“Oh… hi there, it’s great to see you, I hope you didn’t have a particularly hard time finding your way down here, the majestic mansion of mystery known as Precinct1313 certainly is a notoriously convoluted place… infinite in fact. So kudos for locating this particular annex. Usually, of course, the Precinct’s resident Carrion Crow Of Woe – Eldritch would have guided you here, but, he’s been feeling rather nonplussed since his recent encounter with Supergirl’s cat Streaky, so he is on a rather lengthy corvidae sabbatical right now… “
Though, as long as you followed my implicit instructions, it wasn’t necessarily a huge task to navigate – turn left at the Movie Mausoleum, head directly forward until you reach the Comic Crypts and then turn right and head into the boundless Ancient Amazon Archives, whereupon you will find an additional wing that leads ceremoniously unto the art gallery of the atavistic Greek gods themselves. A small part of which contains an extensive exhibition of malice and enmity, of beings whose one purpose in life is to oppose that which is truth, hope and love… the aspirations that ultimately transform into a celestial persona known as Wonder Woman.
Now, it’s well known throughout comic-book circles that Gotham’s grim guardian – The Batman has the greatest and most eclectic gallery of foes, and without a doubt the most famous of all SuperVillains reside within their ranks, even non comic-book fans have heard of the likes of the Penguin, Riddler, Two Face, and of course the medium’s most memorable and malevolently maniacal nemesis – The Joker.
With that said, the Themysciran Titan also possesses a wild array of distinctive adversaries to challenge her ongoing mission of peace, though maybe lesser known outside of comicdom, they are still most certainly as iconic and maliciously menacing as Batsy’s archive of antagonists.
Silver Swans, Gods Of War, Cheetahs, Psycho Doctors and malevolent Witches, Wonder Woman’s eclectic cast of foes really are as wild and diverse as the Caped Crusader’s… in fact, when you really delve headlong into their malign and pernicious psyche they are a hell of a lot more distinct and disparate than almost any enemies the pointy eared vigilante has in his antagonistic ranks.
ARES – GOD OF WAR
Of course, with Ares having been the prime villain in the 2017 Wonder Woman film he has rocketed up the ranks of Diana’s nemeses, though, if you have been a fan of Ms Prince’s comic for many a year (or literally decades, a la moi) then he has always been one of her most enduring and dangerous foes.
In Greek mythology, Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera and one of the twelve Olympian Gods. Designated as the God of War, Ares revels in the savagery and bloodletting of eternal human combat from whence he derives his power. In the Wonder Woman mythos, Ares (in the post crisis DC Universe) was Diana’s greatest enemy, it was through the actions of this barbaric god that Diana left her home of Themyscira so she could resist Ares’ threat on human kind, as he poised to unleash World War III upon the planet. Ares mercilessly opposed the creation of the Amazon race, who were championed by his own half sister – Artemis, who chose to preach the peaceful idylls of the earth goddess Gaea to the fledgling Amazon race, much to the chagrin of Ares who vowed to corrupt and destroy the immortal sisterhood.
My personal favourite Wonder Woman villain of all time is most assuredly Diana’s principal nemesis – The Cheetah, but did you know that the current holder of that appellation, one Barbara Ann Minerva, is actually just one of many that have held that titular title over the years? no? well read on fellow fans of ferocious felines.
Making her first ever appearance in Wonder Woman #6 was the original variant of the capricious cat – Priscilla Rich, created by the awesome alumni of William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter way back in 1943. This golden age version of Cheetah was a spoilt rich girl with an inferiority complex and split personality, who when shown up by Wonder Woman at a charity event, attempted yet failed to take the life of Diana. Later, falling into the mire of her dissociative identity disorder, Priscilla donned a colourful costume and became the first Cheetah.
Cheetah 2.0 was actually Priscilla’s very own niece – Debbie Domaine, who was very much removed from her aunt personality wise, being an ecology activist and fast friend with Wonder Woman herself. After Priscilla passes away, Debbie was kidnapped by the cult of Kobra, her aunt’s former villainous identity is revealed and through torture and insidious indoctrination, Debbie became the new embodiment of Cheetah.
