The third volume of Wonder Woman after Infinite Crisis that ran from 2006 to 2010. The book initially had very rapid writer turn over before settling on Gail Simone. The quickly changing writers and the requirement for several of them to tie into the Amazons Attack! crossover led to several inconsistencies and dropped plotlines. The writers on Volume 3 are:
Volume 3 ended at the 600th issue of the combined Wonder Woman Volumes, with the 600th issue being considered a celebration of Wonder Woman and addition to Vol 1 rather than continuation of Vol 3. The issue was used as a lead in to Wonder Woman: Odyssey.
Tropes included in Wonder Woman volume three:
- Ambadassador: Diana is the ambassador of Themyscira and one of the world's premier superheroes.
- Forced Transformation: The bestiamorphs are men Circe transformed into her animalistic slaves against their will.
- King Incognito: Diana tries living as a U.S. citizen outside of costume instead of openly being Wonder Woman at all times.
- Lady Land: Themyscira (a.k.a. Paradise Island) is still a land of women, but the "paradise" aspects get tossed out the window with the Darker and Edgier retool of the Amazons which led to Amazons Attack. The concept of the island as a paradise and refuge was being brought back before the book was cancelled to make way for Wonder Woman: Odyssey
- Sadly Mythtaken: There are the usual DC departures from mythology, like Ares not being treated as Hippolyta's father (though the previous still in continuity series had made it clear he was, and that this was the cause of him aiding Diana on several occasions) and being recast as Evil, in addition to some new ones:
- The Amazons are not Greek in the myths, nor had they been considered such in the DCU prior to this series.
- On a related note the only Olympians the Amazons of myth are fond of and known to pray to are Ares and Artemis, while they have issues with both Herafor setting Hercules and his men on themand Athenafor arranging the murder of Queen Otrera (Hippolyta & Antiope's mother)while in this series they are slavishly devoted to the entire pantheon even when they've been betrayed and mistreated by them.
- Athena chooses to fade away and die while asking Zeus to look after the Amazons while in the original myths she is fated to usurp Zeus' throne, and had in the previous series which seems to have been forgotten.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Tom Tresser is this for Steve Trevor as a blonde-haired Love Interest for Diana with ties to the military. Steve does still exist but in the Post-Crisis continuity he was aged up to be older than Diana and removed as a romantic possibility.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: As mentioned above, Athena took over Zeus's throne in the last series, having done so by being a chessmaster. Here, she chooses to essentially die and request that Zeus take up her responsibilities and look after the Amazons, which causes millions of deaths as Zeus tries to slaughter every military and government on Earth and the Amazons have to fight for their home and lifestyle as Zeus decides to replace them with men who cannot defy him. None of this is a surprise to anyone who knows anything about Zeus.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Di is still in her American Flag inspired outfit, though she does actually work for the US government during this series.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Diana plays with this usual bit of her characterization as an agent for the Department of Metahuman Affairs, thought it is brought up repeatedly that she is very bad at keeping a cover story due to her truthfulness.
- Issues #1-4
Heinberg's run makes use of the following tropes:
- The Chew Toy: After years of misfortune Donna seems all set to headline the book as the new Wonder Woman, and then she gets Mind Raped and captured in the first issue.
- Clark Kenting: Lampshaded. When Bruce hands Diana a "new" identity she can use she smirks at the inclusion of glasses and says they must have been Clark's idea. B doesn't refute this and grins himself at the accusation. In the story itself it's implied to be less effective than Clark's disguise as Sarge Steel seems to see right through it even though he doesn't call her out.
- Decoy Protagonist. The opening soliloquy sounds rather a lot like it's being imparted to the readers by Diana, making its closing line a surprise;"I was born of magic, a child of the Amazons, the champion of the gods. Blessed with their gifts, I was chosen to impart their will to a world that does not believe in them, to fight for peace in a world at war, to be willing to die for my mission but never to kill. My mission is an impossible one but I'm not about to let that stop me. My name is Donna Troy, and I'm the new Wonder Woman."
- Then Donna ends up captured and Diana is the main character anyway, despite no longer acting as Wonder Woman.
