Wonder Woman #18 brought us an interesting new development in terms of Diana’s love life. Of course, reactions are varied.
Livejournalist NKaray is very happy with the issue and the romance:
1. Diana courting Tom Tresser/Nemesis. For the first time in Wonder Woman history, I think, SHE’S the one taking control of the relationship, not the man. This man is not throwing himself at her, other than a few flirty lines here and there. He’s not saying, a la classic Steve Trevor, “Let’s get married, Angel!” with the response from Diana of, “But I can’t, Steve! Until the world is free of crime, I must never marry (or have sex).” Nor is Tom like Trevor Barnes who initially turned Diana down and then gave in, subsequently getting the upper hand in the relationship.
The courting scene between Diana and Tom was really cute and I love that the courting ritual has to be adapted from Paradise Island’s female/female pairings, the norm that Diana knows.
Amy Reads has mixed feelings about the issue:
I despise Tom Tresser. Gentle Reader, I find him Completely and Utterly Unworthy of Diana. But the depiction of Diana’s nervousness, her presentation not of other’s ideas of courtship but rather of her own people’s, gives us a Diana we haven’t seen in Some Time. I welcome more of her, and I find myself surprised to say that I do, even if it means the courtship and dating (!!!) of Nemesis.
While Samantha of Neither Doormat nor Prostitute did not like it at all:
I do love the complete absurdity of the seriousness with which Diana began “courting” this man – who proves everything bad that her people might ever have said about Man’s World, wrapped up into one incompetent little shell.
I’m sure someone thinks this is a cute story, but all it does for me is make me consider that Steve Trevor wasn’t so bad in his day. Because even at Trevor’s worst, with his crazy Lois Lane style plots to get Diana to marry him, Nemesis isn’t fit to lick dog manure of Trevor’s boots.
What do you think?