Ares gives peace a chance in G Willow Wilson’s first Wonder Woman arc
As the Greek god of war, Ares might not seem to have much in common with wonder woman. but G willow wilson, writing her first storyline for the amazon warrior since taking over the title on issue #58, reckons the two immortal enemies aren’t actually as poles apart as you might initially believe.
“he’s such an interesting foil and is kind of the Moriarty to her sherlock holmes,” she tells red alert. “I thought it would be interesting to look at these two characters who have similar powers but very different motivations. and also what would their dynamic be if ares saw himself as the good guy?’
drawn by cary nord, “the Just war” sees ares apparently embracing a more peaceful approach after teaming up with darkseid’s daughter Grail and escaping from their themyscirian prison. “one of the big questions of the arc is, ‘Is there such a thing as a just war?’ especially in this day and age where all conflicts are so complex, as there are so many different sides and it’s very difficult to figure out what the correct or just cause of action is in any given scenario,” explains wilson. “for me, it was a very easy way into not just the relationship and conflict wonder woman and ares have had going back to the beginning, but also these bigger questions like ‘is there such a thing as a just war or benign violence?’ we’re looking at that through this high fantasy lens, and I have to say the results are very exciting!”
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with diana being estranged from themyscira of late, there have also been some significant changes to the mythical island kingdom. “we’ll see that playing out in our world in some unexpected ways,” teases wilson. “some other olympians and a few secondary characters from the olympian world will also show up in some surprising and not always welcome ways.”
wilson also claims that wonder woman isn’t that different to Ms Marvel, whose adventures she continues to chronicle. “on a moral and ethical level, there are definite similarities between diana prince and kamala khan,” she reasons. “they both try not to lie, and it’s important for them to do the right thing even when it puts them at a disadvantage. If they were ever to meet, they’d get on really well!” SJ
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