I´ve now read through the Wonder Woman series up to vol. 3 #28, and my quest for a canon lesbian couple among the amazons has been succesful. I guess it´s always been clear, but Menalippe and Penelope were an item from the start, though it took these pages to fully convince me.
Sadly Menalippe died, I don´t know how, as it didn´t happen in a Wonder Woman issue, but apparently she was killed by Circe, if anybody knows the circumstances, please elaborate. Now, despite this outright declaration of lesbian love, I had yet to see any physical expression of such love between amazons, straight couples continued to kiss and get down on beds together, but it seemed the amazons live purely platonic relationships. And not just that, but after Perez it took years before another amazon couple appeared, that was when Jimenez took over, and we met these two, who were also the first amazons I saw to display their relationship physically:
Not only that, we learned that Iphthime here may also have been in a past relationship with the amazon Hellene:
Iphthime and Anaya weren´t shy about declaring their feelings for each other either:
After that, it took a few years more before we got another possible amazon pairing, in the form of Io the blacksmith. I haven´t been able to decide whether I see her feelings for Diana as being idol worship ("She kissed me! I´ll never wash my face again!") or straight out love.
Some issues later, this unnamed amazon couple snuck into the pages:
Whether Io had a thing for Diana or not, their relationship met a tragic end when Io, in an attempt to save her amazon sisters from extinction, built a weapon of mass destruction, breaking Dianas heart (and her own) in the process.
And that´s it for amazon pairings so far. It still puzzles me that the series can have the amazons be in canon relationships, but they don´t seem allowed to kiss (on the mouth anyway) or go further than that, something the straight couples of the series have done multiple times. Censorship? Or is it simply amazon tradition not to be physical in same-sex relationships? Either way, I end with a panel that made me question whether Diana could be bisexual:
I guess we can only hope.
Oh, and I´ve also learned something else: Amazons go commando.