- Distressed Dude: Steve Trevor ( actually Nemisis in disguise) is being held captive by Cheetah and Giganta.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Donna and Diana being identical is brought up by some villains, who can't figure out how people tell them apart. In practice the art goes out of it's way to allow the reader to tell the sisters apart. Donna's background is infamously inconsistent and this book leaves it vague so as to not contradict the next writer who gets some harebrained retcon for her past into their head so it's unclear if they even share any genes as Donna's original and most popular origin has her as an adopted orphan rescued by Diana long ago.
- Lady Legionnaire Wear: Donna's WW outfit is more armored than her sister's, and includes black pteruges
- Legacy Character: Donna is the new Wonder Woman.
- Power Parasite: Circe steals Diana, Donna, and Cassie's power with magic ritual and runs about as a rather brutal Wonder Woman for a while after Diana leaves the title to Donna.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Attempts to reconcile Diana with her actions during 52 and her murder of Maxwell Lord, and Cassie's dramatic characterization shift since joining the Teen Titans means that there's no way their first meeting after Diana essentially abandoned Cassie is going to go any other way. For bonus points Cassie flips out at Tim as well since he had spoken to Diana during her absence and never told Cassie about it.
- Rogues Gallery Showcase: Probably one of the most remembered things about this run is how many Wonder Woman villains Heinberg squeezed in here; Circe, Cheetah, Giganta, Silver Swan, Queen Clea, Osira, Gundra, Hercules, Minister Blizzard, Dr. Pyscho, The Mask to just name a few.
- Transformation Horror: Hercules's unwilling transformation into one of Circe's bestiamorphs is framed as painful and terrifying for him as he begs for help while twisting in pain before suddenly being twisted into one of her animalistic slaves.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After Infinite Crisis, Wonder Woman decided to retire for a while and takes off for parts unknown without explaining to Donna and Cassandra why. In issue #2, Cassie vents her anger on her:Cassandra: Diana...? Is it really you?
Diana: It's really me, Cass. You okay?
Cassandra: Am I okay? Let's see... The gods abandoned us. Paradise Island disappeared. My boyfriend was murdered... and the person I looked up to more than anyone else in the world... left without saying a word.
Diana: I was trying to protect you.
Cassandra: You deserted me. Me AND Donna. And now, for all we know, she could be dead.
- Issue #5
- Alliterative Name: Alison Addison.
- Domestic Abuse: Issue 5 focuses on a women's shelter run by survivors of domestic abuse who were inspired to escape from their horrible home lives and found a shelter for others stuck in similar situations by seeing Wonder Woman's actions.
- Neck Lift: Diana yanks the retired villain she interrupted while he was trying to beat his wife to near death to make her "respect" him up by the throat, mocks him and chucks him out of his own house and across the street.
- Shout-Out: Darla was named after the Little Rascal character.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Diana does not take it easy on the retired supervillain who had just decided to upgrade his usual mistreatment of his wife into possibly beating her to death for calling the cops.
- Issues #6-10
Jodi Picoult's first attempt at applying her writing chops to a comic book superhero, it was overshadowed by the fan despised Amazons Attack! crossover event which most of her issues were part of. For more on that storyline see the related page.
- Bathroom Stall Graffiti: The ladies restroom at the theme park is quite a mess, and includes a lipstick heart with the words 'Batman + me forever' in one of the stalls along with other tidbits.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: The master of disguise Nemisis falls for Circe's disguise as Wonder Woman, which she lampshades.
- Collapsed Mid-Speech: Maxi Man gets knocked out by a piece of debris just as he starts ranting at the two agents set to protect him, both of whom had just decided their job was a degrading waste of time.
- Shrine to the Fallen: There is an eternal flame set before Hippolyta's grave.
- Issues #11-13
An Amazons Attack! tie in, the tropes for which can be seen on the corresponding page. In Torres' run Diana gets manhandled and ordered around by Superman and Batman and is completely ok with it as she apparently can't think for herself. All three of them for some reason prioritize Nemesis' life over the lives of everyone else in the United States.
- Issues #14-44
- All Lesbians Want Kids: Many of the ladies of Themyscira are lesbians, and the desire for children runs rampant there, partially due to the fact that the island was without any children whatsoever for hundreds of years.
