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...especially on scans_daily.

I'm actually a little surprised I'm the first to post this, but such is life.

In an interview with Comicosity, Greg Rucka confirmed that the Diana he and Nioola Scott are creating since Rebirth, is not 100% heterosexual!

And in other news bears do.... actually, no, this is important dammit, and deserves more respect that that.

I would strongly advise you to read the whole interview (actually, the whole article is interesting and does indicate some of the steps that DC has taken in terms of representation of late), but I think this is the bit to focus on for us;

Matt Santori-Griffith: I’m going to start off simple and to the point. The Wonder Woman that you and Nicola have introduced to us in “Year One” — is she queer?

Greg Rucka: How are we defining “queer?”

You’re applying a term specifically and talking to an ostensibly cis male (and white to boot), so “queer” to me may not be the same as it is to an out gay man. So, tell me what queer is.

MSG: Fair enough. For the purposes of this conversation, I would define “queer” as involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender. It’s not the full definition, but it’s the part I’m narrowing in on here.

GR: Then, yes.

I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, “Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!”

And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, “How can they not all be in same sex relationships?” Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.

It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.

But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.

Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.

And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism.

Have to say, I do like that he asked how they were defining queer in context, just to make certain!

The whole "being gay does not exist in the sense we mean it" bit in another context would irritate me, but I can see in the context of the Amazons of Themiscriya, where millennia of an entirely female, immortal population would alter one's perceptions of relationship, it's a valid comment.

Your thoughts and opinions?

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"For the longest time, DC has put Diana on the pedestal, but because of the audience interest she hasn't really been supported. She hasn't been portrayed in a way that fought that status. But certainly in the last couple of years and this year in particular because of the film, because of Grant Morrison's "Earth One" and because of Renae De Liz's "Legend of Wonder Woman," it feels like the audience is really waking up to the fact that this character is really important. And they're showing up. I feel like that's really fantastic and that we're really lucky because we get to do something of significance with this character at a significant time." - Nicola Scott

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Liam Sharp
Colorist: Laura Martin

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"I've read everything [in "Wonder Woman"] since I left, so the goal of this is not to be "This is a continuation of Greg's run." The goal is that this is a continuation of Wonder Woman's story. Since it's cast in the light of "Rebirth," one of the things we're all working really hard at doing is reconciling some of the incredible inconsistencies that have arisen in the 75-year history of the character." - Greg Rucka

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Matthew Clark & Liam Sharp
Inker: Sean Parsons
Colorists: Jeremy Colwell & Laura Martin

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Its coexistence with its superheroic surroundings was a matter-of-fact acknowledgement.

(There was the bit with the Black Talon, but that one'd been a joke before that.)

Its villains, the Exchange, exemplified this- they were ex-bit players in the superpowered game who'd decided to take their talents into the more mundane criminal world.

They were led by two particularly motivated.

Those two met to discuss the problems they were having with Frank Castle. )
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"Rowan is one of the more flawed protagonists that I’ve written in a long time. I saw something on Twitter, and I wish I could remember who said it and I wish I could remember the phrasing, but they were talking about how female protagonists are never allowed to have a significant character flaw in the way that male protagonists are. I haven’t thought about it enough to think of examples to refute that assertion, but I do think that we tend to walk a very careful line, writers and storytellers like myself, who are trying to be conscious of gender parity and ethnic parity and going on down the line. We want to see more diversity in work.

I know that for a very long time, there were certain things that I would not allow myself to do to certain protagonists. If I had a gay character, I wasn’t going to kill him. If you read the Kodiak novels, Dale Matsui was the safest guy in the series, right? Dale was out, he was happily in a relationship, and my politics are such that I wasn’t seeing that a lot and I certainly wasn’t going to get rid of the one guy who was there. That is, in its own way, a bigotry. What we want to see is stories that are going to be honest stories about the characters that we’re telling them about. We want to be fair to those characters, and those characters get to be people, they’re not defined by gender or sexual identity or ethnicity, solely. Those are elements of character, as I’ve said multiple times and I’m sure bored people to tears with it.

So getting back to Rowan, from the beginning in my head, she’s got some issues. She’s prickly. I’m not sure how easy she is to like. She may fall into that category of character where she’s a badass and you respect that, and you think it’s cool, but you’re not really sure if you’d want to hang out with her once you get to know her."

- Greg Rucka

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