Currently chowing down on hapless humans and ruining Wondy’s day is Barbara Ann Minerva – former British archaeologist and heiress. Babs inherited her predatory powers from the ancient plant god – Urzkartaga, who, trapped for aeons in the Urzari jungle sought a champion to free him of his imprisonment and herald his way to ultimately raise an army and conquer the known world – this avaricious avatar ended up being Babs Minerva. First appearing in Wonder Woman (volume 2) #170, Babs continues to create chaos for the Themysciran Titan to this day, and recently was the main villain in the celluloid classic that is Wonder Woman 1984. (We also interviewed her a couple of years back – right here)
Witch-Goddess – Circe is next in our iniquitous inventory of villainy, first ushered unto the DC Universe in the 1949 issue of Wonder Woman #37, this original (pre-crisis) version of the character, created by Robert Kanigher and Harry G. Peter was a centuries old sorceress who acquired her immortality from a rare elixir named Vitae, and was eventually banished to an uninhabited island in space known as Sorca, for her crimes against the Amazon race.
Post the DC Comics shake up of their universe in the Crisis storyline, Circe’s previous history was re-written by the great George Perez, though the core of her characterisation remained similar. In this revision of her mythos, Circe is the daughter of the Greek Titans – Hyperion and Perseis and is an immortal sorceress and former princess of the isle of Colchis (legendary resting place of the Golden Fleece) An advocate of the goddess – Hecate for millennia, her powers are myriad including the ability to change and reform reality and matter, she can control minds and raise the dead to fight for her, on top of the more mundane and everyday powers (at least in the comic-book world) of flight and strength. We also interviewed the malefic Circe a few years back – Right Here, though our poor hapless interviewer would really rather forget his calamitous conference with the witchy wonder!
Like felonious feline – Cheetah, the capricious cygnet known as Silver Swan has been inhabited by three very different persona over the decades. A trio of women have inherited the majestic yet melancholic moniker of The Silver Swan, beginning with the tragic tale of Helen Alexandros. Helen was a talented ballet dancer, who oft found herself bereft of balletic opportunities because (or so she believed) of her average looks and physique. Striking a pact with Ares for angelic beauty, Helen was gifted the exquisite form she so desired on the proviso that she destoyed the Amazon champion, Wonder Woman. Mystically enhanced by Ares, she became the Silver Swan, and was granted the powers of flight, super strength and the capacity to unleash powerful sonic blasts using her voice.
Second in line to ruffle her feathers at Diana was Valerie Beaudry, a lonely and dejected personality with low self esteem and severe social anxiety problems. In fact her only connection to societal structure came in the form of a pen pal – Henry Armbruster, industrial head of Armbruster International. Upon meeting for the first time, Henry exploited Valerie’s longing for acceptance and friendship by choosing her for his secretive Silver Swan project. Through experimentation, Valerie emerged as the new face of the Silver Swan, retaining all the powers of the previous Alexandros avian variant. With the succour of wonder Woman, Valerie gradually broke free from the manipulative control of Armbruster, and in due course became an agent of justice, initially joining the meta-human team – The Captains of Industry, and a brief stint in The Suicide Squad.
The swan song of this group of volatile volitants and current holder of the sonic scream is Vanessa Kapatelis, a former adherent and eventual friend of Diana. Yet, Vanessa’s friendship with Wondy and her inherent insecurities were perniciously preyed upon by Witch-Goddess – Circe, who utilised Vanessa’s diffident personality and slowly turned her against the Amazon princess. With the assistance of the diabolical Doctor Psycho, Circe conditioned and transformed the insecure former friend of Diana into the latest form of the Silver Swan. Even after Wonder Woman defeated Circe and released Vanessa from her thrall, her unjustified torment continued as she was summarily kidnapped from recovery at a Buenos Aries hospital by deceitful pharmaceutical mogul – Veronica Cale. Cale modified Vanessa through cybernetic implants and sent her out, once more, to fight her former friend, Diana. With her eventual defeat again at the hands of Wonder Woman, Vanessa retreated to the paradise isle of Themyscira for rehabilitation and solace.