- Ambiguously Bi: While Themyscira is home to many same sex relationships, Diana mentions courting back home while dating Tom in a way that leaves it ambiguous as to whether or not she ever dated or was interested in another woman. So while it is heavily hinted that many Amazons are bi it is never outright stated or shown, with Diana seemingly straight and the rest seemingly ace or lesbian.
- Ambiguously Gay:
- For years there has been subtext between Hippolyta and Phillipus, the captain of the royal guard. On her Tumblr page, Gail Simone claimed she had planned to have the two women officially get married, an idea which was even supported by Dan DiDio.
- When Diana tell Tom that she's courting him in the way of her people he points out that her people are all women making it clear that there are plenty of lesbian relationships back home, but only implying that she'd ever been courted.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Diana is concerned about this, and her willingness or lack thereof to kill is examined inconclusively.
- Blindfolded Vision: The Amazon archer Philomela wears a blindfold at all times.
- Colonel Badass: Simone turned former Plucky Comic Relief character Etta Candy into a Deadpan Snarker Lieutenant colonel who is also a Badass Normal, as well as one of Wondy's "sisters" and very dear friends.
- Evil Counterpart: The Gargareans come off this initially. Mainly as revived corpses, they have much less free will than the Amazons do and so are more likely to follow the commands of Zeus when he sends them out to disarm the world. Some eventually reach a Heel Realization and come to fight alongside the Amazons when Alkyone summons a Hekaonkheires to kill Diana.
- Evil Counterpart Race: In an effort to keep Zeus from being quite as horrific as he has been acting Athena requests that he act as the Amazon's guardian for her on her deathbed. This backfires horribly as Zeus finds the Amazons too "rebellious" and independent so goes about creating the Gargareans to replace them with. The Gargareans are the zombie-like raised army of ancient male Heroes who cannot be killed by traditional means which Zeus has slaughter their way through any humans who have an army, weapons or any defensive capabilities whatsoever as Zeus sees this as men trying to become gods and spurning him. The very, very few Gargareans who manage to hold onto part of their former sentience do resist Zeus, which lets them go back to their rest in Hades.
- Holier Than Thou: Zeus thinks himself morally upright especially in comparison to Ares, when in honesty he's at least as bad as Ares if not worse since while they're both unrepentant manipulative mass murderers at least Ares isn't a misogynistic serial rapist and is upfront about the fact that he's a backstabber while Zeus refuses to admit he has any shortcomings of his own.
- Immortal Procreation Clause: Being a One-Gender Race the Amazons suffer from this, being reincarnated from women who were killed by men, including many mothers. They make "Whittle Babies" out of wood to keep themselves occupied, and until Diana was created by the gods at Hippolyta's demand there were no children born on the island. A group of Amazons turned evil primarily because they were jealous that Hippolyta was given a daughter while they remained childless.
- Moral Myopia: Zeus considers genocide and removal of free will horrific when individuals other than him are the perpetrators, but is furious that anyone would question him when he does the same.
- Most Common Superpower: Simone addresses the fact that Diana has been drawn with an ever larger bust ever since Marston died, with Black Canary claiming Diana's breasts are the second largest and second most famous in the superhero community.
- Night of the Living Mooks: Zeus raises the Gargareans, essentially an army of the zombified dead from the Heroic age of Greek Legend, to follow and aid him in subjugating humanity.
- Straight Gay: You wouldn't know it from the way he looks or acts, but Achilles is gay. His marriage to Alkyone was merely a political one and he later hooks up with his realtor, Patrick Cleese, who turns out to be the reincarnation of Patroclus.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Kāne-Milohai does not wear a shirt.
- You Can't Kill What's Already Dead: Zeus' army of Gargareans cannot be killed by conventional means which makes them horrifically effective at what Zeus raised them to do: slaughter all humans who are part of an army or have taken steps to defend themselves.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: Alkyone betrayed Hippolyta by trying to kill her daughter.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It is hinted that a large part of the Circle's treasonous motivations is that Diana is the child all the Amazons wanted but could never have. Upon being defeated by Diana the first time, Alkyone's words were "You could have been mine."
- Interservice Rivalry: Between The Circle (the queen's bodyguard) and the Amazon Guard.
