Space Pyrates!

Issue #66, Sept. '92: "A Sudden Deadly Leap": William Messner-Loebs—writer; Paris Cullins—penciller; Robert Campanella—inker; Dan Thorsland, who fires the retro-rockets.

cover of issue 66 as Diana dons a spacesuit

A sequence shows us 18 months ago as, 150 miles over Russia, a small space station sets up. Then, a week ago... uh... it sparkles in the sunlight? We see sun and station and Earth. Somehow it's supposed to show us a problem happening, but...? (Fail!)

Boston, today: Diana is at a beauty parlor (and our art unfortunately shows her awfully. The art in this era is not great, though it has its moments). Diana explains to a confused hair washer that "there is no greater pleasure than righteous battle," and that she doesn't really fight for peace, but rather struggle for a world without violence.

The washer asks: "What if your Amazons were up against something rilly tough... so you knew you COULDN'T win? What would you do?"

"Then we would laugh," Diana responds.

Then the social secretary for one Thomas Asquith Randolph (hey! He suddenly got an additional first name!) summons Diana in person. The washer identifies Randolph as Boston's resident hero for "longer than anyone remembers." Now in semi-retirement, Randolph was known as Mr. Magic (no "k" now) during the Forties, the White Sorcerer in the Sixties, and was with a superhero group called the Echoes of Justice in the Seventies. "Now, he does SUPER-SECRET JOBS for the government! Everybody knows that!" Diana laughs at that concept. Randolph's name is only "strangely familiar" to her because the spell he, as the White Magician, last performed on her erased her memory of him.

So Diana dutifully calls upon the magician who plays at being retired, at his estate, which has been restored somehow after Diana/Eclipso destroyed it. Flashing a photo, he tells Diana that an electrical failure has damaged the Russian-Israeli space station, which carries a cosmonaut, Natasha Teranova. She has at most twelve hours of air left, but the countries involved want no bad publicity.

"But what can I do?" Diana asks. "I can't fly into space!" Hunh. Say, Diana, what about that Invisible Plane of yours? Apparently forgotten or consigned to atmospheric use only. Wait, you don't have it yet. Okay, you get a pass on this for now.

Diana in a spacesuitRandolph has a private space force, whose team of techs has captured a rocket sled from Apokolips. It was designed to be piloted by a hunger dog, so only Diana (since other heroes are unavailable) can take it on a rescue mission without being smashed to jelly by the forces involved. Diana discovers that Randolph strangely has a spacesuit ready for her, and takes off.

In the station, Tasha Teranova practices her hobby of magic as she records a message for her 8-year-old daughter, whose name changes throughout the story and finally settles on Mishka. Tasha tries to be positive about seeing her daughter again, and is alarmed when Diana enters. For some reason Tasha thinks it's an attack. Diana speaks English and Tasha, Russian, and it is only when Diana chastises herself in Greek (that's ANCIENT Greek, not modern) does Tasha recognize the language. (Though Tasha is fluent in MODERN Greek, attracted to it since "Greeks were the first magicians." (???) Oh, it's all alike, isn't it?)

Tasha entertains Diana with her tricks, and Diana sets up the spare oxygen. Diana will use her ship to nudge the station into safe reentry, and then follow it down. It will be difficult, but, as Diana says, "If it's not difficult, it's not fun!"

Elsewhere, we see a shadowed man called "sire" by a turbaned man. I don't think this is the White Magician, so I'll look ahead a few arcs and suggest that this is the first time we'll see Ares Buchanan. He keeps watch on the station via computer and tells the turbaned man to call their "friends" back and "tell them the matter is... EXECUTED." Then he hits a button.

At that a spacewarp (boomtube?) opens next to the station, sucking it in and damaging it. The two voyagers wake to find they can't see Earth any longer, but are near a strange world instead. (They keep speaking of being flung "thousands" of miles, which bugs the HECK out of me! How about thousands of parsecs instead?) Diana says in essence that they can despair later, and goes about salvaging her sled's engines while Tasha figures how to fire them. It takes two weeks to accomplish, but Diana holds the engines together on an outer armature with the help of her lasso. They hope to attract the attention of one of the many space-faring races by their movement.

The engines fire and Tasha continues narration for her daughter: "We are voyaging almost naked into the cold maw of death... and yet a minute ago when I turned on the suit communicators...

Diana straining as she guides the ships. Tasha's narration says she hears her laughing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"She was laughing..."

