With the transition to a new creative team, Superman/Wonder Woman has also introduced a new mystery: Who is Wonderstar?
The character showed up at the end of Superman/Wonder Woman #13, taking out two villains who were troubling Superman and Wonder Woman. On the final page, Wonderstar says to the villains with a smile, after he disables them:
"I hope you gentlemen haven't hurt Superman and Wonder Woman too badly, because then I'd have to kill you." The final tagline in the issue is: "Next: Death of a Hero!"
The threat by the mysterious new hero foreshadows some conflict in the future about killing or not killing — and the issue itself had already highlighted that Superman and Wonder Woman have different approaches. According to Superman/Wonder Woman #13, he New 52 version of Superman appears to be more compassionate toward humans than Wonder Woman is.
Upcoming solicitations also hint that the Wonderstar will bring with him other problems — the hero has "strange, erratic powers," and he doesn't know who he is or where he comes from, or "why he feels a strange connection to the Man of Steel and the Amazon Warrior."
Perhaps most telling of all, January's Superman/Wonder Woman #15 says that Wonderstar's path "may lead to the end of humanity," and that he's destined to become something that Diana and Clark want to prevent.
So who is Wonderstar?
There's already been some online fan speculation that Wonderstar, who seems to have the powers of super-strength and flight, might be the child of Wonder Woman and Superman. The idea is that Wonderstar has traveled from a future timeline to the current New 52.
There's already a precedent for this happening in the New 52 — not only because lots of Legion of Super-Heroes folks have traveled back from the future, but because a future son of Superman and Lois Lane (known as "Jon Lane Kent") traveled to the past earlier this year.
DC has implied in various stories that the "Lois-and-Clark-have-a-kid-in-the-future" timeline was altered, or even eliminated. If that's true, it would open the door for a new future, where Wonder Woman and Superman have a child.
The parenting would explain Wonderstar's "strange connection" to the pair. And it would account for his abilities of flight and strength.
And the fact that his destiny might "end humanity" would tie nicely into the clues we've seen about Wonder Woman and Superman's relationship upsetting the time-traveling Booster Gold in 2012's Justice League International Annual #1 and Booster Gold: Futures End #1.
In both issues, Booster said something about "stopping" Wonder Woman and Superman from hooking up, implying that their relationship leads to something bad in the future. If Wonderstar is that "bad thing" that happens, it might also explain whom Booster was talking about when he said he shouldn't have trusted "him."
But this theory, as enticing as it is, doesn't explain — what would bring Wonderstar back to the past? And why would he forget who he is?
With all the alternate earths in the DC Universe these days, it's pretty likely that, if Wonderstar isn't from the regular DCU earth, then he hails from some other world in the Multiverse.
It might explain why his powers are "erratic," and could also tie into his loss of memory.
With all the alternate earths that have been teased in the previews for DC's April/May event Convergence, the appearance of a mysterious, superpowered hero connected to Wonder Woman and Superman sure seems like it could have something to do with the multiverse.
In that alternate world, Wonderstar might be related to Superman and Wonder Woman — either an alternate version of them or some other tie-in to their future or past on an alternate earth.
Or… he could be all of the above.
The solicitations for February's Superman/Wonder Woman #16 may have given a hint about Wonderstar's identity, as it revealed that the issue will feature the introduction of Magog to the New 52 universe.
In the pre-52 universe, Magog first showed up in the '90s mini-series Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, which took place in a "possible" future of the DCU. Although that villain's origin story was never told, he represented the violent, modern-style hero who would be willing to kill villains.
Sound familiar? Could Wonderstar and his apparent willingness to kill be connected somehow to Magog?
Eventually, the Kingdom Come universe was confirmed as an alternate Earth in the DCU — specifically "Earth 22" — so the appearance of Magog in the New 52 might be the one from Earth-22. And with him appearing in Superman/Wonder Woman after the appearance of a mysterious character named Wonderstar, it's likely the two characters are related.
Of course, Wonderstar could be the son of Wonder Woman and Superman from Earth 22. In Kingdom Come and The Kingdom (a later-published, related story), the two heroes did become a couple. And they had a child.
Maybe Wonderstar is that child, from the future represented on Earth 22?
It's all speculation, and to be fair, the Magog who shows up in Superman/Wonder Woman #16 might be a brand new version of Magog that has nothing to do with Kingdom Come. After all, in the pre-Flashpoint universe, there was a new, young Magog character who didn't come from any alternate earth — he was part of the mainstream DC Universe.
So maybe Magog only hails from the local DCU, or maybe he has nothing to do with Wonderstar — whose story could end in issue #15, for all we know, before this new Magog even shows up.
OK, there's one other possibility we have to mention, even though this might be a stretch: The appearance of a character with the word "wonder" in his name makes us think of the expectation most fans have of another "wonder" character showing up in Superman/Wonder Woman.
During a late-2013 segment of an "All Access" video on DC's website, the publisher teased the return of Wally West in The Flash, Stephanie Brown in Batman Eternal, and Donna Troy in Superman/Wonder Woman.
The first two teases have come to fruition, with versions of both Wally and Stephanie appearing in the New 52 during the past year. However, Donna hasn't shown up in Superman/Wonder Woman.
It's clear that Wonderstar is a male character, and his story doesn't seem to resemble any incarnation of Wonder Girl/Donna Troy. However, we can't help mentioning that there's a possibility this ties into the hints we've seen. The dude's real name is still unknown. Could his name be… Don Troy?
OK, OK… now that everyone's done groaning, let's be honest — beyond the use of "wonder" in both names, and the reference to "star" (with stars being a prominent feature on Donna Troy's costume), we can't figure out how these two characters might be related.
Or maybe we just can't figure it out yet.
Whatever the origin of Wonderstar, there's another potential outcome that readers have to consider. What would Wonder Woman and Superman do if they discovered that their union (whether on this earth or on another one) created Wonderstar — and that his existence was destined to destroy humanity?
This is all just speculation, but with Convergence on the horizon, and expected changes to come after the April/May break, it's possible that Wonder Woman and Superman are discovering something — through Wonderstar — that puts into question the very existence of their relationship. And maybe the Convergence break brings about changes to the relationship — or the end of it altogether.
"The way that Supes and Wonder Woman deal with this new hero speaks to the core of who they are, the way they look at life and the world around them."