JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 Spoiler Review: Makes Perfect Sense
[Extreme spoiler warnings for not only Justice League #12, but another high-profile DC title coming out this week. Proceed at your own risk].
According to the advanced press the publisher has garnered for the event, the relationship will not just be a fleeting subplot, and DC is trying to sell both an air of permanence and consequence to the development. No one can yet predict or speak to the former, but the latter is actually foreshadowed very interestingly in another title coming out this week, and we’ll talk more about that in a moment).
But before the issue even hit the stands, some comic book readers already started to debate and even dismiss the relationship, with many arguing a romance between the two makes little sense, as the characters really had little in common aside being superheroes, teammates and very, very ... very powerful.
Whether or nor Kal-El/Clark and Diana are soul mates, or even a good match is really irrelevant to whether or not it makes narrative sense for the characters to pursue a relationship at this time. And in just a 4-page sequence writer Geoff Johns simply and deftly justifies it perfectly.
In short they’re two wholly different, and thereby lonely people (perfectly consistent with their portrayals by Grant Morrison, Brian Azzarello and other writers) who have enough in common, and interact often enough, to make looking for companionship and relief from the loneliness with one another perfectly logical.
“We’re not like anyone,” Superman tells Wonder Woman. “People like us are really alone, aren’t we?” she replies.
Geoff, you had me at “alone”.
Yes, the beginning of the Superman-Wonder Woman relationship isn’t just limited to Justice League #12 this week.
In a sequence towards the end of that issue, its strongly implied that their relationship will lead to dire consequences in the future – consequences that will lead to Booster Gold (or no less than Booster) ceasing to exist.
If you ponder for a second to where romance and sex can lead – what consequence could potentially ‘offspring’ from such a pairing, and how that consequence could affect the future of the New 52 – August 29, 2012 was the date the DC Universe may have just become a much more interesting place…
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