Phew! and that, my astounding Amazonian associates is just the literal tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to the astonishing Amazon’s array of aggressive antagonists, I mean I could go on (an on) but this post is already reaching near encyclopedic proportions! Yet, with Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary on the near horizon (October 21, Wondy fact fans) you can be sure that there’ll be plenty more posts emanating from the Precinct’s Ancient Amazon Archives, celebrating not just our favourite Hellenic herald but also her nearest and not so dearest…
Well hey there fellow agents of Precinct1313, it’s fantastic to see you, and we’re so glad that you could make your way over to the majestic mansion of mystery in time to partake in our sixth anniversary celebrations. In a few moments we will wind our way down through the Precinct’s interminable depths as we head towards the infamous ‘Halls Of Quaffing’ to celebrate in style.
Unfortunately our usual anniversary tour guide, the Precinct’s carrion crow of woe – Eldritch won’t be available to usher you through this arcane abode, as he’s still in the dog-house (uhh, crow house?) for leading us astray through a preternatural portal that lead to Raven’s Reach Sanitarium and a padded cell! (For more on that tantalising tale, why not click right HERE)
But fear not, oh fellow fans of fantastic fiction, as I am able to stand in as the (distinctly human) Corvidae conductor for this sixth anniversary commemoration. And so, without further ado, let our peregrinations begin…
The mystical mansion of mystery known as Precinct1313 first materialised unto this dimension in 2014, this paranormal palazzo, oft thought to be a sister building to the sinister House Of Secrets has housed many scribes throughout the countless alternate realities it has dwelled, and in 2014, I discovered it’s many dimensional delights when it revealed itself in terrifying fashion (which you can read about right HERE) and have been trapped within it’s herculean hallways and reality shifting structure ever since. Which actually turns out to be a good thing as it has given me copious amounts of time to relay to you, dear agents, the wonderful world of comic-books, cult movies and general geekery!
And so, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, thanks to this mythical edifice’s psychokinetic power, we are able to transport you back in time (it doesn’t hurt too much, honest!) to visit our most popular posts of yore…
As you are more than likely aware if you’ve been an agent of the Precinct for awhile, our absolute favourite comic-book creation of all time is the Themysciran Titan herself the glorious Wonder Woman, I first discovered the dynamic delight that is Diana, Princess of the Amazons when I was a mere nine years of age, and have been a super fan ever since. A myriad of reviews, overviews and gushing posts have ensued from the Precinct since its inception, and looking at the ol’ stats the most popular of these is… Wonder Woman #600
Another mesmerising mainstay of the Precinct over the years (and my absolute favourite posts to write) has been the – World’s Finest: Interview – series, where each episode we invite one of our most treasured Superheroes, SuperVillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons and Super-Pets to answer a quotient of quintessentially quirky questions about life, the universe and cake (’cause everyone loves cake) Such classic characters as Harley Quinn, Circe, and Cheetah, have darkened the Precinct’s media studio and have harassed, bludgeoned, nibbled, and vexed our poor hapless interviewer (why, at one point he was even turned into a worm! an actual worm!!) Checking that ol’ stats page again turns up that the most popular of these was… World’s Finest: An Exclusive Interview With V
Another character that has helped form the foundings of the Precinct alongside Wondy has been Gotham’s grim guardian, the big bad bat! I have been a fan since the age of six, he was instrumental in ushering in my love of the comic-book medium and my fave company, DC Comics. And just like the Amazon Princess, I have written a multitudinous amount of material on his dark crusade to clean up Gotham and absolve himself of the guilt of his parents death by dressing up as a giant bat and beating seven shades out of crazy costumed villains. And, heading on back to that trusty ol’ stats screen, the most read of all those is… Comic Cover Of The Week: Batman Rebirth #22
Phew! thanks so much fellow agents for joining us on that timely tour of the Precinct’s past, and as we near the Halls Of Quaffing for many a beer and celebration, may I just say a massive thank you to all of my fellow bloggers, followers and readers for making this blogging odyssey such a fantabulous experience, it is YOU that have made this journey worthwhile… now, beer!!
Welcome fellow Agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of The Week In Geek where we love to share our favourite – Comic Book, Video-Game, and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once more unto the geek dear Agents, once more…
And an extra special welcome to our Women’s History Month Extravaganza! Our bombastic blogging buddy Cupcakes and Machetes has arranged her first ever blog event to celebrate the importance of women around the globe, so for the rest of March the Precinct will become a haven for fantastic fictional females, as we salute our very fave female Superheroes (and, of course, SuperVillains!)