Letters: Gary Hellen, Nancy Champion, Robert J. Tolleson, Neil Ahlquist, Chris Khalaf, Robert Hemedes.

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Issue #67, Oct. '92, "Barren, Rocky, and Cold": William Messner-Loebs—writer; Paris Cullens—penciller; Robert Campanella—inker; Brian Augustyn—editor (Thorsland had left DC, announced in previous issue)

A beginning note tells us that this is a 5-part story. Funny; I count six.

Two weeks have passed. Tasha surprises Diana with her magic tricks as they while away the hours. By request, she also recounts the last recital her daughter had, though Diana has heard it many times. Their radio is still transmitting across all frequencies. Tasha logically assumes they'll die at some point.

"You're not getting into the spirit of SURVIVING this," Diana tells her. Perhaps they will indeed die, "but there's no point in LOOKING FORWARD to it."

Diana gets suited up for space (going commando underneath her suit. Was that shot really necessary?) to set off a huge explosion. Now get this: "THAT should cause some interference on RADIOS for miles around!" she gloats. This is another case of really, really small space distances and ignorance of light speeds. Hello, editor?

Diana regrets that her friends and mother won't know what's happened to her, won't know that she's died. "Randolph has taken even THAT from me, and I CURSE his BONES for it!... That's assuming we are going to DIE, which we are NOT! We've had our twenty minutes of BROODING for today. Time to CHEER UP!"

Diana's idea of such is to use the gym onboard (how handy! And how handy again that it can stand up to her strength!). When she gets to her 1000th rep, a huge spaceship appears and swallows them. Gas starts to flood from their air vents, knocking them out. Large purple males come aboard and start stripping their clothing from them. Diana awakes enough to protest, but she is pistol whipped into unconsciousness. The aliens discover her Wonder suit.

Tasha and a badly-bruised Diana wake, garbed in gray tunics, on a bleak and hot planet. They see it is a prison, and Tasha reports seeing many ("must be a million") prisoners, all women. They are the only two humans. Airships patrol, adding to the giant ground guards, and there is a fence around the area.

An energy weapon "communicates" that it's time for them to go to work. Diana accidentally bumps into a Khund, who neither understands nor cares for Diana's apology. She belts Diana, who is surprised by the attack. When Diana recovers, she passes by a chasm in which piles of skeletons lie. Sand eels devour the bodies, leaving only the bones behind. She muses that all the prisoners seem to be without hope. She begins to find out more about the dangers of the place.

The Khund cuts in front of her in the line for gruel, and Diana physically objects. She wants to keep her flight ability secret for the moment, but she is determined to get to the food. The women's fight has them rolling around the area, and Diana discovers that the fence is electrified. It dazes both of them.

A full-page panel shows a battered Diana's face.A badly bruised Diana points out to a defeated Tasha that they are better off here than in the ship. There they were certain to die. Here they have time to rest, heal, and have access to food and water. Diana notes that they are surrounded by the stuff of revolution. She also notes one final item in their favor:

The full-page final panel shows Diana's reasoning: "They let me live," she growls.

Letters: Robert J. Tolleson, The Great Buck, Chris Darr, Jovani Alcala, Nancy Champion, David Scot, Tony Traughber, Alex Roman.

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Issue #68, Nov. '92, "Breaking Bonds": William Messner-Loebs—writer; Paris Cullens—penciller; Frank McLaughlin—guest inker; Brian Augustyn—edits

Tasha narrates a mental letter to her daughter as she notes that she has been a prisoner for at least three months. She has decided to call their prison planet "Hope's End." It seems to be smaller than Earth, and close to a purple-tinted sun (which is colored in shades of white, yellow and orange. Hellooo, editor). The atmosphere has less oxygen and considerably less water vapor than Earth. She estimates day temps averaging 120 degrees and night ones at 30°.

Diana has used her super vitality to help the other slaves, and is an inspiration. She accomplishes a full third of the camp's work. Diana has warned Tasha not to speak of any escape plans, for she believes the aliens listen through the collars they are forced to wear. That would explain the quick quashing of what escape attempts there have been. Instead, the two read each other's lips when reporting, or write in the sand.

Diana still finds she can laugh, but she is the only one. She sometimes protects the others from the guards' warrantless beatings. She gives some of her rations to the starving children who also live in the camps.

Tasha's job is that of a miner. She works in tiny tunnels until someone pulls her out by her feet. She mentions that she's claustrophobic, which makes no sense for someone chosen to be a cosmonaut. There are many casualties because of the tendency for the tunnels to cave in.

