With all due respect to the other powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, there have been too many times over the past few years where Wonder Man is seen fighting in one panel, and then he is show laying on the ground defeated in the next panel. I'm glad that Wonder Man is being used so much, but I miss the days when he was the fun loving invincible character that would accidentally swallow a shrunken exploding weapon that was at the bottom of his bowl of chips. Wonder Man is meant to be one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, but lately his invulnerability has been significantly reduced, with no real explanation. I hate to say it, but over the past few years, it feels like Marvel has allowed their writers far too much freedom to depict characters in whatever way they want, regardless of historical accuracy or realistic approach, because the writers "have a story to tell." It feels like there have been many stories that completely disregard any attempt to make realistic sense with historical Marvel universe. Many of these stories would make great "What If" stories, but there is no way that they should be considered historical Marvel history. Three big examples of this trend are (1) the vomit that was World War Hulk (there is no way any of that would have ever happened in mainstream Marvel), (2) the ret con that the Beyonder is an Inhuman, from the Illuminati series (which ABSOLULTELY is not true), and (3) the ret con reveal that Gwen Stacy had Norman Osborn's children while in Europe (do I really need to say anything about that?) It worries me, because I have collected Marvel comics for over twenty years now, but I feel like they are losing focus similar to the early 90's right before the near collapse. Similarities? Killing off too many characters, at times whimsically (too many recent character kill-off's to reference), too many short series' for irrelevant characters that no one is reading (ie: Silver Sable and Fortune, etc.), and jacking up the prices (to the recent outrageously high price of $4.00 an issue for a regular monthly series.) Seriously, someone needs to find the real Wonder Man and send him over to Marvel to knock some heads around and get things cleaned up.
On another note, I seem to remember Wonder Man's powers changing a bit at the end of his own series. Does anyone know if these changes were temporary or permanent? I seem to remember him being stronger and handling the Hulk pretty well in those issues, but now I bet (according to his current characterization) he'd be dispatched by the Hulk off panel. Any thoughts?