Jun 8, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 834: Wonder Woman #252, February 1979


We've jumped ahead a few years, and Wonder Woman's trials appear to be over - and now she's training to be an astronaut?

There must be a story behind why, but I'm afraid I'm not privy to it. Indeed, the fact that Diana faces off against Astarte, today's villain, while on the Moon kind of makes her work toward becoming an astronaut moot. Perhaps there's a bigger story going on, a reason that Diana might be pursuing this path, but considering she's part of a superhero team with a space-bound headquarters, and that her robot plane can fly into space, and that she has an "Amazonian spacesuit" (which seems to be invisible too), there seems to be little good reason to place her civilian identity into a place that might be better served, and better serve, a non-powered human.

All of which is to say, I didn't really get what was going on in today's comic, either in the Diana Prince storyline or the Wonder Woman storyline. But, as far as the WW story, she didn't really understand what was going on either. A strange woman named for a Babylonian goddess in a flying space snake comes to Earth, or Earth orbit, accusing Wonder Woman of being evil, and tries to push her soul from her body, only to be shocked at Diana's selfless act in stopping a space shuttle from crashing into the moon.

(Side note: the creators of this comic seem to think that the Moon is within less than a day's travel for the Space Shuttle. Umm.....)

The answers to who Astarte is are promised to be revealed next issue, but I don't have it, so don't hold your breath. This will just have to be one of the great mysteries of the 40 Years of Comics Project. There are many.

To be continued.

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