Women’s History month commemorates the considerable contributions that women have made throughout human history, and I highly recommend visting Cupcakes and Machetes’ post for more information on the other astonishing bloggers involved in this particularly important event.
Cheetah Will Absolutely Be The New Antagonist In Wonder Woman 2…
There is much rejoicing within the Precinct today as we celebrate the news that our all time favourite SuperVillain, the feisty felonious furry feline Cheetah looks set to be next in line to antagonise the Wondrous one on the Silver screen!
Now then, we absolutely loved Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins’ astonishing take on the Themysciran Titan in last years astounding Wonder Woman movie, but if we were complain about something, it would be that her greatest and most popular nemesis – Cheetah was nary given a mention, I was, in fact, holding my breath for a post credit sequence involving the feline felon, unfortunately to no effect (well, apart from serious oxygen deprivation of course!)
Barbara Ann Minerva aka The Cheetah is a British archaeologist with the reputation for going to any length to secure ancient artefacts. Her life was irrevocably changed after an expedition to the atavistic lost city of Urzkartaga, where she endured a ritual by the local tribes to turn her into an immortal Cheetah deity. But, with great power comes… the ferocious appetite for human flesh (as we discovered when we interviewed her in the Precinct last November!) and a burning hatred for her former friend, Wonder Woman.
And, in breaking news, released as we were writing this post, it looks like actress Kristen Wiig (The Martian, Bridesmaids) is currently in talks with Patty Jenkins to play Cheetah in the movie!
We are so ridiculously excited to see Barb on the big screen in the highly anticipated Wonder Woman 2… seriously, 2019 cannot come soon enough!!
Lara Croft’s Newest Cinematic Escapades Are Almost Upon Us… So Let’s Celebrate With Some Brand New Images And A Trailer…
And yet another famous female British Archaeologist, Lara Croft will be returning to the silver screen (this very month in fact!) after almost fifteen years since her last cinematic Tomb Raiding endeavour (brought to us courtesy of the awesome Angelina Jolie.)
Unlike her comic book counterpart and fellow ancient artefact acquisitor, Cheetah, Lara is definitely more hero than villain (though the raiding of tombs is, perhaps, a little questionable) Lara’s return to the big screen is long overdue. The role of quintessentially English video-game icon has been inherited by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, and she is looking every inch the relic hunting, globetrotting bad-arse superheroine!
We have been massive fans of Lara ever since we got our hands on her original video-game outing way back in 1996 on our much beloved Sega Saturn. The original classic was brought to the Lara loving masses by British software house – Eidos, and developed by the much missed Core Design. The game revolved around the exploits of super archaeologist and adventurer Ms Croft, and tasked the player with guiding the titular heroine through a plethora of tombs and ancient ruins in search of long lost artefacts and mythical relics, whilst avoiding death traps, wild animals, leaping perilously from crumbling ledges, and exploring mysterious, antediluvian temples secreted in the most extreme corners of the planet.
The new film is based upon the recent 2013 Video-Game reboot, and is looking really rather wonderful indeed… welcome back Lara. Indulge your eyes with the recent screenshots below, and be prepared to follow Lara on her treacherous journey into the unknown on March 16.
Why Not Join Us Again Next Time, For More Week In Geek…
Ah, welcome fellow agents, you’re probably wondering why I’ve called you down here through the interminable depths of the malefic mansion of mystery known as Precinct1313, why you have had to negotiate it’s herculean hallways and cavernous crypts, wending your way past such iconic areas as the astonishing Amphitheatre of Awards, and the Movie Mausoleum, whilst taking in the majestic sights of the Comic Crypts and the Ancient Amazon Archives.
It is often said that Precinct1313 is a dilemma within a mystery contained in an enigma, it’s been three and a half years since this entity first welcomed us into it’s dark ceaseless corridors and herculean hallways and today we are making our way through it’s unending profundity to a room we haven’t visited for close to a year – The Scrying Chamber, within this portentous room sits a single stone table upon which resides an ominous black crystal ball, which not only has the power to decipher the future, but also recreate the past in vivid memories. So please, make yourselves comfortable, as we gaze deep into it’s sanguine depths and relive the Precinct’s favourite moments from 2017.
