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In his secret identity, Morrison is a "counterculture" spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright, and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08X1RXF3Z
- Publisher : DC (March 9, 2021)
- Publication date : March 9, 2021
- Language : English
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- Print length : 123 pages
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And don't tell me this book isn't sexist or leftist. There's a series of pages depicting a scene with Diana going to another dimension of Themyscira where they sent all the men they've captured. A place where men are treated like "beasts to tamed." A place where all the men have "been domesticated" and, at first glance, seem really happy... Riiiight up until you notice that they've all been fitted with collars that, is revealed later, shock the hell out of them when they say or do anything the women disapprove of. There's even a shot of a woman literally leading a man, who is carrying her bags, around on a leash. A LEASH! Collars, leashes, and treating them like animals, that's called SLAVERY! And yes, I know there's a history of bondage in Wonder Woman comics but lets be honest, there's putting a collar on someone because they're submisive and then there's putting an obedience collar on someone in order to break them. Yeah, in this place they have enslaved the men they've captured and they call it mercy. And in leftist fashion, they don't see anything wrong this because it's happening to people that don't agree with them. They see the existence of men as being, and I quote from the book itself, "Ideal for LABOR, company, and rough PLEASURE, though often not much else." That's right, slave labor, pets, and sex toys. They genuinely don't value their lives and treat them as property purely because they're men. Sexist much?
All throughout these three books they're not fighting corrupt leaders and people who shouldn't have power, they're "fighting the patriarchy." They also have to fight Ares but that's secondary to the not so subtle political propaganda message. And by the end of the this book the amazons have gone from a message of "peace, love and compassion" to "Think how we want you to think OR ELSE!" Like I said, they don't treat people as individuals. They treat them as groups based on gender and ethnicity. By the end, the amazons have done what leftists are trying to. They conquer the world and force their way of thinking on everybody.
DO NOT BUY THIS SERIES. It's nothing but a WOKE, leftist, SJW, anti-male fantasy. It's complete and utter sexist garbage. Don't believe me? Flip the gender roles in this book and have men enslaving and fitting women with obedience collars and then using them as sex toys and slave labor, and then going on to conquer the world and force everybody to think how they want them to. Do that and you'll see what I mean.
Congratulations Grant Morrison. You successfully turned Wonder Woman into the very thing she's been fighting for decades. An intolerant, fascist, sexist, tyrant, and dictator who conquers the world and forces their will and ideals on it.
I'm a little bit of a gender abolitionist, to me the ideal world would be people behaving however they want. In this one, it's men vs women, and men are the source of all violence, and women are literally superior. Like... This is literally an incel's strawman of feminism.
Anyway, I would still recommend the entire series, and I know it's a dialed-up modernized Golden Age Wonder Woman, but I wish it presented us real solutions and eased up off of casting women as superior creators that men must submit to. It's not our job to police the bad men or fix them. In an ideal society, where capitalism has been abolished and healthcare and everything else is available, men would be made better, because I dont think men are always born evil, they're molded that way by society and social constructs. Take those away and... We are all just people. Wouldn't that be nice?
Anyway, this book is sure to be controversial. I just wish we could have these discussions, and free of screeching culture warrior types going on about dem Es-Jay-Ws! Like, come on, let's be adults.
Also, I can't speak for black people but I am not sure Steve being such a device and mouthpiece is doing them any favors.
Ack! This is so much, it just leaves me with so many thoughts, but on a plus side, we see more cool mythological stuff! And um... Yeah, this one just got even weirder. 😅
Where they both pushed boundaries and presented changes to the WW canon before, while honoring the past...this volume tops it. Where Morrison took the message of love and true feminist ideal was bold. Paquette’s art & storytelling complemented every moment of Grant’s message. They have collaborated together before many times, and this shows why they are a team.
If you have Volumes 1 &2, get this NOW. If not buy them all and be prepared for a new world paradigm.
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This is not my favourite incarnation of Wonder Woman. I do like the Greek mythology element of this book, the artwork works well with this, over done men are the enemy I do not.
A war of the sexes has been declared. On the Amazons and all their allies. The world and it's leaders are determined to "put them in their place". Wonder Woman must unite her people to stand against the world.
Good artwork, the story is overly sexist but with good elements in it. Though it is a bit rushed in places, and too slow in others.
