Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 219


Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 219

General Info

Issue No:
219 (548)
On Sale Date:
July 2005
Cover Date:
September 2005
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
Sacrifice - Part Four

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
J. G. Jones
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Penciller:
Rags Morales, David Lopez, Tom Derenick, Georges Jeanty, Karl Kerschl
Inker:
Mark Propst, Bit, Dexter Vines, Bob Petrecca, Nelson
Letterer:
Todd Klein
Colourist:
Richard Horie, Tanya Horie
Editor:
Ivan Cohen

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana)
Heroes:
Superman (Kal El/Clark Kent)
Villains:
Maxwell Lord
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
N/A
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This issue is effectively one long fight scene and only features three characters.

The “Sacrifice” story line, which is a fundamental crossroads in the relationship of the “Trinity” – Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – was told in four parts across “Superman” #219, “Action Comics” #829 and “”Adventures of Superman” #642.

This shocking event obviously caused much furore and debate amongst fans and non fans alike. Some felt Diana’s actions had been totally wrong and that killing a human in cold blood, however evil, was never justifiable. Others argued that this was the only way to stop an out of control Superman rampaging everywhere and potentially killing thousands or even millions or innocent people.
In my personal view, she was right to do what she did. What so many people fail to understand is that Diana is not a super hero like the other members of the DC Universe. She is first and foremost an Amazon warrior and secondly an Ambassador for her nation, trying to bring the ideals of peace and justice to Patriarch’s world. The fact that others are opposed to her mission and try to stop her, causing her to defend herself and protect the lives of the innocents around her, are a side effect of this mission. Superman and Batman’s ideals are different because they come from totally different cultures and backgrounds. They would never kill. Even when there was no other choice. But Diana comes from a race of warriors who know the ways of war and although they live by a code of peace and love, also know that violence sometimes begets violence.
Only Wonder Woman has the courage of her convictions to do what is right when the time comes. As she states herself in “Infinite Crisis” #1 – “I am who the world needs me to be”. Which makes Diana such an interesting and complex character and, at least in my eyes, more of a true modern hero for our times than her male counterparts could even hope to be.

But with all things there are always consequences. Obviously, if Diana’s actions become known to the outside world what might happen then? What indeed…

Synopsis

This issue follows directly on from events in “Adventures of Superman” #642, where a mind controlled Superman has attacked and almost killed Batman in the JLA Watchtower, but for the intervention of Diana. When the Man of Steel escapes the JLA and flies down to Max Lord’s lair in Switzerland, Diana follows him, telling the others that her gifts of “Truth” may protect her from Max Lord’s very powerful psychic mind controlling abilities.
When she arrives at the Chateau she is grabbed by a waiting Superman and forced to her knees. Lord tries to control her but apparently fails and she gets to her feet.
He then makes Superman attack Wonder Woman by making him see a vision of Doomsday killing Lois Lane. Thinking Diana is his foe, he grabs her by the throat and flies her towards the sun, intent on throwing her in. As she struggles to use a piece of Kryptonite that Batman has given her, Superman burns her cheek with his heat vision. She finally manages to break free but before she can use the Kryptonite, Superman punches her with such force that she is sent crashing back down to Earth.
As she struggles to her feet, trying to reason with him, he blasts her with freezing air entombing her in ice. As he lifts a rock to finish her though, he finds she has already gone and has secretly crept up behind him. She smashes her bracelets against his ears, causing him to bellow in pain as his super sensitive hearing is shattered by the noise. Wonder Woman then tries to wrap her lasso around him but he grabs her wrist and they grapple. He finally snaps her wrist causing her to scream in pain. She retaliates by kicking and sending him flying, realising that the only way to stop this battle is to go to the source.
She flies back to Max Lord’s lair and wrapping her lasso around him, orders him to stop. As Superman arrives to attack her again she throws her tiara and slices through Kal El’s throat. Max Lord releases his hold over Superman but gloats that he can control the Man of Steel any time he chooses and that she cannot hold him in her lasso forever. As soon as he is free he will make Superman kill Lois Lane or anybody he chooses. She compels him to reveal how to stop this from happening and he tells her she will have to kill him. Without hesitation she snaps his neck as a horrified Superman looks on!