In Wonder Woman issues #69, 70 and 71, we visit the small town of Summerglen. Chaos has engulfed the small town as all the residents have stopped living their normal lives and instead given themselves over to their repressed desires. The social structure of the town has collapsed as a result and Wonder Woman has to get to the heart of it. At the end of issue 69, we finally find the being at the center of the chaos, Antlantiades who is based on the Ancient Greek God Hermaphroditus who is the dual-gendered child of Hermes and Aphrodite.
Antlantiades’s bi-gendered nature is not played up, which surprised me. I was expecting it to be the focal point of the story. Instead, we get a moral play about the consequences of giving way to feelings and passion. Unexpectedly, perhaps unintended by the writer, the story ends up being a refutation of the notion that each should pursue their own individual desires. The story shows the consequences of acting purely towards love and passion as motives. Diana becomes is tempted, but resists and shows those around her that others can be harmed when we blindly chase the objects of our desires. In the end, Antlantiades realizes that she was wrong. Passion is no substitute for responsibility.