Wonder Woman’s Cinematic Debut Is A Triumph In All Kinds Of Ways…
Forget Disney and it’s vision on what a Princess is, Diana successfully schools them in every way possible on how to portray a strong forceful female warrior with the strength and fortitude to turn the tide of a great war, yet also the compassion and love to convert the hearts of the most staunch human soul… Wonder Woman has been empowering her fans for over 75 years in comic-book, animation and television, and this summer received her long overdue silver screen outing, and it was… outstanding!
Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins brought William Marston’s much loved Superheroine to life magnificently, finally giving the much loved Amazon the attention and adoration she deserves, delighting fans both new and old with a tale that encompasses a gamut of emotions and emancipation. This film is important on so many levels – firstly proving to the world that female led comic-book movies can easily match their male counterparts, approaching the now staid Superhero movie franchises with a new high in how to tell a canonical origin story with a real emotive centre and a poignant yet impassioned and powerful tale that encompasses everything we love about the Themysciran Titan. This film turned out even more magnificent than we could have ever imagined, and for us, is the stand out best movie of 2017… in fact ever!
Comic Book Writer Tom King Blew Us All Away!!
Phew, what a year for comic books 2017 has been, notable mentions need to go to Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott for their sterling work on the astounding Wonder Woman Rebirth series, Gerard Way’s (yes the front man for My Chemical Romance, now a wildly successful comic book author for DC Comics!) Young Animal imprint, and, more recently, Geoff Johns’ sequel to Alan Moore’s opus Watchmen with Doomsday Clock. Yet one man has decided to top all of these, with his literary genius abounding in the two greatest comic-book offerings of 2017 – Batman Rebirth and Mister Miracle – the elaborate and intricate tales woven by master creator Tom King have sat at the head of this particular DC fans table, and I for one cannot wait to see what other spectacles of fantastic fiction he has in store for us in 2018.
The Precinct’s Head Agent Was Almost… Beaten To A Pulp By A Giant Mallet, Schooled On Venerable Verbosity By A Vaudevillian Vigilante, And Eaten By A Ferocious Feline!!!
2017 was the year that the Precinct threw open its doors to the villainous, the vigilant, and the Superheroic (and their Super-Pets) when we deigned to interview some of Comicdom’s most treasured Superheroes, Supervillains, Costumed Crimefighters and Dimension Dwelling Demons, when we premiered our “World’s Finest – An Interview With A Superhero” series.
And it’s proven to be huge hit, with more views than any article or post we have ever put out, though our hapless interviewer has really been put through his paces with his erstwhile attempt to extract those interesting facts and truths from the variety of costume clad individuals invited onto the show each week… he has been – in an alliteration battle with a master, dodged getting smushed by the giant mallet of hellacious Harley Quinn, and almost the main course for feline Supervillain Cheetah, yet he comes back each and every time, ready to once again verbally duel whatever guest is invited onto the Precinct (so he’s obviously an idiot!)
So which of these exceptionally excessive episodes were the most popular? unsurprisingly the Harley Quinn instalment has easily garnered the most views of them all to date. The most fun to write was without a doubt the V episode, and my personal favourite? absolutely the Cheetah one, I unreservedly adore the character, so it was fun channeling her ferocious feline awesomeness!
Happy New Year to all our Special Agents, readers and everyone else who visits the Precinct, 2018 brings more DC Comics cinematic greatness in the form of the ocean dwelling King of Atlantis – Aquaman, plus the production begins on three new DC movies, Wonder Woman 2, Shazam, and Flashpoint, so lots of things to get overtly excited about and geek over. Until then, as always… Make Mine DC!
Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to yet another exhilarating episode of “World’s Finest” a series of exclusive interviews that aims to introduce you to some of our very favourite convocation of comic-book characters of… all… time!
Each episode we cordially invite one of our most treasured – Superheroes, SuperVillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons, and of course Super-Pets, to answer a quotient of quintessentially quirky questions about life, the universe, and cake (’cause everyone loves cake)
And so, let us welcome to Precinct1313’s sardonic sofa of satirically sanguine secrets, the calculatedly capricious cat of callously combative charisma – Cheetah.
