Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 172


Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 172

General Info

Issue No:
172 (501)
On Sale Date:
July 2001
Cover Date:
September 2001
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
Her Mother's Daughter

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Adam Hughes
Writer:
Phil Jimenez
Penciller:
Phil Jimenez
Inker:
Andy Lanning
Letterer:
Comicraft
Colourist:
Patricia Mulvihill
Editor:
Eddie Berganza

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Cassie Sandsmark (Wonder Girl)
Heroes:
Superman (Kal El/Clark Kent), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
Villains:
N/A
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
Hippolyta, Artemis, Philippus
Other:
Julia (The Daxamite)
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Comments

In this beautifully structured and well paced land mark issue by Phil Jimenez, Hippolyta dies. The death of key characters in comic books is always a hit and miss affair, with the writer rarely able to truly convey the magnitude of the event and the sorrow involved for those loved ones left behind. This issue must rank as one of the finest ever written in my view however – and along with issue 170 is probably Jimenez’s finest work on this run.

Of course, the majority of fans were dismayed that such a key figure in Wonder Woman’s life was “killed” purely for the sake of “spicing up” an otherwise dreadful cross over event. They felt Hippolyta had been killed off completely unnecessarily and hoped that this was another of comicdom’s typical “temporary” deaths. But the powers that be at DC had not finished tearing apart William Moulton Marston’s legacy quite yet.

The key events of this issue are also mirrored in “Superman in Action” #781

Synopsis

Hippolyta makes the ultimate sacrifice to save both her daughter and the City of Athens from annihilation. Horrifically burned and disfigured, she dies in her weeping daughter’s arms, tragically unable to speak and say the things she wants to say to Diana.