Has Wonder Woman been living a lie? Diana uses her lasso of truth on herself in Wonder Woman: Rebirth by writer Greg Rucka and artist Liam Sharp. She notices several discrepancies in her life including conflicting origins claiming she was formed from clay and the biological daughter of Zeus.
“Wonder Woman comes out of DCU: Rebirth having realized a lot of what she’s taken as truth about herself is contradicted, and the contradictions have become so acute, she no longer knows who she is,” Rucka explains. “The first is called ‘The Lies,’ and she’s attempting to find the truth.”
Wonder Woman lesbian origin
Wonder Woman’s origin story “Year One” is retold in Wonder Woman #2 by Greg Rucka and artist Nicola Scott. It’s revealed Diana had multiple lesbian relationships while confined to her homeland Themyscira AKA Paradise Island. Not that she had a lot of options seeing as how it’s forbidden for any man to set foot on the island. Diana yearns to explore man’s world which breaks the heart of Kasia, Wonder Woman’s girlfriend…but apparently not her only one.
A series of panels shows just how close she is with her ‘sisters.’ Diana lands a “lucky” hit against her sparring partner, Sofia.
“Apparently, I get lucky a lot,” Diana replies.
The subsequent panel suggests the use of “lucky” was a double entendre. Io ogles a nude Wonder Woman emerging from a waterfall. Another Amazon mentions that Diana and Kasia are already an item…but not exclusive it seems.
“And Meghara and Evrayle. I don’t even know…” Io trails off implying a long list of lovers.
The final panel shows an Amazon with her hands on Io’s hip at a party.
This is the first time her sexual preference for women has been established in main continuity; however, Wonder Woman had a same-sex partner named Mala in Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1 by writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette.
“So let me get this straight. You’re from a Paradise Island of science fiction lesbians? With a side of bondage?” surmises Elizabeth Candy, an alternate version of Wonder Woman’s best friend Etta Candy. A lassoed Elizabeth later testifies at Diana’s trial and divulges that her first crush was on a girl and then a boy. Etta was straight in the main continuity but that too is in doubt as she has recently been retconned as a black woman.
Kiss and Tell
Wonder Woman’s first kiss was with Mera AKA Aquawoman in DC Comics: Bombshells #32 writer Marguerite Bennett and writer Laura Braga. Bombshells is set during WWII on an alternate Earth protected entirely by heroines, almost all of whom are lesbians. Wonder Woman joins the fight after meeting love interest, Steve Trevor, who suffers from shell shock. She coddles him until he finally mans up and earns a kiss from the warrior princess. They are interrupted by Mera, who boasts that she was Diana’s first kiss. The girls kissed under mistletoe when they were 13-years-old. Mera was less than enthusiastic about adventuring with Trevor, whom she initially refers to as Diana’s “pet.”
No Man’s Land
The Amazons have long been suggested to be lesbians. An all-female Justice League including a gender bending female Martian Manhunter attempt to rescue a man from subterranean Amazons known as Daals in Justice League Task Force #8 by writer Peter David and artist Sal Velluto. The all-female society bewilders Maxima, who is obsessed with finding a worthy mate to father her children. She asks how the Amazons managed do it.
“We don’t call it ‘Paradise Island’ for nothing,” Wonder Woman quips.
The Amazons don’t completely forsake men. They set sail and go on booty raids “thrice a century” explains the god Hephaestus in Wonder Woman #7 by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang. The misandrists throw the sailors into the sea when they are done with them. It was originally thought male offspring faced a similar fate but Hephaestus reveals he takes them to work in his forge in exchange for weapons.
Maxima was retconned as a lesbian in Supergirl #40. Maxima explains that she is not attracted to men and left her home planet rather than be forced to repopulate it. She makes a love confession to her straight friend, Kara Zor-El, who thanks her for coming out.
Queen of the Amazons
Even Wonder Woman’s mother, Hippolyta, had a same-sex relationship before she came Queen. A self-described “old crone” named Derinoe narrates a flashback sequence in Wonder Woman Annual #1 by writer Meredith Finch and artist Goran Sudzuka.
Hippolyta and Derinoe play grab-ass but they are interrupted before anything can become of it. Queen Alcippe is assassinated by a Spartan delegation and Hippolyta assumes the throne. A subsequent attempt on Queen Hippolyta is foiled by Derinoe at the cost of her youth. Derinoe believes her sacrifice to be in vain when Hippolyta falls for Zeus. She becomes enraged when their daughter becomes Queen and attempts to reintegrate the exiled male Amazons.
Derinoe hatches a plot to kill Wonder Woman using Donna Troy, a true being of clay formed without a man. The Amazons initially side with Derinoe but they turn on her after Wonder Woman gives a rousing speech. She tells her sisters that a true Amazon warrior “does not run from her fears…she embraces them.”
Wonder Woman marriage
Wonder Woman is seen officiating a gay wedding in Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #48 by writer and artist Jason Badower. The Amazon explains that in her country, “It’s not ‘gay’ marriage. It’s just marriage.” The story was in response to the United States legalizing same-sex marriage.
“I saw this Wonder Woman story as an incredible opportunity to have one of the most recognizable, iconic characters in the world to be among the first to step forward and officially endorse this new law,” Badower told Huffington Post. “But I thought, let’s not just have Wonder Woman embrace this new law, let’s have her celebrate it.”
We probably won’t see Wonder Woman in a new same-sex relationships anytime soon. On-again, off-again love interest Steve Trevor is featured in both of the book’s staggered storylines “Year One” and “The Lies.” Steve appears to still be pining for Diana, who broke up with the mere mortal in order to protect him. However, the couple appears to rekindle their romance in “The Lies.” Diana and Steve lovingly embrace each other on the cover for Wonder Woman #9 by writer Rucka and artist Sharp. They both seem to be reaching for her stomach. Is Wonder Woman pregnant!?