’s baby shower, I got to hop up the road a few hours and spend some time with my mom and my brother, who I see more often but still not enough. My family as a whole is all kinds of awesome, and it’s good to be able to see almost all of them in one big weekend.
Returning home, I got to be with a hungry and grateful kitty and got some fuel for future entries in my Rants and Role-Playing Games sections, as my recent purchase at Barnes & Noble finally came in. My new books include Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon (previously mentioned in my Wonder Woman rant) and Pathfinder Chronicles: Misfit Monsters Redeemed. That means that you can probably expect me to do a “Crowning Moments of Awesome” piece of Wonder Woman sometime in the future, and I might wind up incorporating flumphs or disenchanters in a future Pathfinder update.
So, huzzah! I have endured many hours of traveling, shared much joy with my family, and returned victorious! Normal updates will resume beginning tomorrow.
Through the 1980s, Wonder Woman changed a lot due largely to editorial laziness and inconsistent writing. People just couldn’t be bothered to try and keep her consistent from one issue to another up until Perez’s post-Crisis reboot. Going into the 90s, though, Wonder Woman changed even more, not due (entirely) to creator laziness but rather due to attempts to repeatedly market her or reinvent her for a changing crowd.
“Go in peace my daughter. And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.”
Okay, here we go. I’ve done my research and taken the psychotropic drugs necessary for me to understand Wonder Woman’s history.
Wonder Woman has changed a lot in both powers and looks in her 70 years of existence. Even today, in an era where creators try to keep continuity more or less consistent, she changes radically from writer to writer. So let’s look at the greatest of the female superheroes, her origins, and the changes she’s been through over the years.
The iconic DC Comics superheroine, Wonder Woman is a lot like Superman, except that as one of the legendary Greek amazons, she has no compunctions about flipping out and killing people if necessary. She’s also way more into bondage than her cape-wearing male counterpart. Samus Aran is somebody who I’ve used before, but her original fight with Iron Man somehow fell of the page months ago and has never returned. It’s a pair of warrior women going at it. I’ll try to bite my tongue and avoid lesbian mud-fighting jokes, but no promises.
Unlike most music videos I do based on TV series, this video takes clips from only one episode of Justice League Unlimited: “For the Man Who Has Everything,” which is an adaptation of an Alan Moore comic. The song here is “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, which adds a bit of painful irony to the situation, since the wonderful world the characters experience is really nothing but a dream.
This video combined Three Doors Down’s “Kryptonite” with Cartoon Network’s Justice League cartoon (first two seasons, before it became Justice League Unlimited). Unfortunately, because I didn’t have all the clips I needed, there is no actual kryptonite in the video. Ah well.
I also wound up putting the opening title card on a second time at the end instead of the usual ending title card, which I guess works out now that the Screamsheet is moving on over to WordPress and all.
You’ll have to download the video by clicking the image above, as this video again falls into YouTube’s frustratingly inconsistent policing policies. The song is available in many forms on YouTube, including in music videos, and the episodes featured here can be found in full over on YouTube. Someday, I’m sure somebody will explain to me the fine details of their policies. I just hope the explanation doesn’t involve blind lobotomized monkeys like I think it does.