toughguywithbossygirlfriend:

phWriter : Greg Rucka – Penciller : J. G. Jones – Published : 2002

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I often read comments where this Comic was reduced to its Cover … Usually people try using “The Hiketeia” to show off how Batman is Reckless Brutal and Weak while Wonder Woman is Loving Compassionate and Powerful as a God… This is supposed to explain why Batman and Wonder Woman don’t fit together and don’t even like each other…

The irony is that this story shows just that Powers can’t solve anything. In the story, just like on the cover, it appears as if Wonder Woman is in control and dominates Batman. In reality even with her tremendous Powers and Skills Diana is the one that’s pretty much Helpless and has no choice then to fight against the only friend who doesn’t mean her any harm. Bruce tries actually to
help her to get rid of her real Problem, going even as far as to offer his own total submission to her, reminding me of his performance of “am I Blue” in the JLU’s “This Little Piggy”. The Story tried to point out that Powers no matter how Great and Awesome cannot help you to solve everything.

And even if the Cover seems apparently to show the opposite, this is one of the best WonderBat stories written for the two. It is way more subtle then most people think but for that you need to pay attention to some details like the “Diana” in the end.

But First lets remember how Diana and Bruce considered each other back then.

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(Edit from DC Comics JLA(1997) #61 – #66 – #74)

2002 was the year of the famous JLA kiss, making obvious (for anyone who didn’t get it so far) that Wonder Woman and Batman had developed feelings beyond friendship. Flirting and teasing, this was the start of a very long arc about an underlying Wonder Woman/Batman unresolved deep Love. 

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(Edit from the “Blackest Night:Wonder Woman #2” and “Forever Evil #7”) – Regarding “Forever Evil” and the “New 52″ you need only to remember that the Superman/Wonder Woman romance was erased from continuity (and thus never happened) to get the whole extend of this unresolved Love…

Considering the JLA in 2002, you already get another angle to their relationship in “The Hiketeia” even if it surely happened before the “Obsidian age” kiss.

So What is happening in the Comic “The Hiketeia” ?

A Girl, Danielle Wellys, kills a man and flees the crime scene. Doing that she runs into Batman and we learn that she actually killed several times. She escapes Batman and uses an ancient Greek ritual to place herself under the protection of Diana. While performing the ritual Wellys accepts to become some kind of slave to Diana in exchange of protection. Ignoring what the Girl did or why she needs protection the compassionate Diana gives into that old magical binding ritual. From that moment on Diana must protect the Girl against everyone or Die at the hands of the Erynies (the Furies), unless the girl frees her from her obligation. Somehow the Erynies knew this would happen and knew “He” would come… so they warned Diana that she was now bound to the Girl, relishing already in the Tragedy to come.

A week later, Batman, appears at Diana’s door to take the Girl back to Gotham. Diana refuses to let him take her … we, like Diana, learn more … “ four men” … ”Police searching” … “serial killer” … Diana starts to understand but is bound to protect her no matter what and cannot abandon her to anyone.

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(Edited from DC Comics “The Hiketeai” )

Lets please remember that Batman is the most intelligent person of the planet (according to Lex Luthor himself in DCeased #5… XD ). The moment Bruce Wayne understood that Diana was harboring Wellys he imagined the consequences for the Princess if the public learned about it. Sooner or later Wellys would be identified because of the GCPD warrant. How long will it take for someone, or some facial rec., to identify her in all the official places Diana takes her ? Then what ? she fights the Police to death ? in front of the reporters ?

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(Edited from DC Comics “The Hiketeai” )

Batman didn’t just tell Gordon, he came secretly himself collecting the fugitive. He could have made it so much easier for himself and just let Diana face the PD SWAT with TV reporters everywhere and see how she gets out of that one. He is already protecting Diana. Diana on the other hand needs to make him understand that she cannot let him take the girl and thus hopes he knows about the meaning of Hiketeia.

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(Edited from DC Comics “The Hiketeai” )

I highly doubt Bruce knew the meaning of that ritual in that moment so he tries again harder but never intending to really hurt Diana while she needs to end this the hard way knowing he isn’t the kind to give up so easily, thus the apologies on both sides. From Batman’s POV something is wrong, very wrong, because Diana isn’t really the one to protect a serial killer from a fair trial and she knows he doesn’t kill so Wellys doesn’t really risk anything from him. Batman doesn’t go away because Diana punched him hard and told him to go… Batman doesn’t take orders… He left for other reasons !… Bruce looking up to the Balcony knows he misses something and needs answers about this “Hiketeai” to get a grip on Diana’s extreme behavior.

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(Edited from DC Comics “The Hiketeai” )

After that first fight between the two Heroes, Diana is upset because she has been trapped to protect a criminal and doesn’t even want to listen to Wellys at first. finally Wellys explains herself but doesn’t free Diana from the ritual. Diana knows now that she is in a no-win situation and no one can get her out of it except Wellys, because obviously Bruce didn’t understand her situation.

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(Edited from DC Comics “The Hiketeai” )

We  learn that the Erynies actually pushed Wellys to avenge her sister by killing the 4 men in Gotham, then surely taught her how to perform the Ritual with Diana. The young Girl has been mislead and tricked just like Diana. The Furies obviously planned to oppose Batman and Wonder Woman. What else could be the reason for the Erynies to push for a killing in Gotham ? Since the beginning the Furies expected “Him” to come. Why Bruce Wayne ? They had to know he doesn’t kill but doesn’t give up either. Diana does kill, if she has to protect and if this is the only way to end an attack.

