Welcome to the Star Sapphires

Disclaimer: If you don’t read comics or if you’re not reading Blackest Night, this will not make any sense to you. And if you don’t want Blackest Night #6 spoiled for you, come back once you’ve read it.

This, like most things, started on Twitter. Wait… strike that, it actually started on Facebook. But the debate was much more wide-spread on Twitter. Anyways, the issue is this:

As of Blackest Night #6, Wonder Woman is a Star Sapphire and people are finding it to be a bit of a stretch.

While not my first choice of Lantern Corps for Wonder Woman, I’m on board with this. I like this. A lot. So what I’ve done here is list the “problems” I’ve heard come up and address them. I am by no means an expert on DC continuity. So these are just my opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt (and maybe some tequilla).

“It just doesn’t make any sense!”
From a storytelling standopint, Geoff Johns (and Greg Rucka) has laid a good bit of groundwork for this. While it may not be glaringly apparent, I think it has legs in the context of the larger story.

While the Star Sapphires have previously been these crazy women consumed and possessed by love, Johns has worked his magic to turn them into a legitimate Lantern Corp empowered by the Violet Light of Love. Granted the Zamarons’ method of rehabilitating people with love is a bit… suspect, but it’s really not any worse than some of the stuff the Guardians have been doing. If you’re on board with the other Lantern Corps, you have to stop calling them the Pink Sluts and get on board with the Star Sapphires.

In Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1, whenever Diana pops up on a Black Lantern’s radar, she is emoting love. Personally, I think this is perfectly in character for her. While she is a fierce warrior, Diana truly and deeply cares for humanity – even the zombified remains of soldiers ready to attack her. Carol Ferris sums it up perfectly in Blackest Night #6: “There is no one on this planet loves it more than Wonder Woman“.

“Isn’t Wonder Woman more about Compassion than Love?”
This was my original feeling as well. The whole caring for humanity thing tends fall in line with compassion. But as a wise fraggle pointed out to me, that doesn’t necessarily mean Wonder Woman feels empathy and compassion for everyone. This is just a different type of love. Even though all the Star Sapphires we’ve seen up to this point have been driven by romantic or passionate love doesn’t mean it’s the only kind of love used by the Star Sapphires.

“Ugh, of course the put her in the ‘chick’ lantern corps’!”
I’ll admit that the Star Sapphires have always kind of rubbed me the wrong way. They’re pink, they kind of remind me of Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction”, and even a stripper would feel exposed wearing one of those costumes (come to think of it, Starfire should be a Star Sapphire). But as I mentioned earlier, if you’re on board with all the other Lantern Corps, you have to get on board with this one.

I think giving Wonder Woman a violet ring will lend some credibility to the Star Sapphires. She’s one of DC’s heaviest hitters and having her on any team is a good thing. I think the type of love she represents will lend a bit more gravitas to the Corps as well. Instead of being woman pining over lost love, Wonder Woman is a Star Sapphire with a deep love for all living creatures. I’ll be interested to see if and how this affects the way she uses her ring (I’m also really curious to see how her lasso with work with this new power).

This is also a good opportunity to redefine some overly sexed-up characters. And I think Wonder Woman is the perfect character to do it. When she first started appearing in comics, she was scantily clad and usually chained or tied up. Now, whether she’s in star-spangled underoos or a white jump suit, she still commands respect in a way few female characters do. Let’s hope she can bring some of that to the Star Sapphires.

And that’s about all I have to say about that. Did I miss anything? How ’bout you, what do you think about all this?

No Responses to “Welcome to the Star Sapphires”

  1. Blair says:

    Nice write-up. Completely agree with everything you said. Sure it was odd at first, but once you think about it, it’s a nice fit.

  2. Caroline says:

    I think this is a smart way to view it, as Diana giving credibility to the Sapphire Corps, rather than vice versa. I don’t think the whole Rainbow Lantern setup is ever going to be my thing (and Star Sapphires are definitely never going to be my thing) but if the goal is to find a way to make it work with the story, I can see this makes a lot of sense.

  3. Nice post, Ali. Mirrors my own thoughts as well. For me, I agree with critics that it’s likely that WW was slammed into place, and it is likely originally because of her gender, but at the same time, I thought the final product was made to work. And personally, I like the idea that WW does what she does out of “love” for the entire world.

  4. Ryan says:

    Nice article Ali, especially the wise Fraggle part ;)

    I’m really interested in seeing if any of these characters keep their rings after Blackest Night. (Almost certainly most of them won’t, but still…)

  5. El Frawg!!! says:

    Perfect choice for the “love ring.” People forget that with a lack of easy to find pornography in the olden days, and the women tied up in every issue, it was hard to find a copy of Wonder Woman without love all over them.

  6. Jon Stump says:

    I’m glad to see someone be rational about this. Some articles I’ve read have gone on a Warpath about WW being a Star Sapphire.

    Two thumbs up for referencing Fraggle Rock.

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