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Part 1 of this storyline is here. The TL;DR version: Amnesia and bad continuity have left Wonder Woman unsure of her abilities, so she asked the JLA to monitor her next 12 missions to make sure she's still fit for duty. Now it's The Flash's turn to play peeping tom, in "The War-No-More Machine!"

Wonder Woman #213, 1974. Approx. 6 pages from a 20-page story.

The story begins with a thunderstorm in New York City...

A couple of days later, Diana meets with her U.N. boss Morgan Tracy, who gives her some bad(?) news.

Meanwhile, our old pal Marty Tragg has decided to hijack a plane and hold the passengers for ransom, to pay off his gambling debts. Things don't quite work out as planned.

Lucky for him, Wonder Woman is on the scene.

Realizing that she and Tragg both seem to be immune to the "peace epidemic", WW heads for Paradise Island to do some research. When she arrives, she sees the Amazons being attacked by a rampaging "rhinotaur"...like everyone else, her sisters are now too timid to fight back.

She finally manages to toss the beast into the ocean, where it calms down.

The Magic Sphere is a handy little deus ex machina from the Golden Age. With it, Diana finds out about the robot that shot the peace-rays all over the world, and learns that it was the combination of the electrical storm and the pain they were feeling that kept her, Angie Blake, and Marty Tragg from being affected.

Wonder Woman tries to get Angie and Marty to help her, but they refuse; Angie thinks the global cease-fire is a good thing, and Marty just doesn't give a crap about anyone. But Di is in no mood to argue.

That's right, not only is she forcing them against their will into a dangerous battle, she doesn't even let them ride inside the plane. Nice one, princess.

The robot grabs WW and buries her in the ground up to her neck. Flash wants to help her, but of course he's been pacified too. Just when all seems lost...

An inscription inside the robot reveals that it was built by an alien scientist who's planet had been decimated by nuclear war. He wanted to prevent the same thing from happening to other planets, but as Flash puts it, "The only true kind of lasting peace must come from the human race itself -- not a machine!" Stupid aliens, always trying to keep us from killing each other. Mind your own business, Klaatu!

Date: 2011-02-10 09:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Let me get this straight - stubbing your toe on a sidewalk causes enough pain to block out a worldwide signal? I mean, fine, there was some sort of electrical storm going on, but still - that's... that could have been done better.
And I kinda like the tripod-robot's design.

Date: 2011-02-10 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] saralakali
Picking up a splinter seemed to be enough for that Angie chick. I'd say that was on the same order of pain as a stubbed toe. Remember this iteration of WW didn't explicitly have invulnerability as one of her powers.

Date: 2011-02-10 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
A splinter in the finger I can buy, actually - those things can be PAINFUL. A stubbed toe, on the other hand, especially when she's wearing BOOTS - nah.
And I'm not sure if she's really invulnerable NOW, for that matter. She's damn tough, much tougher than your average person, and can take a beating like no one's business - but she's clearly not invulnerable, or she wouldn't bother with the whole bullets-and-bracelets routine.

Date: 2011-02-12 04:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] red_menace
She took an ICBM to the face at some point in the last couple years. If I recall, she less invulnerable than Supes, but there are degrees of vulnerability. Like: Stabbing and bullets>blunt force trauma. Or something like that.

Date: 2011-02-12 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Right - her skin can be penetrated, but it can stand up to a superhuman amount of pummeling.


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