"A God Among Men": The Kapatelises' visit to Themyscira draws considerable media coverage, and Vanessa soon grows drunk on her renewed celebrity. While this alienates her longtime friend Eileen Flowers, it ironically endears her to Lucy Spears, who is shocked to l
- History has shown that reward is the cornerstone of faith, whether it be the promise of an afterlife... or something more immediate.
- -- Hermes
Appearing in "A God Among Men"
- Adams School
- Tony Hansley
- Queen Hippolyte (In a photograph only)
- Robed Woman
- WHGP News
- Marian Bifulco
- Billy Curley (Dies)
- Brian Hatcher
- Omar Ramos
- John Sardy
- United States of America
Synopsis for "A God Among Men"
The Kapatelises' visit to Themyscira draws considerable media coverage, and Vanessa soon grows drunk on her renewed celebrity. While this alienates her longtime friend Eileen Flowers, it ironically endears her to Lucy Spears, who is shocked to learn why Vanessa dislikes her.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman tries to outline Themyscira's future plans for cultural exchange at the United Nations, only to be interrupted by a strange figure who mistakes her for Donna Troy. This figure disappears when confronted, but a larger issue soon emerges: Hermes has abandoned the New Olympus effort, and returned to Earth to help Wonder Woman proselytize Man's World.
Though not malicious, Hermes proves an incredibly divisive figure, gleefully lavishing potential devotees with gold, jewels, and miracle-cures. Though many - including Vanessa - are impressed by his flair, the Messenger-God is scorned by Julia, who accuses him of ransoming faith. Wonder Woman attempts to mediate, but to no avail; when forced to choose, she reluctantly adheres to her heritage and leaves the Kapatelis household to follow Hermes.
Over the next week, the Amazon Princess grows more and more alienated by Hermes, who asserts they are humanity's superiors, not equals. At Hermes' suggestion, she takes a brief respite, during which Hermes is approached by a young woman fluent in classical Greek. The woman and her breathless reverence easily flatter Hermes; at her request, he eagerly enters Boston's slums to treat her dying father.
Too late, Hermes discovers the young woman is the gorgon Euryale, and her "father" Ares' surviving son Phobos. The monstrous duo quickly overpower Hermes and steal his caduceus, leaving the powerless God to face yet another ancient monster: Ixion, the mad king of Thessaly.
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- In Classical mythology, medicine was the domain of Apollo. In bestowing healing powers upon Hermes, Pérez has likely confused (or intentionally conflated) Hermes' caduceus with the Rod of Asclepius.
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