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BLACKEST NIGHT: WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott
Cover by Greg Horn
Variant cover by Ryan Sook

Fan-favorite writer Greg Rucka returns to chronicle the adventures of the Amazing Amazon in the DC Universe's darkest hour! Black Lantern Maxwell Lord has risen and he seeks revenge and retribution for his murder at the hands of Diana. Look for unexpected changes to await Wonder Woman in the course of this series as she plays a major role in the War of Light against the Blackest Night.

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Greg Horn), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Ryan Sook). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale December 2 - 1 of 3 - 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Date: 2009-09-20 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottyquick.insanejournal.com
Yes, but you have the luxury of that half an hour. Diana had to think on her feet something that would stop innocent people from being at risk. When she used the truth, the answer was to kill Max.

Date: 2009-09-20 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zordboy.insanejournal.com
Those first ten, took me seconds to think of. And I don't throwdown with Gorgons every Wednesday.

And the second people resort to, "The lasso told her she had to kill him!" as an excuse, I point out that it's lasso of truth, not the lasso of omniscience. Killing someone *is* a good way of stopping someone, but so are all those other things.

Date: 2009-09-20 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] colonel_green.insanejournal.com
The lasso didn't tell her, that Max under the influence of it did.

There are other things that would seem like they would have worked, of course, but within the context of the story it's clearly meant to be a black and white choice, so I think it has to be taken in that context.

Date: 2009-09-20 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zordboy.insanejournal.com
It's just infuriating, that's all.

I mean, a character who has super-duper speed (which we know that Diana possesses) *does* have the luxury of time when a non-speedster opponent is forcing them to make a tough decision. Diana could've done *millions* of things to him in the nanosecond it took a single synapse in Lord's brain to fire. Thought only moves at about 100 metres per second, I think. That's fast, but Diana can do multiple laps of Earth in the blink of an eye. That's faster.

The story was crap from start to finish and this is where it gets us. Thanks DC. But I do confess that this fires me up like crazy.

Date: 2009-09-20 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottyquick.insanejournal.com
So basically she should have knocked him out, flown him to the Phantom Zone, and found an anti-psych chamber? If he woke up for a millisecond, then thousands of lives would be at risk. Diana wouldn't take that risk. She used the lasso of truth to ask him how to stop him. If there were another way, he would have said so.

The entire point of the story was that she didn't have a choice.

Date: 2009-09-20 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zordboy.insanejournal.com
"So basically she should have knocked him out, flown him to the Phantom Zone, and found an anti-psych chamber? If he woke up for a millisecond..."

... with Diana's speed, that millisecond would allow her *hours* (from her perspective) of time to do something. Grabbing him, dragging him to a teleporter or to the Watchtower and stucking him in a teleport loop or in front of a phantom zone projector or *anything* would've taken a lot *less* time than a millisecond. Because Diana is that skilled, and that fast.

"The entire point of the story was that she didn't have a choice."

Then the entire point of the story was bullshit. You don't need the lasso around you to come to that conclusion.

Date: 2009-09-20 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottyquick.insanejournal.com
If Diana flew him that fast, he would be dead.

Date: 2009-09-20 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sailorlibra.insanejournal.com
Why is it bad that she killed him instead of merely disabling him? Yes, there were other viable solutions and I'm sure Batman or a similar hero would have taken advantage of the solutions. And things might have gone wrong, people might have died, etc., but Batman would have taken the choice he felt to be morally correct.
Diana, however, felt and feels differently about killing people and as such, took the safest route. I'm sure she could have chosen a solution that didn't involve Max's death, but she decided that killing Maxwell Lord was the only way to stop him forever.
I don't see how her making that choice is out of character. She killed people before that story and has continued to do so afterwards. If you're pissed off at the story because she didn't make the traditional choice, then perhaps Wonder Woman isn't really the hero for you.

Date: 2009-09-20 05:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
Yeah, this. You can argue about the story all you like, and I could agree that it would've been the wrong choice if it were Bruce or Clark in the situation, but the issue people are taking here isn't with the story, it's with Diana. And it's not like killing him was the easy option either, since she ended up sacrificing her reputation for it, but the lives of the potential victims far outweighed Max's to her, consequences be damned.

No one ever complains about Diana killing Medousa, but they'll get up in arms about Max. The only difference between those situation is that Max didn't look like a monster, and that was the point of the story, not that she had no other option. In fact, she'd probably have had more nonlethal options against Medousa than Max, if not for the nature of the challenge.

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