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The Only Real Story

June 30th, 2010 1 comment

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been blogging lately about such weighty matters as Idina Menzel, Wonder Woman, and the fate of Federer, here’s one explanation: I can’t bear to spend too much time thinking about the only real story, the one that threatens to compromise my (and all) kids’ futures — ┬áthe BP Oil Spill. Here’s an especially disturbing video, lavishly narrated, that chronicles the sickness and death of dolphins and whales and the deep, organic wound to our ecosystem. Warning: it’s hard to watch.

If you want to stay on top of the eco-consequences of this unfolding horror, this blog is a good pick.

But Here’s the Problem with Wonder Woman

June 30th, 2010 3 comments

This story talks about yet another attempt to reintroduce Wonder Woman, this time with a new costume:

It’s a vast improvement, yes, but for all of DC’s effort to place WW in the Superman-Batman icon troika, it’s not worked yet, and likely won’t. Here’s why:

Her powers have always been a shadow of Superman’s. He’s all-powerful; she’s super-strong, but less so. He’s indestructible; she has some resistance to injury, but has to fend off bullets with her bracelets, for Pete’s sake. He can fly; sometimes she can, too, but then why has she relied on her invisible plane? And so on.

Powers aren’t everything, as Batman conclusively demonstrates. But heroes need their own act. And a magic lasso isn’t enough, unless she’s planning to join the super-rodeo. The new origin even sounds like a Superman knock-off: Her homeland (Paradise Island) and family is destroyed, and she escapes and is raised by…ordinary earthlings. Folks like you, me, and Idina Menzel.