Which is shocking enough. The Amazon's behaviour is compounded as she not only turns down the helping hand offered by Green Lantern Hal Jordan, she assaults him. Punches him across the street.
Then slices him open with her sword.
Then she lays into Superman with a sucker kick. Diana finally calms down and the whole League goes looking for Graves. Finding his home empty, they travel to the Valley of Souls, where a surprise awaits ...
It's a shame the Eisner Awards have just been given out, because if there was a Most Contemptible Portrayal of a Superhero gong, writer Geoff Johns would walk it. I know the current DC thinking is that Wonder Woman is nothing more than a Xena copy, a knock-off of a knock-off - that's one of the reasons I've stopped reading her title. But at least the warrior princess has charm and humour - this Wonder Woman is a battle-crazed harpy, a loose cannon barbarian no sane person would tolerate on their team.
Johns even has Diana make a barbed comment about Hal's sexual prowess (click on image to enlarge). It's tacky stuff.
We've seen enough of Johns' Diana in this book to indicate that either he really doesn't get Wonder Woman as loved by generations, or he just hates the idea of a wise, compassionate female fighter who isn't one mood swing away from slaughtering you.
To put all my critical acumen into one clever phrase - gah.
It's not all bad news this issue. There's a nice little mystery set up around the nature of Cyborg's existence, and Tracy Trevor is appealing in her short scene with Graves. Jim Lee's pencils combine with the inks of Scott Williams and Jonathan Glapion to tell the story well enough, with the creepier moments being the best. The fussy lines and shading on the heroes' costumes is annoying, and Batman's hand is bigger than his head, and Wonder Woman has strange things under her eyes, but what do I know?
The Shazam serial continues, with Black Adam intrigued by Dr Sivana while slaying his colleague, and Billy and Freddy annoying the local rich kids. The story ends with Billy one step closer to his destiny. It's solid work from Geoff Johns, illustrated superbly by Gary Frank and coloured by the excellent Brad Anderson. The casual murder has no place in a strip built on the work of CC Beck, but that's the New 52 DC ... forget what made characters unique, and beloved - it's a horrible world out there.
I'm beginning to wonder what the point of following this book is. I know it's become a bit of a joke to call the Justice League 'Super Friends', but that's exactly what they should be - DC's greatest heroes, providing an example of how people can work together for the greater good. I despair of the current portrayal, which presents DC's biggest icons as idiots, simpletons and now, psychopaths. And while Shazam has been the bright spot of late, if the tone is going to be one of spite, and if the murders keep on coming, well, there are plenty of other books out there.