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(Extracted from DC Comics Wonder Woman(1987) #219)

Has this whole plan been orchestrated to force Diana to kill Bruce ? Are her Gods aware of her growing feelings for him ? Has this something to do with their longtime unresolved Love ? Or is this just meaningless cruelty ? Usually Diana’s pantheon seems to have a reason to do things … the story will end but we won’t get a clue about the why…

Wellys, understands she is the reason why a beautiful soul like Diana is now forced to fight and hurt one of her closest friend. Regretting what she did to Diana but too afraid to free her of her Vow, the Young Girl tries to flee without telling Diana but runs into Batman again. Either he didn’t return to Gotham or he already returned…

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(Edited from DC Comics “The Hiketeai” )

Surprisingly enough, the Erynies, who earlier seemed rather eager to rip Diana into pieces as soon as she would fail her vow, … wake her up and tell her where to go ?!… again it seems the Furies main purpose isn’t to see Diana fail her vow but to push her to fight Bruce.

Batman knew why Danielle killed those men long before Diana. The “Motive” of a murder is after all a very important part of a Detectives work to identify a criminal. He understands the young girl’s rage better than Diana who tried to picture what she would do if one of her sisters where killed. Bruce experienced himself what it means to lose close family at the hands of evil people. He never hurt Wellys and worried for her every time she put herself in a dangerous situation. Maybe he even considers she is safer if he catches her rather then a bunch of “trigger happy” law enforcement thinking they’re chasing a serial killer … anyway, he isn’t a danger for her safety.

Diana arrives convinced he doesn’t understand “Hiketeia”.

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(Edited from DC Comics “The Hiketeai” )

If you take a close look at the fight you notice it is obviously one sided. Bruce only evaded her attack and doesn’t take advantage when she is on her knees. He doesn’t even try … no batarangs, no mini-bombs, no sleeping gas, nothing …

Diana still thinking he doesn’t understand Hiketeia is pretty desperate when she uses his first name “Bruce … don’t make me stop you.”. Pretty helpless about what to do or how to stop him without killing him, she steps on his head asking him not to get up. Against all odds he tells her she’d win stunning her brain for a while. Even more when he starts the Hiketeia ritual on his own.

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(Edited from DC Comics “The Hiketeai” )

Unfortunately, Diana knows him too much to fall for his ruse … but not enough to know that even if you have Athena’s wisdom, when the Batman does something weird you just shut up and follow his lead ! … As Diana understands what he had tried to do and how she just wave it off, the desperation hits back full force and she closes her eyes while she considers the inescapable end.

Why couldn’t he just tell her of his plan ? … Well that could have been considered as an intentional move from Diana to break the rules of Hiketeia, earning her the wrath of the Gods.

Why doesn’t Bruce just quit chasing Wellys ? … To keep her safe Diana needs to keep Danielle close, but Wonder Woman is constantly under the spotlights… Leaving Diana alone means that sooner or later she will have to protect Wellys, from regular people, policemen, good and innocent people, maybe killing them or accepting the wrath of the GODs. What decent friend would let her down like that ? Not Bruce …

So she doesn’t have to say “Please help me” because the Batman never gives up and as long as he is there with her, she still has a chance that they both find a way out.

Danielle Wellys isn’t a bad person, she’s just a lost and mislead kid whose future was sealed by the Furies long ago. In a last move she decides that Diana doesn’t deserve to be doomed with her and jumps down a cliff to meet certain death.

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(Edited from DC Comics “The Hiketeai” )

Diana tries to catch her but two Furies stop her,  Bruce tries to catch Wellys with his grapple but the last Fury stops him as well. But in the end when everything is said and done the one name that he shouts is Diana’s.

Not because he is afraid of the Furies … but because he worries for her … what it will do to her … with all her divine powers she hadn’t been able to save a girl who may have done bad things but who had a good heart. With her last words,  Danielle released Diana.

While Diana breaks down, Bruce stands in the background surely tortured by guilt as well. He always felt survivor’s guilt, since that first time when he was eight years old… Every time someone dies … and he don’t.

As a conclusion, even if you ignore the romantic angle, Bruce and Diana are still dear friends and “The Hiketeia” is a beautiful story with much more depth then just the Cover pictures not-even-a-real-fight …

@fyeahwonderbat Maybe this could fit in the “Please Help Me” Day of the current WonderBat event … or eventually in the “Love Endures Delay” Day if you consider my comment at the beginning about “Forever Evil” and the “New 52″

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saultnpeppah:

Woohoo. New WonderBat event!! Here’s my Day 1 submission for @fyeahwonderbat‘s WonderBat Key Phrases event.

“Please help me.”

Diana continues to glare my way, the smirk on her face betraying her threatening tone. She watches as I roll my eyes, throwing a smirk her way, before I stand from the chair I have been seated on, and make my way to her. She watches as I walk towards her. Her bright blue eyes continue to stare at me, the color magnified by the dark frames that have been thrown across her face.

“I thought you had it,” I say playfully, watching as her smirk disappears. Her biceps tighten as she attempts to keep the items in her hand from falling. “Thought an Amazon could do anything.”

She carefully places the items in her hands on the table besides her hip, before she turns to me. “Bruce,” she begins, her eyebrows furrowing. “We agreed to help.”

I shake my head and cross my arms over my chest. “No, Princess,” I begin, “You agreed to do this for Lois. I simply got dragged along.“ 

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