Ares: Instant Villain
Superhero comics, or at least mainstream superhero comic books, is a dirty, cutthroat business. Yeah, I said it, and you can quote me on that. But before you decide to take on social media to start yapping about how unfair or uninformed I am for saying that with a barrage of poop emojis and comments about “how all these characters are an inspiration to me *boo hoo*,” at least hear me out. Like I just said, comics is tough business, what with the constant pressure by publishers on their creative teams continuously churn out hit after hit. Or, failing that, at least a product that would gain them a profit; it’s a business, so swallow it and take off those rose-colored glasses of yours. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the whole comic book industry operating that way, but it is entirely wrong to deny creators of the benefits of having had created stories and characters for their companies. Even worse, these publishers aren’t even above swindling their creative teams, the people solely responsible for where they’re standing at right now. To be fair, though, publication and corporate practices have relatively improved over the decades. Still, it isn’t something you can pop open a bottle of champagne for: you’ll never see Superman being owned by Siegel and Shuster in this world.
So, what does all that ranting have to do with the title of this post right here? Absolutely nothing. I just wrote that as click bait. Ha! Seriously, though, I’m here to tell you about DC Comics’ Ares character, as opposed to Marvel’s iteration of the character that gained a degree of popularity back in the 2000s, especially during the Dark Reign period of the whole Marvel publishing line (look it up if you don’t know it yet, non-nerd). As with most characters in the Wonder Woman universe – barring, of course, Wonder Woman herself and Barbara Ann Minerva’s Cheetah character to some extent – Ares is a pretty major character to anyone that follows the superheroine’s adventures in the funny books yet somewhat obscure to more casual fans of the property. In their defense, though, Ares can’t be exactly said to be a breakout property in the Wonder Woman franchise granted that other characters, especially the aforementioned Cheetah, tended to overshadow him. Note that I say that in the past tense, however, as Ares has come more and more to mainstream prominence starting with Brian Azarello and cliff Chiang’s run in the Wonder Woman series during the New 52 era of DC Comics.
It seems that Ares will just gain more exposure to the limelight in the near future, given--
(Okay, I’ll give you some time to stop reading here if you haven’t watched the Wonder Woman movie yet)
--Given his role as the main villain in the recently released Wonder Woman movie. Now, I just have to say that I can’t wait what Warner Bros. and DC will be doing with Cheetah. I am not holding my breath for it, though, given the DCEU’s whole track record. Hey, Wonder Woman was a good movie, but that isn’t exactly the trend for DC movies these days.