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Awesome / Wonder Woman (1987)

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Perez run

  • In Wonder Woman's first Post-Crisis storyline, Diana is fighting the progeny of Ares, Deimos, and is ensnared by his beard of poisonous snakes. Seeing her mortal friends being overwhelmed and knowing she must save them, Diana shows a new big difference compared to her compatriots of The DCU, Batman and Superman. Namely, she doesn't feel bound by Thou Shall Not Kill and so takes the god's head off! (While Di has killed gods before, they were always able to brush it off due to Resurrective Immortality, in this continuity it seems to take far less to make death stick for gods)
    • However, how does she deal with Ares in the climax? She ensnares him with her magic lasso and forces him to see the logical conclusion to his plans, which would leave him completely alone and no one left to worship him. What does Ares do? He cries. The most badass moment of the storyline is completely and utterly non-violent.

Messner-Loebs run

  • One comparatively low-key moment: Diana's coworker at the Taco Whiz (long story) has a daughter she can't afford to send to a prestigious school. The father is a deadbeat who also works for a mob boss. Diana gets the child support checks coming by camping out in the boss's office and answering his phone.
    Hello, yes. This is Mr. Sazia's residence. I'm afraid he can't come to the phone right now. Me? I am Wonder Woman. And who might... hmm. They hung up.

Rucka run

  • The return of Barbara Minerva as the Cheetah in issue #206, killing Sebastian Ballesteros and leaving a trap for Diana:
  • During Greg Rucka's run, already full of awesome, one moment stands out: Diana faces Medusa in an arena match. The gorgon has already petrified the child of one of Diana's employees, so It's Personal. And it gets worse: Circe has enchanted TV systems across the world, and if Wonder Woman loses, tens of millions of people get turned to stone with her. Right as it looks as though she's about to lose, she takes one of Medusa's severed hair-snakes and blinds herself. Then she takes Medusa's head off with one slice.

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