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Wonder Woman as Daredevil? Blind super-hero with other senses amazingly heightened...that's been done, hasn't it?
I would have been remiss if--in my focus on the women of comics lately--I hadn't checked in with Wonder Woman, a character who I must confess, in all my years wasted reading comics (there will be many more, thank you very much), I had completely ignored. But the images on the startling cover of Land Of The Dead (ie. a blindfolded heroine with, well okay, I don't like the man-hands and neither would Seinfeld, but, uh, other than that she's absolutely gorgeous), told me this was where to start, when it comes to the world-famous Amazonian.
Having said that, it was a bit tricky jumping into what is clearly part of a larger epic. I showed up too late for Zeus's de-throning, Medousa's clobbering and Themyscira (WW's homeland) doing a rather large swan-dive into the sea (sorry I missed it, must have been a sight). But Land Of The Dead does feature a somewhat vulnerable Wonder Woman--blindfolded and all (not to mention blinded)--being punched around the globe by the psychotic Zoom, while his partner, Cheetah, engages in the usual rending, tearing, and throat-raking--Flashy being the victim this time. The evil duo's agenda is a bit broad, involving an attack on a previous Cheetah, teaching Flash a lesson (but abandoning that plan and settling for teaching WW a lesson and just killing Flash), souping up Cheetah's powers, punching out a few other Themyscirans when the opportunity arises, and rendezvousing with a fella called Doctor Psycho, who's got whole other agendas! Rather hodge-podgy--and the art is a tad flat.
But then Flashy is written out, Wonder Girl (I like her!) and Ferdinand (bull guy) are written in, as Wonder Woman answers the call of Pallas Athena and agrees to rescue Hermes from the, uh, Land Of The Dead. Time gets dilated, creepy underworld denizens slither out of the darkness, and there's a bit of a problem with Hades, Zeus, Ares, and Poseidon, who are all a bit upset with Athena, and therefore our wonderful warrior. Before it all gets sorted out, there is some carnage, and backstabbing, deity-style. The battles and the backgrounds are livened up by superior artwork--Ares looking particularly impressive, and Wonder Girl looking--well, I like her! The resolution cleans up some loose ends from this tale as well as previous stories, and that will teach Hades to be so arrogant.
All in all, a blindfolded Wonder Woman is still a splendid Wonder Woman, showing her best on a grim trek to try and solve many dilemmas plaguing her and her friends. Very entertaining reading.