Again the Khund baits Diana, only this time she has an ambush set up, and Diana is beaten badly. Tasha is held back so she can't aid Diana, and she recalls a Daxamian prisoner who is displayed for the others to see, who is kept bound, her eyes covered by bloody cloth. This is why Diana doesn't fly off from the fight; so she can have a surprise waiting in reserve when needed.

A red-skinned alien named H'geln (later blue-skinned and H'Elgn) tells them of the people who hold them, through the pidgin Galactica that they've picked up. This is the Kreel Empire (later called the Sangtee Empire, darned editing), said to maintain death planets like this one all over the galaxy. The Kreel/Sangtee have only one gender, currently male, and this changes throughout the entire society every century. It is only then that young are born. All the males hate females; thus, the slave camps.

First of all, this explanation changes a bit over the course of the story. Second, this is that awful separation of the genders, men are bad, women are good, thing that I hate so much. It would have been so easy to make the Sangtee xenophobes, wouldn't it? Change that one factor and the story would be stellar.

We see Diana steal out at night to hunt for lizards, which she eats raw. The Khund catches her doing this, but as they stare at each other, Diana offers a lizard to her and she accepts it. The reasoning could be that the Khund now recognizes Diana as a fellow hunter, for from then on the attacks stopped.

Another month passes, with the advent of a small rebellion. They watch to see the prisoners beamed up to the guard ships, and then beamed back, bound and sedated, for punishment. Diana is the only one who smiles at this.

When Diana makes a yoke to help some of the weaker women carry their load, the guards object. They knock her into the sand eel pit, but the women whom Diana has helped follow to save her. In the meantime the Khund takes the opportunity to revolt and the fighting spreads. The guard ships hurry to the scene. Tasha is beamed aboard one.

Diana leaps to it and crashes in. She throttles a guard, ordering him to tell her how to free the prisoners. He does, and they find a pilot among the prisoners. A power station opens fire on them, but Diana aims the teleporters at the station and manages to disrupt the station so it collapses. (Convenient!)

The Daxamian escapes, but is transported onto their ship and sedated. Diana flies after a space-worthy ship, whose crew is demoralized and runs from it, which leaves it for Diana to use. (Also convenient.)

Their 22 ex-slaves take off into space as Diana declares that she is going to stop the entire Kreel/Sangtee Empire from enslaving anyone else.

Letters: good ol' Neil Ahlquist, Bob Clinton, Rey P. Beltran, David Young.

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Issue #69, Dec. '92, "Noble Pyrates All": William Messner-Loebs—writer; Paris Cullens—penciller; Robert Campanella—inker; Ande Parks and Aaron McClellan—ink assists; Brian Augustyn—edits

cover of issue 69 as Diana aims a bowWe presumably skip ahead six months, and the Kreel's empire is now called the Sangtee Empire. A sector governor hears the story of how five fighter ships have been lost. They had been escorting two slave freighters in an area of pirate activity, and had been tricked into thinking a ship they came upon was a wreck with more available slaves inside.

Instead those slaves rose up, overcame their boarders and took their armor. Then they rigged a diversion and used that to board the fighters.

The leader introduces herself as "Diana, captain of the unbound ship Hypolita [sic]." She also welcomes them to the free sector. She claims not to have broken any laws because running slaves is "outside any LAW or CIVILIZATION!" She says that anyone who does so deserves to die, and her people agree with her.

She gives the squadron leader an out. Obviously he had no idea what he was escorting, she says. So she'll let them go on their way after she takes their slaves off his hands, plus the ships to transport them and treasure to support them. They will be keeping the Imperial Advisor, A'Iir.

 

The squadron captain The squad captain can only prostrate himself in front of Diana. He then shows the governor what Diana and her people did to him: they tattooed his forehead with the =W=.

"Several thousand kilometers away" (augh! Why don't these people learn astronomical units of measure?) is an asteroid field where Diana's pirates have their base. There is one large asteroid with natural tunnels that they use.

A Dominator, Sakritt (I pronounce it "Sakrete," because I've poured so much of that stuff), is Diana's impatient and glowering advisor and strategizer, who doesn't appreciate Tasha's magic tricks. Another also speaks up, saying that they should all take what they have and run far from the Emperor's reach.

