Back at the old scans_daily I ran a series of posts titled "The lesbian moments of Wonder Woman", in which I listed the lesbian - or possibly lesbian - moments of the post-Crisis series, while wondering why the amazon couples were never allowed to do more than hold hands or peck on the cheek. Well, it seems we´re in for some good times now, as the current writer, Gail Simone, has featured plenty of lesbian amazons and shipperific moments in her recent run, and promises more to come in the near future. So let´s have a look at them, shall we?
What makes me ship Diana/Artemis is that to me, Artemis isn´t really the tough, manhating gal that she seems, she acts that way because she´s been raised all her life to see the world as an evil, merciless place and men as creatures to be hated and reviled, but deep down feels that it´s wrong, and Dianas way is right, and when Artemis is with Diana, she feels that things are going to be okay, and she feels good about herself. And to illustrate my point, an "awwww" moment between the two from "Secret Six", another of Gail Simones comics:
Later when Diana is stripped of her weapons and imprisoned on Themyscira, Artemis couldn´t be more furious to see her princess treated like that, if Hippolyta has Philippus to always be at her side and willing to die for her, then Diana has Artemis. The most shipperifc moment comes when, at the climax of this story, Artemis dives in to save Diana as she fights the Cottus underwater:
The main villain for the past few issues is/was an out lesbian, Alkyone had an amazon lover while she was the new queen of Themyscira, but killed her as part of her scheme. And that´s really all the space I´m willing to spend on her, while a good villain she hardly had the positive kind of relationship that I want to post here.
Philippus has had her moments too, when the amazons return to Themyscira, we get this reunion:
And when she escorts Hippolyta to visit an amazon who´s miraculously become pregnant, she makes sure her beloved queen is protected from the rain, it´s just a cute little detail.
I should add that it´s only on this page that Philippus bothers to cover herself as well, on the next two pages Hippolyta has the cape all to herself.
During a forum discussion of the gay characters in the current run, Gail Simone made the remark that we´d get a gay couple in the near future, but can´t say any more. So who will it be? Diana and Artemis finally getting their on-page kiss? Doubtful, as I´d be surprised if DC and Warner would out a major character like Wonder Woman (although, for the record, Gail Simone has stated that she thinks of Diana as bisexual), angry parents groups would have a field day. Hippolyta and Phillipus? Well, again, I don´t see it happening, as that would be outing the mother of a major character (Diana) as bisexual, again the parents groups would be up in arms. A new couple we have yet to meet? Possibly. We´ll just have to wait and see, hence why this post is titled "ongoing".