Wonder Woman’s Dark Crisis Replacement Yara Flor Thinks Diana Is Outdated
Yara Flor finally came face to face with Wonder Woman in Trial of the Amazons but rather than look up to Diana, the Dark Crisis star took pity on her.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1, on sale now.
The future is fast approaching and nowhere is this more evident than in the world of Wonder Woman. The “Trial of the Amazons” event brought together all the different elements of Diana’s Amazon world and it united the original Wonder Woman with her next dark crisis replacement.
Yara Flor had an unexpected reaction when she came face to face with the original Wonder Woman in The Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1 (by Joëlle Jones, Jordie Bellaire and Pat Brosseau). While it is true that she will become his successor in the next crisis this summer, she was not in awe of Diana when she saw her. On the contrary, she thought she was overwhelmed.
This doesn’t just apply to Diana but to all Amazons. She explained that she did not understand why these powerful female warriors still serve the gods of Olympus. She considered all Amazons, not just Diana, to be stronger than that. She believed they could exist like her and her Esquecida sisters, completely independent and entirely removed from the influence of Olympus.
This stems from Yara’s origins, which were recently revealed in her solo Wonder Girl series. She discovered that the Olympians had groomed her to be their weapon since she was a little girl, even killing her mother to achieve their goals. They created all the problems in her life and then expected her to be grateful for it. As she explained in this issue, many global problems stem from them, and without them some of the worst things in the world wouldn’t exist.
So it’s clear that Yara’s opinion of the Olympian gods has deteriorated further since she first encountered them. Even though they gave her powers and training, it was tainted by what they did to her and the world, all for their own selfish reasons. Therefore, Wonder Woman is not admirable for her. On the contrary, she considers the Amazons, famous for having freed themselves from the slavery of man, as always enslaved by the Olympians.
It’s not like Diana hasn’t had her own issues with Olympians before. More recently, in fact, she had to deal with the problems they created when she traveled to the Godsphere after her sacrifice in Death Metal. She didn’t exactly agree with them or their methods there, especially since she had to save the omniverse from their failures. However, she is technically one of them. She was supposed to take her place on Mount Olympus but refused. It had more to do with her own desire to interfere in human affairs rather than anything like Yara’s views on Olympus.
Even if Wonder Woman wanted to turn on the Olympians for good, it wouldn’t be easy. The reason the three tribes have come together for this trial of the Amazons, has the gods of Olympus at the heart of it. They oversee everything, with the Themysirans claiming that he only exists with their blessing. Many things enjoyed by the Amazons of Themyscira are courtesy of the Olympians, including their immortality. The queen of Themyscira, Nubia, has also been shown to be in close contact with the gods on a regular basis.
The Bana-Mighdalls and Esquecidas may have parted ways with Olympus a long time ago, but those left behind on Paradise Island are simply not ready. This includes Diana. Even though she spends most of her time in the male world, she still has a strong connection to her home and its traditions. Both Diana and Yara received their powers from Olympus. Following Yara’s lead, the original Wonder Woman might find a way to sever her bond with them and rely on her own strength. However, her connection to her Themysciran sisters and their addiction to Olympus will always prevent Diana from taking the next step forward.
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