Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Beowulf

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Subj: Re: not quite.
Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 at 03:09:34 pm EST
Reply Subj: not quite.
Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 at 11:39:31 am EST

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Diana is the *best* of what the Amazons have to offer - not only philisophically or power (obviously) but in skill as well. This has been repeated (and proven during The Contest).

Diana, as a child, was tested: a surprise attack left many of her Amazon sisters in critical condition causing Diana great fear in using her abilties - and proving just what she was capable of doing. After this Phillipus (among others) trained Diana in the use of her abilities AND taught her how to control the level of power she uses (as seen during sparring sessions with Batman, Black Canary and Lady Shiva to name a few...).

The Contest, as written be WML had Diana powerless during the competition with 1/2 of her skill being transferred to Artemis (causing Diana to lose). The original Contest had Diana using her ability to control her speed & strength to match her Amazon sisters (and why would she lie? Shes the living embodiment of The Truth)...

Hippolyta showed how trained in marital arts the Amazons are - she defeated Heracles in h2h combat even though he is Class 100 and she is only Class 10 - using far superior skill. Diana is better than her mother.


> I think that WW just cannot be that great an martial artist.
> It is a bit of a contradiction.
> Why? Because the current version already possesses vast superpowers. If you are a powerhouse and much more powerful than your instructors, how can you become a true master of such skills?
>
> Pre-crisis Wonder Woman was the best of all amazons, thanks to her skills. She was the first among equals(more or less) Post-Crisis Wonder Woman is god-powered and far beyond beyond her sisters abilities to compete(Which made the contest a bit of a joke IMHO). If all amazons were as powerful as Diana and then they would train martial arts with each other, only the sky would be the limit. And not even Superman would stand a chance. But that is not the case.
>
> Faora on the other hand mastered her kryptonian kung fu on Krypton, where she was as normal as any other Kryptonian and still became the deadliest woman alive. A kryptonian Lady Shiva crossed with Ted Bundy. So superpowers combinated with vast fighting skills made her a truly terrfying opponent.

> Diana is the *best* of what the Amazons have to offer - not only philisophically or power (obviously) but in skill as well. This has been repeated (and proven during The Contest).
>

That is the problem. Again, we are comparing beings with class one superstrength with another possessing class 100 superstrength( in Diana's case rather more like class 1.000.000), not to mention speed.
A contest cannot be fair, since the deck is stacked already.

> Diana, as a child, was tested: a surprise attack left many of her Amazon sisters in critical condition causing Diana great fear in using her abilties - and proving just what she was capable of doing. After this Phillipus (among others) trained Diana in the use of her abilities AND taught her how to control the level of power she uses (as seen during sparring sessions with Batman, Black Canary and Lady Shiva to name a few...).
>

Which exactly proves my point. She was taught to hold back. She cannot go full power against beings, which don't possess her enhancements. She has to hold back, out of fear of hurting somebody.
In order to really hone her skills to the most, she would have to battle her peers. She would have to fight regulary against Superman, CM, Martian Manhunter, Big Barda etc... to really maximise her skills. A normal amazon couldn't really guage her skill-level, since she operates on a completely different level.

> The Contest, as written be WML had Diana powerless during the competition with 1/2 of her skill being transferred to Artemis (causing Diana to lose). The original Contest had Diana using her ability to control her speed & strength to match her Amazon sisters (and why would she lie? Shes the living embodiment of The Truth)...
>

That is just as belivable as Northstar not using his superspeed to win skiing matchs. In the end, he had to admit, that he didn't know for sure, if he had used his speed or not.
In Diana's case, it is even more drastic.
You cannot tell me, that she can somehow deactivate her far greater strength and choose not to use it.

> Hippolyta showed how trained in marital arts the Amazons are - she defeated Heracles in h2h combat even though he is Class 100 and she is only Class 10 - using far superior skill. Diana is better than her mother.

Apples and oranges. She is more powerful than her mother and stronger than Heracles, which means we are back to the problem. Also she know the amazon fighting style. I never said, that she was completly skill-less.
Only, that she is not as skilled as other non-powered fighters due to her greater powers preventing her from reaching that level.




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