- Knight Templar: The Circle was well-known for being overzealous about protecting Hippolyta. Alkyone takes it even further with her obsession with defending what she sees as proper Amazon culture by trying to destroy Diana.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Alkyone's secret love and intense loyalty to Hippolyta and the Amazon way of life led her to commit increasingly immoral actions to the point she became set on destroying anything that she felt threatened the "proper" Amazon way of life.
- Motive Rant: Alkyone gives Diana a rant about why she is, in her own warped view, Necessarily Evil:
- Praetorian Guard: The Circle are Queen Hippolyta's bodyguards, and like the real Praetorian Guard, ultimately betray the person they are supposed to protect.
- Psycho Lesbian: Alkyone is the first in the Amazons' long history of lesbian relationships, with her secret loving adoration of the queen.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Captain Nazi is one of the antagonists of this arc.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Circle were imprisoned after trying to kill Diana as a baby.
- Aliens Steal Cable: To Kharhi's chagrin his daughter Kho watches MTV, and has picked up slang from it.
- Always Chaotic Evil: This is the general consensus on the khunds, but it's not actually true. Kho for instance still loves a fight, can think of nothing better than dying in battle, and is very concerned about her honor but interprets what would be a breech of honor differently than her father and the Emperor and intentionally interferes with their plan to preserve the khunds honor as she sees it as dishonorable.
- Final Solution: The Olympians have decided the best way to deal with the khund empire is to gas every last one of them. The khund empire itself has a long history of inflicting genocide on those it conquers but it is usually not quite as complete as the one aimed at them intends to be, since plenty of khunds are able to see the appeal and value of non-khunds even if such nuances are beyond their homeworld emperor.
- Green Lantern Ring: The Lantern Corspman of Sector 422 initially stands against Diana as he doesn't want to fight to protect the khunds from genocide, given that the Empire killed his family. By the end of the arc he has a partner and trainee Lantern who is a khund herself.
- Genocide Dilemma:
- Guilt-Free Extermination War: The Olympians are cheerfully traveling the cosmos wiping out entire sapient species that have a war-like tendency which has led to them not having any nearby allies to help defend themselves. They see nothing wrong with this whatsoever, which makes their complaints about Ares ring hollow.
- Mouth of Sauron: The khund emperor's advisor Kharhi who informs Diana "This edict grants me permission to wage war against you with every last stone in the khund arsenal, by order of the emperor.", though given that these are khunds their attack is meant as a tribute to honor her.
- Outside-Context Villain: The khunds are being massacred by a foe they cannot see or fight, and which takes out whole cities with no survivors without ever leaving their craft seemingly with just the exhaust.
- Revenge of the Sequel: Issue 18 is titled "Return of the Khund!" though it sadly does not contain an appearance of Diana's old khund frenemy Ectreba who would have had some choice words for the khund ship that attacked Diana about two feet from a hospital, as she has come to value noncombatants and look to protect those who need aid during her time outside the empire.
- Shout-Out: Tom is reading Through the Looking Glass when Diana comes to visit him in the hospital.
- Space "X": ISpace is some kind of extraterrestrial social media interface, on which Kho uses the handle Neko.
Ends of the Earth
- Corrupt the Cutie: Diana realizes that her soul and morals are becoming harder and harder to keep in touch with the longer she remains tied to "Stalker".
- Deal with the Devil: Stalker sold his soul to D'grth in exchange for immortality and martial skill.
- Decapitation Presentation: During Diana's dream while trapped in Stalker's soullessness she sees herself as a heartless Amazon queen with her old friends and mother forced to bow to her and her villains heads displayed on pikes before her throne.
- Faustian Rebellion: Stalker is pretending to be trying to rebel against D'grth, and in the end actually does betray the demon once he realizes his soul cannot be recovered.
- Meet the In-Laws: Diana takes Tom to meet Hippolyta as per Amazonian courting customs and it as awkward and imitating as one would expect meeting a wariror-Queen would be.
- Mythology Gag: Tsaritsa conjures up several Wonder Women for Diana to fight that are all based off previous looks and incarnations of the character; such as Golden Age Wonder Woman, Cathy Lee Crosby, Lynda Carter, and Post-Crisis Wonder Woman.
