- What are your opinions on this version of Silver Swan?
Well, honestly, I haven’t seen any of the other versions. I do like the tragedy with this character, though. Armbruster is a bit bland as villains go, and he’s the real bad guy, so that’s a bit disappointing, but Silver Swan herself is fairly engaging.
- Do you like the Wonder Woman/Superman pairing in general? What do you think about Wonder Woman’s feelings toward Superman in these issues?
No. Not at all.
Accordingly, in these issues, I… actually do kind of like it. Diana was raised on an island with, essentially, nobody but mother figures around. So while I think the pairing has zero chemistry, it’s an interesting and believable bit of characterization for Diana that she would develop this kind of immature schoolgirl crush on somebody early on, and Superman is just a nice, charming guy.
In this series, Diana is always written as someone who is, in a lot of ways, mature well beyond her years. She’s selfless, understanding, and level-headed. But in other ways, she’s led a very sheltered life, and when that shows up, it sort of balances her out and keeps her characterization from just being “is perfect.”
- Are you a fan of the New Gods being involved in stories featuring Wonder Woman and vice versa?
Honestly, they’re not really in here all that much. Darkseid’s attack on Olympus sets in motion some important events for the Olympians themselves, but as far as I remember, the reasoning behind the attack hasn’t really been followed up on even as of issue #53 (which is where I’ve read to). In principle, I think the idea has some merit. When DC characters (other than Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Orion, etc.) start interacting with the Fourth World, they can kind of feel like guest stars in their own books because of the sheer scale of Kirby’s mythos, but I could see it at least being the basis for a single major story arc.
- What did you enjoy about this version of Circe?
This arc had an interesting sort of horror theme, with Circe as sort of a creeping influence in the background, so that was pretty cool.
- How are you feeling about the team dynamics? Are there any interactions you want to see more from?
I’m not really sure yet, honestly. I think my big issue is that on this magic-themed team, a majority of the members are not actual magic users. And sure, the fact that they’re outsiders (but they’re not all outsiders; that would make for an excessively wordy hashtag) is a plot point, but I feel like since the magic users are the ones who are being directly affected, the stakes are higher for them.
The tension between Wonder Woman and Zatanna was interesting. Maybe it’s just because they’re the characters here that I was most interested in to begin with, but I like it anyway. In fact, I always like seeing characters who have theoretically been teammates a lot (though maybe not in the new continuity?), but haven’t really been written as interacting with each other very much.
- How do you feel about the origins of magic as described in this issue?
Maybe I missed something (my eyes tend to kind of glaze over when I get to wall-of-exposition pages; it happens even with good books, so I understand that these things are kind of a necessary evil, but they’re an evil none the less), but there didn’t seem to be that much that was noteworthy. The only thing is that I’m curious how this relates to the gods. They have generally (or at least sometimes) been written as magical entities of some sort, but they clearly don’t share a common origin with human sorcerers.
- What do you predict the Witch Mark could lead to?
I also don’t recall seeing the words “Witch Mark” anywhere in the issue, so either I was a very inattentive reader, or… more like Which Mark, am I right? In all seriousness, I tried looking for it on DC Database, but all I found were references to the Weather Wizard and a horror comic from 1970.