Diana disagrees. "Nothing is more IMPORTANT than STOPPING this slavery... NOTHING! And if I have to turn this DIRTY little corner of the galaxy into a FUNERAL PYRE to do it, then I will!"

Sakritt hopes that they will not be the ones who end up being burned. Thus we see the beginning of an undercurrent of mutiny brewing.

Diana has the slaves trained in survival arts and archaic weaponry like bows and arrows. When asked why, Diana says, "A BOW or a QUARTER-STAFF teaches patience and precision... They can easily master COMPLEX WEAPONS. I want them to master THEMSELVES!"

But H'Elgn shows Diana the high tech they are also training the women in. One of these is a hologram projector, which fools Diana into atatcking what looks like an invading force. H'Elgn has also come up with an optic prosthesis for the Daxamian (who is consistently referred to as a "Daxamite."). No one has been able to fit it to her, since the woman has gone insane. She'd been tortured and blinded by the empire.

Diana opens the vault that holds the Daxamian, reminding Tasha that Daxamians are as powerful as Superman, and Tasha's sending more guards to help won't solve any problems. Diana finds the woman deep inside the tunnels inside the vault. She is just sitting there, her eyes gauged out.

Diana talks with her, not knowing if she knows English or Galactica or not. She wants to call the Daxamian by a name, and asks if she can call her Julia, after Julia Kapatelis. How nice that writers want to increase the name doubling that the mythos already abounds with. Diana explains the prosthetic eye, and that it is said a human system couldn't survive being hooked up with it, and there will be pain.

With the eye in, Julia is pain-crazed and grabs Diana by the neck. Outside the vault, people hear Julia's screams, but before they can collect more armory and enter, Diana emerges with Julia in tow. "She's going to be joining us," Diana announces.

When Diana wants to speak to Chief Advisor A'Iir, she's told that Ectreba, the Khund, and her crew have already taken him. They have him hung upside-down over a fire pit, but he won't talk. Diana arrives and accuses Ectreba of mutiny, and Ectreba replies that she respects her, but she is being a good Khund and her system works.

Diana punches her in the gut. "CUT him DOWN, or I'll do it myself!" she orders Ectreba's crew. Then she annoucnes that she and Ectreba will interrogate him together after he's recovered. Tasha asks why, and Diana explains that they need her strength, plus there are many who follow Ectreba and not Diana.

"They'll POISON you while you sleep," Tasha says of Ectreba and Sakritt.

"Perhaps," Diana replies, "or they may topple an empire."

The next day the Emperor awakens to see an image that has appeared over every provincial capital in the sector. It is the face of Diana and comes with the message: "To the COWARD who calls himself emperor of the Sangtee... RELEASE all the SLAVES you hold or be DESTROYED! I will come into your viper's court and BRAND you with my signet of FREEDOM. I am DIANA of the FREE SISTERHOOD!"

Letters: Neil Ahlquist, Jonathan Veazey, Jose Colon, Robert J. Tolleson, Ray. P. Beltran, Paul Girard, Ben Jones, Brian Saner-Lamken

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Issue #70, Jan. '93, "Once I was a Slave": William Messner-Loebs—writer; Paris Cullens—penciller; Romeo Tanghal & Ande Parks—inkers; Brian Augustyn—edits

Now weeks pass. Diana's image appears everywhere. Attacks on spaceports increase. The slave population is growing restless, and graffitti of the =W= becomes a rallying sign for revolt. It is even appearing in the back streets of the imperial capital. Ships captains are surrendering before Diana can fire a shot, for she is known for clemency.

Now the history of the Sangtee changes (or perhaps H'Elgn got the story wrong) (or the editor did), in that they now remain male for 1000 years and not just 100. The emperor says that it is right to imprison females because the war between (argh) males and females is a natural thing. To do otherwise "will dishonor our ancestors and destroy our culture." Diana uses a hologram of herself to goad the visiting emperor, a governor and his aides.

Back at base, they all get a huge kick out of it. But Ectreba wants them all dead. Diana notes that she's riled the emperor enough to get him into the quadrant, but now wonders how they can make him mad enough to do something stupid.

"Cut off his legs and SUCK the MARROW out of them!" Ectreba says as she fondles her sword. "I find that generally works!"

Diana replies, "That subtle Khund humor...! It never fails to lift my SPIRITS."

Diana questions A'Iir, who informs her of court protocol but never anything to do with the emperor. After he's left, Sakritt notes that he'd mentioned "terrible secrets." She lets Diana see the records she's found concerning the emperor.