- Straw Feminist: Diana is disgusted that the supposedly biographical film based on her reduces the Amazons to such, in her own words: "Why is it that people feel that a belief in woman equals a hatred of men?"
- Stylistic Suck: The film Tsaritsa is making has a horrendous script, some of which amusingly found its way into the 2017 film, but was made to be bad intentionally in the story as a villain who wants to annoy Diana and cause her suffering is behind it.
- Take That!: Tsaritsa temporarily takes on the appearance Diana sported in the late-60s when she lost her powers and learned martial arts to become a spy. Diana simply responds with a punch and that she would never act like that.
Rise of the Olympian
- Amnesiac God: The Olympians have lost huge chunks of their memories, to the point that even their names feel uncertain to them.
- Beat Still, My Heart: Zeus claws Milohai's beating heart out of his chest to use it as the heart for the new incarnation of Achilles he's building.
- Big Damn Heroes: Steve Trevor
- Deal with the Devil: Ares warns Alkyone that deals with him rarely work out to the favor of those who invoked him.
- Deity of Human Origin: Zeus is a mixture of pissed and contemptuous about what he sees as humans trying to become like him, and the way Athena's death is discussed among the Olympians implies the Olympians themselves are of human heritage.
- Forced to Watch
- God Is Evil: Zeus has gone far past just being a jerk at this point, trying to wipe out whole civilizations, murdering Milohai over petty selfishness and trying to replace the Amazons with the Gargareans zombie-like forms of male greek heroeswho he intends to have answer only to him and worship him unconditionally, as he thinks it's time for the women to learn their place. He also sends his Gargareans to attack every government and military facility on earth and rob them of any powerful weapons while killing those who don't stand down since he's pissed that humans would dare wield such power, thinking they're trying to become gods.
- God Is Inept: Zeus is such a misogynistic prick that he can't fathom how to look after the Amazons when asked besides by raising the corpses of a bunch of male Greek Heroes to replace them with.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: The Olympians are fading and dying due to their lack of followers.
- Grand Theft Me: The reason Sarge Steel has been acting so odd is finally revealed; he's been kicked out of his own mind by Doctor Psycho.
- Grasp the Sun: Milohai holds ocean water and it seems to be reflecting the stars, though none are visible in the sky. When he lets it drip out of his hands it becomes clear there was something far more mystical than a reflection going on.
- Hypocrite: When Zeus attacks Milohai he tries insulting him by calling him a "godling" and a god with no worshipers, while the lack of worshipers isn't Kāne-Milohai's issue; it's Zeus' and it's the reason Zeus and his pantheon are fading and the reason Zeus is so desperate.
- Jerkass Gods: All of them but Milohai are self centered jerks at best, and then Zeus murders Milohai for accepting Diana's oaths after the Olympians fled earth.
- Kill the God:
- Zeus murders Kane Milohai, then tears his heart out of his chest to use it as Achilles new heart.
- Diana kills Ares, and would have done the same to Zeus if the Amazons and Gargareans hadn't held her back.
- Obliviously Evil: Zeus seems to have no clue that genocide, murder, rape and general misogyny are bad when he is the one doing them, and is outraged that Diana would dare to stand up to him or be angry with him for it.
- Oh, Crap!
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Diana is normally one not to go for the killing blow as a first option but after everything Ares orchestrated with Genocide and the attacks on the Amazons and Gargareans, she wastes no time with a swift axe-blow the head when she goes looking for him during the battle. Judging by his dying words even he's surprised she wasted no time on it.
- Race Lift: Akila, a dark skinned black haired Amazon who has always had Arabic features in the past, is depicted as a blonde white lady.
- Retcon: The fault for Amazons Attack is pushed entirely on the Bana, and the characters all act like the Themyscirans are entirely innocent of the atrocities that they precipitated during it.
- You Leave Him Alone!:
- Walk-In Chime-In: In issue 29
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Zeus blames Kane Milohai for him escalating their confrontation into a full on battle despite Milohai being fairly diplomatic in rejecting Zeus' demand that he release Diana of her vow to him, saying Zeus would have to earn Diana's loyalty first before he could that.
- Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": Genocide is considered an aspect of Ares, despite the fact that while Ares has been plotting to kill most of the gods the only gods who have been seen actually committing genocide in this series are the other Olympians, who of course do not consider their actions to have been genocide.
Birds of Paradise
- Call-Back: Myndi Mayer receives one when Diana discusses her tragic death with Black Canary and Diana's naivety about the darker aspects of Man's World at the time.
- Eyepatch of Power: Black Canary's disguise for the underground fighting ring includes an eyepatch.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Black Canary joins Di on a trip to Japan to track down Doctor Psycho.
- Aesop Amnesia: Zeus learns humility and realizes what a hypocrite he has been and promises to change for the better, the only problem is that he's learned these lessons before several times and it seems his very nature won't allow him to change in the long run. It also doesn't help that he does not seem entirely sincere.
- Big Damn Heroes: Hippolyta, Artemis, and Donna arriving with the Amazons to put a stop to Alkyone and Hekaonkheires.
- Came Back Wrong: Ares' ghost returns with his head poorly stitched together from the killing blow he received from Diana and has a far more creepy characterization than he had before dying.
- Equipment Upgrade: Diana's bracelets that have mysteriously developed the ability to emit lightning are revealed to have been an upgrade from Zeus that he unlocked as they were originally made from his aegis.
- Fetus Terrible: The fetuses in the Amazons impregnated by Ares are gradually killing their mothers as they get closer to being born.
- Heel Realization: While not out-and-out villainous, Achilles finally comes to this as he realizes he's been led around too much by Zeus and Alkyone's machinations and helps break Diana out to stop Alkyone.
- Human Sacrifice: Alkyone does this summon Cottus the Hekatonkheires as part of a deal to kill Diana.
- Institutional Apparel: Diana wears a toga/robe during her time as a prisoner on Themyscira as her costume and bracelets were taken by Alkyone.
- Mystical Pregnancy: Five of the returning Amazons become mysteriously pregnant despite not having been in relationships with men during the exile period. They think they've been blessed by the Gods as Hippolyta was with Diana, they're half-right as it's revealed their pregnancies were courtesy of Ares and it's not exactly a blessing.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Ares appears before Diana late at night in her bedroom to reveal he has gone to some level of the afterlife reserved for the gods, where he is being tortured by all those who have died in all the world's wars. His head crudely stitched together from the blow that killed him, courtesy of her. He makes it clear even though he's dead he intends to still torment her and is depicted as still being able to interact with the physical world.
- Put on a Bus: After realizing what a mess he has made Zeus at the end of this arc, along with the rest of the surviving Olympians presumably, go to live with the Ichor, the beings who originally rescued them from Apokolips. Leaving Ares the only remaining Olympian on Earth.
- Self-Restraint: Diana is held prisoner on Themyscira on the threat of Hippoloyta being executed if she doesn't comply. Artemis attempts to break her out as Alkyone intends to execute her but Diana states she can't follow so long as her mother is at risk.
- Sexy Silhouette: Wonder Woman is sleeping nude in her room when she suddenly notices Ares is her room creepily sitting in the corner and she sits up in shock, shown only as a silhouette. For the rest of the scene she has Godiva Hair or a Modesty Bedsheet to cover her nudity. When Ares leaves she stands up to stare outside her balcony, and her semi-transparent curtains just happen to blow to cover her and silhouette her body.
A Murder of Crows
- Creepy Child: The grey skinned uniform wearing "children of Ares," who are bloodthirsty hate spreading little imps wearing uniforms to make themselves look like innocent little schoolboys.
Wrath of the Silver Serpent
- The Patient Has Left the Building: Etta is still in the hospital recovering from being tortured when aliens attack Washington DC. She responds by telling Steve Trevor that while it's sweet of him to keep her company she'd prefer some pants and her gun. The two of them are next seen helping deal with the invaders.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Hypolyta has several sisters from mythology who have yet to show up in the comic, so when picking a name for her long lost sister it's odd DC went with Astarte, a name that doesn't belong to any of them. Simone's reason is more excusable, she was adapting a silver age villain whose name in life was Diana sister of Hypolyta and whom Dina was named and modeled after.