Precinct1313: Hi there Cheetah, and thank you so much for joining us on this weeks World’s Finest… erm, you, uh, appear to be sniffing me, it’s rather disconcerting, I must say
Cheetah: Yesssss, I always love to sniff out my prey…
Precinct1313: I see, well… hang on, did you just say prey!?
Cheetah: You do know who I am right?
Precinct1313: Why of course, you’re Barbara Minerva – The Cheetah, I’m a huge fan… in fact you’re probably my favourite SuperVillain of all time!
Cheetah: SuperVillain!? oh how sweet, you’re kind of cute… you know, for potential food!
Precinct1313: I’m sorry… you want to eat me?
Cheetah: Once again, and I’ll say it slower this time, You… Do… Know… Who… I… Am… Right!?
Precinct1313: I, erm, uh, am feeling rather perturbed right now, but… being the consummate professional I am, will continue (whilst maybe whimpering a tad, do forgive me)
Precinct1313: You are primarily known as Wonder Woman’s arch-nemesis, but I believe before you became The Cheetah you were fast friends with the Themysciran Princess, so what exactly happened to change that?
Cheetah: I turned into a ferocious feline with a taste for man flesh, I find things like that can sour a friendship, especially one with a goody two shoes like Diana.
Precinct1313: I guess that makes sense, you also have the distinction of being the second most popular feline based character in comics, after sultry Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, any thoughts?
Cheetah: Hsssssss… Catwoman!? well firstly I’m THE most popular feline based villain, that so called cat lady is just a girl playing dress up, and I’ve also kicked her ass on several occasions… as I’m going to yours, if you mention her again!
Precinct1313: Moving swiftly on…
Precinct1313: Now, you were created by two of comicdom’s most legendary creators, George Perez and Len Wein, a great honour I’m sure…
Cheetah: Why are you asking me these questions? and I have never heard of either of those people, I was created by the ancient God Urzkartaga.
Precinct1313: Well you see Cheetah, Precinct1313 exists between dimensions which is what allows us the unique ability to interview fictional beings such as yourself for this show.
Cheetah: Fictional? sorry did you say show? I thought I was invited over here for dinner.
Precinct1313: Uuuuh, there’s no food I’m afraid.
Cheetah: Oh, I beg to differ…
Precinct: I, uh, really don’t like that glint in your eye… and on that note, thank you so much for joining us on this weeks World’s Finest, any final words?
Cheetah: Could you pass the salt!
Cheetah, and all images are copyright: DC Comics.
Join us as we wend our way across the beautiful paradise island of Themyscira, before descending into the depths of the ancient Amazon archives in search of yet more ‘Classic Wonder Woman’ Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the legendary Amazonian Princess.
This week’s terrific tome is brought to you by, Greg Rucka, Ray Snyder, Cliff Richards and Todd Klein, with another captivating cover by the talented JG. Jones. Released December, 2005. The tantalising tale secreted behind the classic cover is titled ‘Blood Debt’ and once again finds our hellenistic heroine tangling with her nemesis, Cheetah.
We’ve written about the felonious feline Cheetah on several occasions, being that she is one of our all time favourite supervillains. Wonder Woman’s constantly recurring arch-nemesis has been around since 1943 and was developed by Wondy’s creator William Moulton Marston. There have been several versions of the character over the decades, beginning with the original – Priscilla Rich, followed by Deborah Domaine and finally post-crisis variant (and our favourite) Barbara Minerva, who is easily the most deadly and ferocious of the pack.
In ‘Blood Debt‘ Diana and Cheetah face off once more. Diana is on trial at the Hague for the murder of the villainous Maxwell Lord (details on that right here, fact fans) after the incident was broadcast across the planet by the (Batman created) Brother Eye satellite system. Diana pleads not guilty to the charges and is given parole, but whilst residing in the Hague and awaiting trial, she is once again attacked by Cheetah, only this time, the malicious moggie manages to defeat a world weary Wonder Woman.
Join us again next time for another classic WW cover, my astounding Amazonian associates!
Welcome back once more my amazing Amazonian affiliates to another instalment of “Classic Wonder Woman”, Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the World’s pre-eminent female Superhero. This week our delve into the Amazon archives yields; Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #118. Written and illustrated by John Byrne, with cover art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Released in February 1997.
