Wonder Woman is dead. RIP the Amazon warrior-princess of Themyscira, 1941-2022.
If you thought Diana of the Amazons was immortal thanks to her connection to DC’s Olympian gods, think again – and think fast, as Wonder Woman’s death arrives in April 26’s Justice League #75, “Death of the Justice League”.
If that title sounds ominous, it should be, because it’s not just Wonder Woman, but Batman, Superman, and almost every major member of the Justice League – with only one survivor (whose identity we won’t spoil). here) who returns to Earth to tell the tale.
Superheroes die and come back to life regularly in the comics, but while Wonder Woman and the League are dead, Justice League #75 will also mark the end of the ongoing Justice League title for what DC says is the foreseeable future.
And the idea that Wonder Woman could return from death doesn’t answer important questions about when and how that might happen, let alone what will happen to Wonder Woman’s own comic in the meantime.
Here’s what you need to know about how it happened, why it happened, and what happens next after Wonder Woman dies.
How does Wonder Woman die?
Justice League #75 pits the core of the Justice League against a ‘dark army’ of some of the most infamous and powerful villains in all of the DC Universe, including Wonder Woman Ares’ nemesis Doomsday, Darkseid and others, all guided by the destructive force known as the “Great Darkness”.
This force, the Great Darkness, was established as an evil presence whose machinations have been felt but not seen since all the way back to 1985 during the Multiverse Rewrite Event. Crisis on Infinite Earths. The original “Crisis” informed many DC reboots and returns in the decades that followed – up to and including the next “Dark Crisis” which takes place after the death of The League.
Crisis on Infinite Earths is also the origin of Pariah, leader of the dark army and main servant of the great darkness, with his current plans all part of a plan to restore his original reality which has been destroyed throughout the original Crisis. Pariah’s connection to the Great Darkness is what allows her to take the League by surprise, and even take down Wonder Woman, the DC Universe’s greatest warrior.
How will Wonder Woman’s death affect the DC Universe?
In the wake of the deaths of Wonder Woman and the Justice League, DC will be ending the current Justice League title, which the publisher says will be dormant for some time. But thanks to DC’s “Divine Continuum” concept, which states that all DC stories take place somewhere at some point in the various worlds of the Omniverse to be referenced and drawn only to the extent an individual story l demands, Wonder Woman’s solo title will continue on even as she died during the events of “Dark Crisis.”
The specific why and how of Wonder Woman being alive in her own title while simultaneously dead in another story requires a full explanation on its own (and we’ve delved into the ins and outs while discussing the death of Wonder Woman’s Justice League teammate Batman).
But the simplest version of the explanation is that, even though the two stories are released simultaneously, they technically take place at different points in the DC Universe’s history timeline.
The events of “Death of the Justice League” and the ensuing Dark Crisis take place in the immediate future of the DC Universe, and while the exact timeline remains to be seen, whether it’s weeks or months, the important thing is that Wonder Woman’s solo comic book and “Dark Crisis” are considered to take place at different points in the same timeline.
What happens next for Wonder Woman?
Wonder Woman’s own death may be the focus of ‘Death of the Justice League’ and the ensuing ‘Dark Crisis’, but on Diana’s home in Themiscyra, she currently faces the fallout from the murder of her mother Hippolyta, who left an opening on the throne of the Amazon queen – and an assassin to apprehend.
This story, “Trial of the Amazons”, currently takes place in the main Wonder Woman title, as well as several spin-offs, including a limited Trial of the Amazons series. But some of the ending – specifically the identity of Hippolyta’s murder – may have already been leaked by DC.
Along with pursuing the main Wonder Woman title, DC will release a one-shot titled Artemis: Wanted #1 in July. As the title suggests, the one-shot focuses on Artemis of the Bana-Mighdall, one of the Amazon tribes that originated outside of Themiscyra. Artemis once stood in for Diana as Wonder Woman for a time, but now it appears she murdered Hippolyta, as she will be running away from the other Amazons. But there may be more to the story than meets the eye.
Wonder Woman has become one of DC’s most prominent heroes in recent years, with its comic book line expanding and becoming the focus of crossover events such as the aforementioned “Trial of the Amazons”, and DC is a publisher smart enough to know a good thing. when he does, then don’t look for Wonder Woman to be canceled anytime soon, or for Diana to be missing from the DC line entirely, but her death in “Dark Crisis” is resolved down the line.
And yes, you can be assured that it will be – superheroes coming back from the dead are part of history.
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