One of comics’ most leading ladies is courting another one of those soft sciences:
Seriously though, when comics just take mythology into their universe – I love that. It means DC gets to just tag team Zeus whenever they need him, and Marvel can just pop by Avalon ’cause they thought they needed a getaway. There are many, many, things that comics need us to forgive in order to accept their stories. But just absorbing all mythological pantheons at once and telling the reader that they (1) Co-exist and (2) Fight alongside your favorite heroes? Awesomely audacious.
It also undermines some of the most core foundations of superheroes. A lot of our favorite capes are more pulp than they are poetry. As much as you know being bitten by a genetically altered spider doesn’t give you spider sense, somehow it still seems plausible. Being told that a clay baby straight outta Greek mythology fights alongside the caped crusader? And her pa is Zeus? And it’s modern day? Way harder to swallow.
It also means most science bounces off characters like Wonder Woman, Hercules, Thor, Captain Marvel and mannnnnny more. There are basic physics tenets you can bring up (look away, Newton) but after that, the only excuse they have to file is: Magic.
Good work, Wonder Woman. You’ve got science and humanities devotees’ heads spinning.
Thanks for stopping!