This weeks titanic tale is titled “Claws” and presents yet another chapter in the eternal struggle between Wonder Woman and her enduring nemesis Cheetah. Barbara Minerva’s ferocious alter ego returns once more, but this time is even more dangerous and feral after her deal with Andre Neron (In the 1995 mini-series – Underworld Unleashed.) But her intensely magnified powers are gradually eroding her humanity and Diana must attempt to counter play her deal with the demonic Neron to hopefully regain Minerva’s human psyche.
We also get to see Diana’s post-crisis version of the classic invisible plane. The jet’s previous origin is revised, as it is now rarely seen since Wonder Woman gained the ability to fly. Diana is gifted a mysterious technology, The Lansinar Disc, a morphing crystal designed by a blind race of aliens first introduced in Wonder Woman #115. The jet propels itself using graviton particles and is telepathically attuned to Diana’s thought waves.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover my avid Amazonian associates!
Welcome once more my Themysciran sisters and brothers to another instalment of Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the awesome Amazon. This week we delve into the Amazon archives to bring you; Wonder Woman (vol-2) #100, written by William Messner-Loebs, with cover art by Brian Bolland and interior art by Mike Deodato Jr. Released in August 1995.
And we celebrate yet another centennial issue as Volume 2 of the Themysciran Princess’ adventures in Man’s world reaches issue #100. Available in both a standard version and a deluxe Holo-Foil variant edition, and fronted once more by an outstanding Brian Bolland illustration, the titanic tale secreted behind this stunning cover is titled ‘Blank Madness.’
Diana regains her role as Wonder Woman after losing her right to be the Amazon herald through an ancient Themysciran competition of strength and wits, which her estranged Amazon sister Artemis won, and briefly becomes Themyscira’s chosen advocate to Man’s world. Artemis’ last stand as Wonder Woman depicts her in a colossal struggle against a horde of hell-spawned demons and Diana’s arch-enemy, the malevolent Cheetah. Artemis ultimately succumbs to the overwhelming odds and falls valiantly in battle, dying a heroes death, which is a noble distinction amongst the Amazons.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my adventurous Amazonian associates!
Welcome back, to another instalment of; Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the amazing Amazon. This week we present you with Wonder Woman #29, written by George Perez, with cover and interior art by Chris Marrinan and George Perez. Released in April 1989.
This titanic tale is titled “Bloodvine” and finds Diana seemingly poisoned by Cheetah’s loyal man-servant Chuma. As she lays paralysed at his feet, Chuma regales Wonder Woman with the tale of his mistress’s origin. As Chuma comes to the end of his story Wonder Woman leaps forward, she had faked the symptoms of being poisoned in order to bide her time. With Chuma secured, Diana flies off in search of Cheetah. Arriving at a location in Egypt, Diana is suddenly surrounded by several female warriors who shockingly appear to be of Amazon origin!
The fabled Amazons of Bana-Mighdall are a splinter group of dissenting Amazons that broke away from their Themysciran sisters over three thousand years ago. Led by Antiope, long lost sister of Hippolyta, these wayward Amazon warriors renounced the Gods of Olympus so that they could seek revenge on Heracles and the men who had attempted to subjugate and vanquish their race.
After the unfortunate death of their Queen Antiope, the tribe of Amazons settled in the deserts of Egypt, where they founded the city of “Bana-Mighdall”. Here they remained, secreted for thousands of years, becoming an increasingly intemperate and brutal race of violent mercenaries. Eventually they were transported to Themyscira by Witch-Goddess Circe, where they at first waged a brutal war against their once close kin, but were finally intergrated back into Themysciran society through the will of Zeus himself.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astounding Amazonian associates!
It’s time once more for us to delve into the Amazon archives, in our ongoing weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman. This week we present you with; Wonder Woman #275, written by Gerry Conway, with cover and interior art by Ross Andru, Dick Giordano and Jose Delbo. Released in January 1981.
The tale contained behind this classic comic cover is titled, “Claws of the Cheetah”. The newest incarnation of Wonder Woman’s nemesis the Cheetah, makes her debut with a splash, as she sabotages the Hampstead dam in Maryland, causing a catastrophic flood throughout the nearby town. Diana mounts a rescue attempt, saving most of the residents from a watery grave, but when she later clashes with her foe, Cheetah manages to briefly overpower Diana and steals her golden lasso.
