After sacrificing herself in Dark Nights: Death Metal, Wonder Woman is back on Earth, but one hero of Princess Diana’s future isn’t celebrating.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Wonder Woman #780, on sale now from DC Comics.
Ever since Diana’s heroic sacrifice not only saved the entire multiverse but brought the entirety of DC’s 80-year history back into the mainstream universe, the Princess of Themyscira has been on an epic odyssey throughout the various realms of mythology and reality. Having saved the Godsphere from her villainous mirror self Janus, Wonder Woman is back on Earth and reunited with all of her friends and family.
Since she mistakenly believed she was home when she entered Earth-11’s Hall of Justice previously, its only fitting that her own Hall of Justice is where she renters the DCU in Wonder Woman #780 (by Michael W. Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Travis Moore, Steve Pugh, Tamra Bonvillain and Pat Brosseau). With Martian Manhunter being the first (and most surprised) to greet her, she reunites with friends Batman and Superman next. Word spreads fast though, and soon everyone in the Justice League rushes to confirm the good news.
Some are shocked at Diana’s return and others believed she would come back all along. The mood all around though is one of happiness. Even Batman is uncharacteristically pleased to have her back, even willing to put Gotham’s troubles on hold for a moment, before being interrupted by an ecstatic Black Canary. When Dr. Fate tries to drag Diana immediately back into Justice League business though, one of the League’s newest members puts her foot down.
Queen Hippolyta, who assumed Diana’s place on the team during her absence, makes sure her daughter isn’t pulled back into action immediately after her ordeal in the Godsphere. They share an emotional reunion, where mother and daughter discuss the circumstances of their separation, their reunion, and what Diana should do now that she’s back. Hippolyta encourages her to travel back home, to Themyscira.
On her way home, Diana saves a boatload of refugees from drowning. This heroic act has the unintended side effect of letting the whole world know that Wonder Woman has returned. As footage of her heroism is shown all over the world, the reactions of some of Diana’s closest allies are revealed. Steve Trevor, and her proteges Donna Troy and Cassie Sandsmark can hardly contain their joy. Neither can many others around the world.
News spreads to the other Amazonian factions across the globe. Themyscira is alerted to Diana’s return before she even sets foot on the island and the Bana Mighdall Amazons are celebrating too. The only one among them who isn’t ecstatic is Artemis – who’s far more concerned with her own mission. Lastly, there’s the newly discovered Amazons in Brazil – and their most important hero has a surprising reaction to the return of the original Wonder Woman.
Yara Flor, the newest Wonder Girl and the Wonder Woman of Future State, isn’t as happy as everyone else is about Diana’s return. In fact, she isn’t happy at all. Playing cards in a bar, Yara doesn’t look pleased as the news comes in. She abandons her game, much to the annoyance of her fellow players, and simply leaves. Though it isn’t stated why she isn’t overjoyed about Diana’s return, there are a few reasons why this might be the case.
In her own ongoing series, Yara Flor is one of the most wanted people in the DCU, with every faction of Amazons wanting to stop her quest to find out who she really is. The latest issue ended with her learning that she was chosen by the goddess Hera for an unknown purpose. Given her own divine destiny, the attention she’s gained, and the fact that she’s the Wonder Woman of Future State, Yara could see Diana’s return as raining on her parade. Perhaps Yara believed she was all set up to take Diana’s place in the DCU. Now that she’s returned, her own future as Wonder Woman doesn’t look so certain.
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