Diana convinces Supes to cease farming shirtless in his overalls and get the world again on observe, which suggests taking over the rogue metahumans. Some get in line, however others…That’s when she determined to make their very own gulag (sure, they name it that) and places on the armor, declaring conflict.
Kal repeatedly worries about her – the Amazons had banished her from Paradise island and stripped her of her heritage and royal title after the Kansas incident, saying she wasn’t making the World of Man a greater place – and her new, extra violent route. Standing in sharp distinction to the complicated figure we saw in the first Wonder Woman movie, who battled however solely as a approach to finish violence, this Surprise Lady placed on her golden go well with to be a soldier, to go to conflict not simply to finish conflict, however to finish conflict by any means mandatory. She finally comes round to the Surprise Lady we all know and love, however the symbolism of the armor in its first outing is notable.
It’s price noting that as an Elseworlds story, Kingdom Come takes place exterior regular DC continuity and thus isn’t thought-about canon. Nonetheless, it’s a worthwhile approach to discover a facet of her character that we don’t at all times see, a really human impulse towards compassion fatigue and turn into overwhelmed by all of the combating and to present in to the thought of escalating violence. May the Diana of Surprise Lady 1984 be experiencing one thing related when she dons her glimmering armor?
In 1999 the golden eagle armor got here to Surprise Lady’s predominant continuity – albeit with a golden axe as a substitute of the sword – within the four-book Devastation arc, the place Diana faces a mysterious foe who has the darkish model of her similar powers. Created by Cronos, father of Zeus, Devastation manipulates mortals into violence, beginning up a conflict between the states, the Nationwide Guard, and separatists/doomsday preppers. It’s, as soon as once more, #tooreal, when a navy commander complains of a president who “can not management his private urges” and escalates the nation and the world to conflict.
Not like Kingdom Come, nevertheless, when Diana places on her armor, it’s to cease the varied warring teams from killing each other. In a sequence that feels very a lot consistent with the Surprise Lady we’ve seen on the large display, she argues with Devastation (who simply needs everybody to destroy each other) that every human life is treasured, saying that, “to lose on life is to lose the world.”