Though Diana has fought a plethora of mythological creatures, gods and criminal masterminds throughout her long and illustrious career as Wonder Woman, one character in particular rose to the forefront to become her lifelong nemesis… Cheetah. There have been three significant versions of Cheetah since her initial introduction in Wonder Woman #6 in 1943. Priscilla Rich was the original character to take up the name of Cheetah, a bored socialite with a split personality, who would dress up in a Cheetah outfit to combat Wonder Woman on a regular basis. Priscilla was the longest running version of the character, holding the title up until her retirement in 1980.
The next significant version of Wonder Woman’s arch-enemy was Deborah Domaine, Debbie is the niece of original Cheetah, Priscilla Rich. A beautiful and smart debutante who feels remorse for her wealthy upbringing and decides to devote her life to becoming an environmental activist. When Debbie is summoned to her aunt’s home, she finds her suffering from a grave and ultimately terminal illness, Priscilla attempts to tell Debbie of her former secret identity, but succumbs to her illness before she has the chance. Soon after Priscilla’s death, Debbie is captured by Kobra, an international terrorist and mad scientist who originally wanted her aunt to join his gang but settled for Debbie after Priscilla’s untimely death. After revealing the secret of her aunt’s dual identity, Kobra tortures and brainwashes Debbie into becoming the new face of Diana’s feline foe.
Cheetah number 3, and quite possibly the most popular is Barbara Minerva, a British born archaeologist and heiress of a vast family fortune. An ambitious, highly intelligent but unstable personality who develops a passion for archaeology and treasure hunting, that eventually leads her on a journey into Africa to search out a tribe who use a female guardian with the powers of a Cheetah for protection. After a band of marauders kill the original guardian, Barbara along with the support of the tribe’s priest sets out to become the new embodiment of the mystical Cheetah.
Upon being told she would become immortal, Barbara agrees to the ceremony that would endow the spirit and powers of the Cheetah to her through ingesting human blood mixed with leaves from the tribe’s plant-god Urtzkartaga. Unfortunately for Barbara, the host is required to be a virgin, which Barbara is not, this results in her experiencing bouts of severe pain and discomfort whilst in human form, and bloodthirsty intoxication and euphoria whilst in her animalistic form of the Cheetah.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astounding Amazonian associates!
Super-Villain Sunday this week is dedicated to one of my personal favourite villains and Wonder Woman’s lifelong nemesis, Cheetah. There have been several different versions of the character over the years beginning with Priscilla Rich who was created by William Moulton Marston and HG Peter in 1943 making her first appearance in Wonder Woman #6. Priscilla is the original golden age Cheetah, a spoilt rich girl with an inferiority complex and a split personality, who when shown up by Wonder Woman at a charity event attempts to kill the awesome Amazon but ultimately fails. Later falling into the mire of her split personality, Priscilla dons a costume and becomes the first Cheetah.
Cheetah number 2 was Debbie Domaine niece of Priscilla Rich, a very different personality than that of her Aunt, Debbie was an ecology activist and originally a good friend of Wonder Woman. After her Aunt dies, Debbie is kidnapped by the villainous group Kobra and told of her Aunt’s secret identity, tortured and then brainwashed by them she becomes the new embodiment of the Cheetah.
Cheetah number 3 and the current and most popular is Barbara Minerva, a British archaeologist and heiress. Barbara originally got her powers from an African tribe who have a female guardian with the abilities and powers of a Cheetah, after the original guardian is killed by a band of fortune hunters, Barbara with the aid of the tribe’s priest takes over the role as the Cheetah. She first clashes with the Amazonian Princess when she hears stories of the Lasso of Truth and sets off to wrestle control of it from Diana, so she can add it to her vast collection of historical items. Barbara’s history was altered recently when DC relaunched it’s titles as the New 52 in 2011, she is still a treasure hunter who comes into possession of a long lost dagger once belonging to the Amazons, after accidentally cutting herself with the blade she becomes possessed by the Goddess of the Hunt turning her into a half Cheetah replete with super speed, strength and agility.
Super-Villain Rating: This cat got the cream, and everything else!