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Sunday, May 13, 2007


Okay, remember how I said that I wanted to see a Madeline Kahn as Empress Nympho sort of character in the DCU.

Well, David C's comment about the JLU not-quite-evil Circe made me realize the perfect character: Medusa.

It's perfect really. Medusa is vain, beautiful (at least as a human), and got cursed because she banged Poseidon in Athena's temple. She also apparently banged the Cyclops to birth the not-evil Cyclon, as we saw in Sins of Youth.

Doesn't that sound like a woman you could see going "Do I have any openings that this man might fit?!"

Now, naturally, the biggest problem is that she's dead, courtesy of Perseus. But hell, this is comics. Greek Myth-massacring comics at that. So that ought to make resurrection fairly simple. Maybe Athena's still got the head around somewhere and she can be reformed.

Also since it's comics, she probably doesn't need to be actually hideous so long as she's got snakes for hair and certain inhuman features. Heck, since Perseus used a reflective shield to kill her, this probably doesn't need to put that much of a damper on her sex life. And depending on her resurrection style, she doesn't even necessarily need to remain a villain. She could even be a very funny reluctant ally.

I think she'd be a blast, really. Diana's at her best, I think, when dealing with crazy people, and the Amazons are all a bit stiff. A crazy, mischievous, comic relief-sorta foil would be just the thing to bring Wonder Woman a dose of fun again.

Edited to add: Mike reminds me that Medusa HAS actually shown up in Rucka's run and gotten killed again. Darnit! But then again, maybe a new woman can bang someone in Athena's temple and get cursed. Medusa as a legacy character could be funny too!


  • At May 13, 2007 12:11 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    Have you read Rucka's Wonder Woman? Where Medusa seeks out Diana because she is Athena's champion, and kills a kid in the process. This results in Wonder Woman and Medusa having a televised fight where Diana blinds herself with the poison from one of medusa's snakes before beheading her?

  • At May 13, 2007 2:56 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Darnit, I'd forgotten she got brought back already!

    Too bad. *snaps fingers*

    Well, if Hippolyta can be brought back crazy and temporarily evil I'd imagine they can bring her back good. :-)

    Or heck, curse someone new to become a Medusa-type. That could be fun!

  • At May 13, 2007 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Didn't the mythical Medusa have sisters who were also cursed? If I'm remembering that right, you could then have one of those show up and declare vendetta, or something. The Greeks liked revenge. =P

  • At May 13, 2007 6:32 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    Yeah, they along with circe (I think) were responsible for medusa's ressurection in the comics, and I think one was fairly silly, so that could work

  • At May 13, 2007 8:51 PM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    DC also had a Medusa themed member of the Creature Commandos. Well the original version. I can't remember if she appeared in the revamp they did a few years back...


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