Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 125


Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 125

General Info

Issue No:
125 (454)
On Sale Date:
July 1997
Cover Date:
September 1997
Era:
Dark Age
Story Title:
Deathwatch

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Jose Luis Garcia Lopez
Writer:
John Byrne
Penciller:
John Byrne
Inker:
John Byrne
Letterer:
John Byrne
Colourist:
Patricia Mulvihill
Editor:
Paul Kupperberg

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Cassie Sandsmark, Helena Sandsmark, Mike Schorr, Donna Troy
Heroes:
Superman (Kal El/Clark Kent), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), The Flash (Wally West), Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Villains:
Neron
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
Hippolyta, Artemis
Other:
Etrigan The Demon (Jason Blood), Merlin, Rabbi Wilkofsky
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Unfortunately, while Wonder Woman’s fan-base is probably one of the most loyal in the comics industry, the impact of her death barely merited a mention in the wider community, unlike the furore that occurred when Superman died, when even the National Press were running stories about it. Of course, it could be argued that Superman’s death had been the result of a heroic and titanic fight against the all powerful Doomsday, whereas Wonder Woman’s last moments were a one panel “zapping” by Neron. Hardly the sort of valiant, honourable death fitting a noble warrior such as Diana?

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez provides a particularly poignant cover however.

Synopsis

Superman arrives at Gateway Memorial Hospital and immediately visits Wonder Woman who lies in the intensive care unit. The prognosis by the doctor is devastating because Wonder Woman got her soul incinerated by Neron. Donna Troy recounts the events in Neron’s realm for Superman including the fact that Neron seemed to be startled when Donna arrived there with the Amazons of Themyscira and that Neron actually had his attacks focused on her and not on Wonder Woman.

TV reports quickly spread the news regarding Wonder Woman’s condition and so other heroes independently come to help or at least pay their respect to their female comrade. Martian Manhunter tries to reach out for Diana via telepathy, but gets rejected painfully. Then Green Lantern arrives, but in this situation his power ring is useless. On his way out Kyle runs into Donna, but they do not speak with each other.

After more visits by Flash and Batman, Superman calls them all together. He and Martian Manhunter try to use their powers to heal Wonder Woman, but the well conceived plan fails …