Her little Cornellian speil at the end was another thing about this issue that rubbed me the wrong way. It just feels wrong.
Yeah, that was very dissatisfying, and felt like a complete *violation* of her principles, rather than a validation thereof. It also undercuts Diana as a warrior; her multiple promises that she will stop this threat and will not suffer Genocide to live become so much empty talk. I really dislike the idea of Diana blustering on a very fundamental level, and now we retroactively have six issues full of it.
I mean, it's just wrong, and it sends the wrong message. She has that internal monologue about how letting Minerva and Psycho live all these years was selfish and irresponsible. Which this issue did absolutely nothing to disprove. She just chooses to save Genocide to salve her own guilty conscience, and hey look, on the very next page we see that Genocide is about to cause further devastation. It's bull. The reason Diana doesn't kill the people who she doesn't kill is because they aren't beyond redemption. That has nothing to do with her, and is all about a higher moral calling. Genny is a monster, and has shown no evidence of any capacity for redemption. She needs to die and there should be no guilt or remorse in doing so. Taking the fight back to Minerva afterward, and having had that "I should just kill her" monologue, and then realizing "okay, wait, this one has done good in the past" and reaching out to her instead, or something along those lines, would have been a satisfying story, and actually thematically resolved her issue and the question of "why not kill." This just reads as mindless DC-boilerplate Killing Is Bad No Matter What, which has no place in Diana's mythos.