He was cloned 26 years before and immediately began emperor training. Diana remarks that she'd assumed the Sangtee were all 1000 years old, born during the period when they changed genders. The emperor was hidden for his first fifteen years, and the women cannot discover if this was odd or not. What is odd is that he's widely popular with the masses, but not within the imperial bureaucracy. Diana orders more investigation into the emperor's childhood.

A week passes, and the women notice the emperor gathering hostages. Diana draws Sakritt aside and asks her when the mutiny is scheduled. Diana knows that she has 20 people, including Ectreba, ready.

Sakritt tells her that betrayal is the highest of tributes, for a leader should be able to survive treason, else they have no right to rule. Diana asks her to hold off for two days, so she may complete her plans for the emperor, and Sakritt agrees.

Yet when the emperor has finished compiling his group of slave hostages, Sakritt appears before him to disclose Diana's plan of stowing away on one of his transport vessels. She is captured, along with her colleagues. When she asks Sakritt why, Sakritt replies that it is her nature to do so.

The emperor plots Diana's execution, but his now-returned aide, A'Iir, turns out to be Diana herself with a hologram wrapped around her. The other Diana was Tasha in disguise. (But who was the fake Tasha?) She uses magic tricks to distract her guards and kayos them—"the old 'crowbar in the bouquet' trick." Then Julia bursts from the transport.

(Narrative tells us she was originally captured via gas. Gas—take down a Daxamian?) Diana has given her a "rebreather" now and she wreaks destruction on the city as a destraction. All the ships are destroyed. Diana flies away from the emperor for some odd reason, leaving him alone with his now chief advisor, Bruct.

Bruct pulls a gun on him. "You should have been strangled at birth," he says, adding that the emperor has "twisted genes." (Instead of merely genetic blips, we find out next issue that he is "biologically female.") But before he can fire, he finds himself ensnarled in the Magic Lasso. Diana has found her costume and tools, confiscated by the Sangtee (though she still wears the huge hoop earrings she had as a pirate).

Under the lasso's influence Bruct confesses that females have begun to be born in his race, even among within the royal line. Those are taken and "trained" (??) out of having female characteristics.

Diana talks with the emperor, pointing out that his/her culture is dying because it fears the female. "I fought you to empty the SLAVE PITS," Diana says. "But I'm just a pirate and an adventurer. Only an EMPEROR can change an EMPIRE!"

For the sake of the empire, the emperor decides she is correct and he/she must work to change it. Diana's war has been won and she looks forward now to sleeping for a month.

Letters: David Scott, Nancy Champion, Mark Phillips, Neil Ahlquist, and Michael Alleni.

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Issue #71, Feb. '93, "Home Again": William Messner-Loebs—writer; Paris Cullens—penciller; Romeo Tanghal—inker; Brian Augustyn—edits

cover of issue 71 as Diana wrestles with JuliaNow instead of Tasha writing letters to her daughter, we see Julia Kapatelis writing a letter to Diana, telling her that she's been gone so long, everyone thinks she must be dead. But Julia still holds hope.

Now wearing a combination of her WW costume and pirate outfit, Diana speaks with the emperor. She ensures that the slave trade won't be restarted, else the pirates will dog the imperial commercial space routes.

Diana and her crew finish freeing all remaining slaves, while she and Tasha search for Earth. By now Diana and Tasha speak their own private language, a mishmash of Russian and ancient Greek. Sakritt has chosen to ship out with Ectreba, to serve as her advisor (and string-puller).

But Julia the Daxamian has gone berserk. She attacks a Sangtee who has done nothing to her. As Diana breaks it up, she hears Julia speak shards of English. She tries to talk down Julia, to tell her that if she kills, she'll only regret it later, but only succeeds in getting Julia to agree that if she can beat Diana, then she can kill the man.

Thus proceeds a three-page melee of a medium-power-level Diana vs a Superman-power-level Julia. Diana is skilled; Julia is angry. Finally Julia concedes.

"She LET you win, right?" Tasha says to Diana as she helps her away.

"The battle just gave her time to think. Get me to a HOT BATH before I scream."

Later, the emperor remarks on Diana's "feminine mercy," and asks how it feels to be a woman. Diana replies, "Good. It feels... good."

Julia's knowledge of English also includes a knowledge of Earth, we may assume, because now H'Elgn can align imperial transfer stations (transporter units) to the correct coordinates. Diana says that Ectreba will be the new captain of the pirates, and there can't be two. Sakritt (now Sakreet; too late; I'm ignoring it) asks to see Diana (and Tasha) in a large hall. Diana wonders what satisfaction Sakritt can get out of whatever she has planned.