The Wonder Woman of Earth One is the villain. She is the Golden Age Wonder Woman (bondage gear included) adapted for the modern day (post-9/11, post-Trump, post-#MeToo America) and taken to her logical extreme. Morrison does not write for the character in his authentic authorial voice: he does not write her as a hero. He writes from the perspective of third-wave feminism, and the character is perverted through the lens of extremist feminist ideology. She is a misandrist: she hates men. Now, if you're a feminist, this is the story for you. If you hate men, this is the story for you. If you believe that men should be treated as second-class citizens (without natural or civil rights), this is the story for you. If you believe in the mythic, global "patriarchy" and want to see it overthrown, this is the story for you. But if you're a fan of superheroes (and heroes in general), if you're a fan of Wonder Woman, if you're a fan of comic books (which explore and represent the heroic ideal), if you don't agree with the gynocentrism of Western society, if you don't hate men, if you disagree with feminism, this is not the story for you.
The story is a betrayal of heroism. It's an insult and betrayal of the character of Wonder Woman. Diana is not a bigot. She is not a misandrist. She is not an extremist prejudicial supremacist. She is caring and compassionate, loving and empathetic and altruistic towards women - and men. She loves everyone: she extends her capacity to love towards anyone. She combines the strength and power of Superman with feminine beauty and elegance, poise and grace. She is not hateful. She is not vindictive and revengeful, cruel and despotic. She is not a villain. The Wonder Woman of Earth One is more successful in her plans for world conquest and domination than most versions of classic comic book villains, such as Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom. The only good man in the entire trilogy, as far as Diana is concerned, is Steve Trevor (who was race-swapped for political and ideological purposes), and he is only good because he enabled her to take over the world, and thereby impose her values and prejudices onto the world. There is no indication within the story that it is not meant to be taken seriously or sincerely. There is no indication that this is an ironic treatment of the character because were that case Diana would've learned a lesson. She would've grown and changed and matured by overcoming her hatred and prejudices towards men. If you read Morrison's annotations to his comic book Nameless, the coded message of that story is that he wants women to rise up and overthrow the "patriarchy". The future world presented in the third volume of Wonder Woman Earth One is, no doubt, the future that he wants.
It's worth comparing the Wonder Woman of Earth One to Morrison's Superman from All-Star Superman, the epitome of heroism, who, when asked why he didn't take over the world, pointed out that he "had no right to impose his values on anyone". To do so is the act of a villain, the act of a dictator, a tyrant. In the second volume of the trilogy, Dr. Psycho (an actual misogynist) rightfully points out to Diana that she - a semi-divine princess coming from a race of immortal super-women, coming from a position of privilege and plenty - has no right to judge anyone, or know what is right for anyone. She has no right to impose her values onto anyone else, let alone the entire world.
At no point in the trilogy does she ever reflect on the morality of her actions. The third volume would seem to suggest, at first, that perhaps Diana will change (although the fact that the story begins with Diana having already ruled over the world for hundreds of years, and remade it in her vision, shows that she doesn't change) when faced with Dr. Psycho's degrading and humiliating punishment by the butterfly women: ""Dr Psycho" deserved to face justice. But this is humiliation." All she does, however, is double down on her own agenda of humiliating and degrading men by coercing men into becoming the submissive servants - the slaves - of women. She embodies collectivist, neo-Marxist ideology: all men are judged the same (as an evil oppressor class) and condemned by Diana; while all women are treated the same (as a victim class that must be "liberated" from men). She has no respect for individual differences among men and women (men's capacity for good and women's capacity for evil). It's bad enough that the story takes the time to casually mock, belittle, demean, and ridicule MRAs (men's rights activists), but the story suggests that men should surrender their rights (both their natural and civil rights), that they should surrender their freedoms, and submit to the "loving authority" and "moral superiority" of women. I've read some really bad SJW comics where the characters (and the writers) hated men, but not on the scale of Wonder Woman Earth One. If you didn't know the story was written by a man (who evidently hates his own sex), you would assume it was written by a feminist who resented men and was projecting herself through the character of Diana with the ambition of representing her own wish-fulfilment fantasy. The story ticks all of the SJW comic book tropes. The wholehearted embrace of feminist ideology is also evident in the story's vernacular (substituting the word "history" with "hystery" because "history" includes the word "his", which would imply a male-dominated perspective that excludes the "lived experience" of women).
