5 Ways Superman/Wonder Woman #5 Makes The Case They Should Be Together

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Having just closed Superman/Wonder Woman #5, and as the series goes on, it is becoming more obvious to me that DC made the right call by pairing up Earth’s most powerful beings, Superman and Wonder Woman. First of all, if power attracts power then it makes perfect sense these two would be interested in the other. Second, they are portrayed as two of the most beautiful people on the planet, which doesn’t hurt either – even without X-ray vision. And third, of course the drama and scale of the story and plot transcends a generations-old superhero/human love affair when two Gods are either loving or spatting. Mountains crumble, skies thunder and seas roar when Superman and Wonder Woman embrace, a far greater spectacle than foiling a purse thug or rescuing a cat from a tree. No offense Lois or cat-ladies.

Here’s 5 reasons the Superman and Wonder Woman relationship, as depicted in issue 5, is already telling a greater and more intriguing love story than the stale Lois love triangle had grown over its constant retellings. Now that the novelty has begun to fade, let’s see why this relationship has serious potential to redefine not only both characters, but also what it means for each to love.

5. Twisted Love
A great way the Superman/Wonder Woman series has made such a strong case for being reason to applaud the decision to couple them has been how it flips the classic Lois-Superman/Clark love triangle in that Diana questions whether she could deal being with the human disguise of Clark Kent. This skews the typical story-telling from much of Superman’s 75 year-plus history with Lois being hot and heavy over the Kryptonian, cape-bearing, son of El, but colder and flippant to his bespectacled, mild-mannered alter-ego. Having the lasso-wielding demigod in love with Superman, but questioning dividing his time cavorting as a human makes for a fun twist on this new relationship with these familiar characters.

4. Power Levels
For when “this is a job for Superman” just doesn’t deliver the intended results – maybe when you’re pitted against two opposing Kryptonians (in Superman/Wonder Woman #5 by Charles Soule) – it comes in really handy to have a mate with the skills that not only match those of a Kryptonian, but may exceed them if Diana’s battlefield prowess versus Faora and Zod was any indication.

3. Dilemma Diana
The fact Wonder Woman is a near Goddess elevates all of her emotional dramas to epic proportions. For all her majesty and grace however, pretending to be something she isn’t just ain’t Wonder Woman’s style, and this inner turmoil of course has global ramifications as Diana’s pondering distracts her from a cataclysmic battle between her lover Superman and freshly escaped from the Phantom Zone, Zod and Faora. When you possess such great power as Diana, the greater need of the world often comes at odds with your own wants. Throw in this new feeling of “doubt”, never before experienced by Wonder Woman, over her relationship with Clark, and suddenly the world could go to Hell while Diana’s inner-monologue distracts her from the greater good. With such strong lovers committed to a tenuous bond, their make-ups and break-ups could be a literal roller coaster…for the Earth!

2. Tactics versus Strategy
Having waged war before on her native Paradise Island Themyscira, Diana knows the importance of long-term strategy and deciding when to quit and fight another day, as opposed to utilizing short-term tactics. Something Superman, being so untested in this new 52, does not yet possess. This factor becomes evident at the conclusion of Superman/Wonder Woman #5, as a walloped and weary Kal-El is about to have his neck crushed by Zod (a reverse-Man of Steel?), Wonder Woman surrenders, collecting her boyfriend and “strategically retreating” to regroup and fight another day.

1. Warrior Woman
One of the big reasons Superman/Wonder Woman #5 was such a great read was the scintillating rescue of Superman during his battle with his fellow Kryptonians. Being outnumbered and bested by Zod and Faora, all looks lost for Kal until he is saved in epic fashion by Wonder Woman. Heeding her fellow Justice Leaguers calls to aid Superman, Diana races to the fight already in-progress. She introduces herself by deflecting an intended heat blast from Zod’s retinas with her sword back at the twisted General, then using the scorched blade to greet Faora by burning her face with her steel ablaze. After talking themselves up as warriors all issue, Zod and Faora got a serious crash course of the battle-readiness and a heaping dose of wounds and scars at the hand of perhaps Earth’s greatest warrior – and fiercest lover – Wonder Woman.

What Antoinette Tuff Can Teach Us About Mental Health

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Like much of America, I was captivated in hearing the 911 call emanating from Decatur, Georgia, placed by a school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff to police dispatch as she talked down a potential catastrophic mass shooting at the elementary school she worked at. The armed intruder, Michael Hill, who apparently suffers from mental illness, was negotiated down from committing a murderous tragedy by a front office worker, armed with no hostage skills or police background, using only herself as a proverbial shield connecting with Hill on a human level and used her own personal story to coax the twenty-year old man out of opening fire on any victims.

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This was a deeply touching act of bravery at a very tenuous time, the courageousness Tuff showed while presumably at gunpoint, maintaining her calm and keeping her composure and thus cooling the heated situation, resulted in an almost miraculous outcome despite Hill‘s five-hundred rounds of ammo. Equipped with no less than her heart, Tuff soothed the agitated gunman and related her experiences in mental health, laying bare her own attempted suicide and son’s dealings with issues, in order to familiarize Hill with her and defuse an otherwise likely climactically fatal scenario.

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Tuff‘s heroic display cannot help but give society great examples as to how we can all confront our own unexpected obstacles and alter our common misperceptions of mental health. Lending a delicate touch to those afflicted with the disease of mental illness, treating those with tenderness and care (“I’m proud of you”), Tuff can teach us all lessons in how we can collectively confront the unfortunate victims of mental illness, with love and kindness as opposed to punishment and ostracism.

In facing down the ominous, dark barrel of a gun, assured death, Antoinette Tuff did not blink. Instead she glanced up at the gunman himself, in what could have been – and most certainly felt like – the final moments of her life, the fearful Tuff stood firm but rather than extending a fist or rousing anger at her would-be assassin, she extends a hand and grants peace upon the afflicted Hill, assuring him he will be alright and he didn’t hurt anyone.

She cared, Tuff proclaimed to Hill. In doing so, she therefore deescalated a violent shootout and spared countless lives.

When we face our greatest challenges, instead of rushing to judgment and clenching our meaty paws, before we blame another victim or remain complacent, Antoinette Tuff proved maybe the best way to rise to the occasion is to proceed with grace and openness, that connecting and finding common ground brings us closer than coercion drives up apart, and we can catch more flies with honey than we could ever dream using vinegar.