Everyone is there, all the ones from her prison planet, all the pirates who had fought with her. Sakritt speaks for the group:

"We are here becaussse, without you, we swould be a field of CORPSSSESS. Anonymousss mud. You found uss thusss and freed uss. No, more. Taught ussss to free ourssselvesss. You are the finest CAPTAIN and the finest FRIEND, we shall, any of us, know. Do not forget us."

The company raise their arms in salute, and Diana is proudly touchedAs one, the company raises their arms in a salute. Diana looks all choked up. "As though she could forget them, any of them," we are told.

We'd seen a brief scene of the White Magician and his reporter mistress lounging at a ritzy Boston pool. She wants him to admit that he's responsible for Diana's disappearance—and this is the first we hear that Paradise Island has also disappeared.

Randolph says, "Granted, I never liked the poor girl, and I have rather TAKEN her place..." but he won't admit doing away with her. The reporter (oh, what is her name?) thinks otherwise.

Now we look in on Julia K., writing one last letter to Diana and telling her of what has happened in the year-plus she's been gone. The kitten Aristotle, it turns out, has been named Arachne after having had a litter of kittens. (That's responsible pet ownership!) Vanessa is doing better at high school and is parliamentarian of her class and in the debating society as well as on the wrestling team. She also has a boyfriend. After a period of deep depression ("she seemed to see your disappearance as a BETRAYAL"), three weeks ago she seemed to be saying goodbye to Diana when Julia spotted her sitting in Diana's room.

Julia has been doing fieldwork, and when she returned, she broke her ankle. Inspector Indelicato visited her to read from the manuscript of his new novel, After Shock, which got published. He's currently working on the sequel, After-Burn.

Hearing that Tasha has reappeared in Red Square, the White Magician's face twists in apprehension.Back at the pool on another day (maybe), the mistress receives a phone call about a breaking story. She tells Randolph that apparently one Natasha Teranova, a female cosmonaut, just appeared in Red Square, claiming to have been lost in space. The look on Randolph's face as he realizes the extent of that news is priceless.

Our final page is Julia finishing her letter to Diana and telling her that she finally accepts her death. The doorbell rings, she opens the door, and it is Diana. "Hello, Julia," Diana says.

And they embrace.

 

 

Diana shows up at Julia's door and they embrace. Diana says, "Hello, Julia."

Letters: David Scott, Jason Allen, Nancy Champion, Jim Jackson.

A damn fine story with an unfortuately long comics time timeline. If only the sexism could have been changed to xenophobia (with the emperor a half-breed or somesuch), it would have been so much BETTER. In fact, I'd encourage DC to tweak it to such and redo it—this time with outstanding art—as a graphic novel. I bet readers would eat it up.

I do think it was the art of this arc that makes people not recall it with such good feelings. There were a couple places that shone—and lord knows, the beaten-up Diana was depicted well—but all in all it wasn't the easiest to get through. And the editorial mistakes, the constant name-shifts, are absolutely inexcusable. I don't care if WML doesn't check his manuscripts for such; an editor doing his/her job should catch it.

The story was exciting, it was different (WW in spaaace!), it was packed with interesting characters and plots and action and trials and glorious triumphs. We saw Diana acting as a real Wonder Woman: not afraid to die but pressuring herself to find a way out of her predicament. Not afraid to kill, but preferring to help others as well as herself work together and see a better way. Making jokes. Laughing in the face of certain doom. Wonder Woman changed the course of an entire star empire. (One that the rest of the DCU conveniently ignores. I regard that as a sexist decision on TPTB's part. If they ignore the Sangtee Empire, a major WW storyline, they can ignore WW's greatness. After all, she's only a chick.)

Why then can't WW begin to effect change on DCU Earth? She doesn't have to suddenly make things better for everyone, but there should be pockets here and there, people here and there, who have Seen the Wonder Light. Oh right: "only a chick" syndrome.

Why haven't we seen Tasha since? Granted, she was merely in place as Diana's foil for this story, someone Diana could talk to and share her reasoning with. Still, they spent more than a year side by side, and were still close friends at the end.

This arc is completely recommended. C'mon, DC! If you can't adapt it into a graphic novel, at least reprint it so that the kids today can see what it is a real Wonder Woman can do!

 

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