The story is hateful, sexist, misandristic propaganda. According to the world of Wonder Woman Earth One, all men are to be treated as clockwork oranges with no free will, subjected to humiliation and degradation, brainwashing and mind control, and are to be the submissive servants - the slaves - of women forever. I'm sorry to say, but the future is not female. The future is men and women working together for the best of humanity so that everyone benefits. The best comparison I could make would be with Katharine Burdekin's science fiction novel The End of This Day's Business (published posthumously in 1989). In Burdekin's novel, women also rule the world and men are treated as second-class citizens (little better than animals, for that matter). However, Burdekin was willing to call out feminism for what it is: a grudge against men. She was willing to criticise, and did not care for, what she called "reversals of privilege". She did not believe the future was female. She was against either sex being kept in a subservient status to the other. She believed that both sexes should be liberated from traditional gender roles so that anyone could become whatever they wanted to be, that liberation should be extended to both sexes equally for the benefit of all humanity. She believed in true gender equality. In her novel Proud Man (1934), she argued that the only real distinctions between men and women are biological, sexual differences (maleness and femaleness: the status of being born male or female), and that masculinity and femininity are artificial distinctions based on traditional gender roles (which are historical and cultural). She was against men being denied their masculine/male identity and history, and she was against women being denied their feminine/female identity and history. She was against either sex being denied an education or family. The Wonder Woman of Earth One does not respect any of that. The Amazons of the future deny men their masculine/male identity and history (even actively lying to men about how the universe was created). Theirs is a future based not on equality between the sexes, but the submission and subservience of one (men) to the other (women).
To repeat: Wonder Woman is not a hero in the story. She is the villain. In saying that, she's not even the worst of female characters in comics today. She's not as obnoxious or insufferable or unbearable as the likes of Harley Quinn or Kate Bishop or Carol Danvers. She's just blinded by her extremist prejudices and ideology (inherited from her mother), which makes her worse in the long run (she actually takes over the world), but on the surface just makes her extremely ignorant, self-centred, narrow-minded, and immature. She is essentially the leader of a religious cult. She is a fanatic. Unlike Peter Parker, for example, who has no excuse for not doing better (in the comics), Diana has an excuse for not doing better because she's ignorant; but, at the same time, she has no excuse for being ignorant when Dr. Psycho pointed out to her that she was in no position to judge anyone, and she chose not to listen to him, even though he was right and she was wrong. Diana does not act as a hero, she does not act under the guise of heroism. If she appears to be a hero, it is only to women, but that's not a hero. A hero does not discriminate on the grounds of sex. A hero is there for everyone, and they are not there to judge anyone. A hero does not impose their values onto anyone else. A hero is there to show people how they could live their lives better, but they do not force anyone to live by their values, and they do not force others to submit to their values.
If I have any positives about the story (and the trilogy as a whole), it's the art by Yanick Paquette. The comic is very visually pleasing. Paquette knows how to make women look very sexy and beautiful (attracting the "male gaze", which, surely, the story should oppose?). Beauty, however, is only skin-deep, and even Paquette's commendable artistry cannot compensate for the inner ugliness of Diana in the story. I have no doubts about the professionalism of Morrison or Paquette: neither is willing to lower his standards and settle for mediocrity. The story is not bad because it's unprofessional. It's bad for political and ideological reasons. Morrison had the perfect opportunity to represent Wonder Woman at her best, as a hero - as he did with Superman in All-Star Superman. He chose not to, however, and that was a mistake.
I came into this specific volume with trepidation, because I didn't like some of the choices in the previous volumes (Hercules being Diana's pater for example, or her strange easily-manipulated characterisation in the second volume), and Morrison's tendency to write brilliant high concept but surreal unnatural dialogue.
Imagine my surprise - I ADORED this volume. It was a thrilling, genuinely joyful read. I feel like Morrison gets everything right here: the homage to the Wonder Woman of the Golden Age, the high concept feminist sci-fi element, the joyful and cheeky wordplay, and following through on what a truly liberatory feminist revolution might look like, one that is deeply, and first and foremost, grounded in love.
There is so much to love here - it is camp, funny, exciting, and, if you look deeply enough, saying some vital stuff about what it might take to imagine new ways of being with one another in this world. I enjoy Diana best when she's a heroine who has something meaningful to say as much as do, and this volume just offered so much in that regard.
It's interesting to see some of the negative responses to this volume which seem to really miss that this book is so much about love, not hate. It explores in interesting ways the tension between forcing change and encouraging it, the strength of resistance and fragility that shows up to new world changing ideas, and what we might need to let go of in order to transform ourselves and the world we live in. It holds Diana in contrast to more "extreme" viewpoints of her sisters and other characters, but still retains her potential as a liberatory hero who braves new ground to find ways forward. I wouldn't say absolutely every attempt to explore those themes worked for me, but the ones that didn't were few, and the ones that did were genuinely uplifting.
And on top of that, this book is absolutely FULL of action and adventure! Reading the above (and other reviews) you could miss that it's also action-packed, made all the more riveting by Paquette's artwork which is really everything this story needed.
I laughed out loud reading this comic, I smiled, I triumphed, and I know I'll read it again.
Those describing this as “man hating and sexist” completely missed the point of this whole trilogy and Wonder Woman’s creators idea of the character.
Go in with an open mind