In the meantime, I have picked up the relaunch of Wonder Woman, though belatedly. Yeah, I went to my local comics store the day after it hit newsstands. Imagine my frustration when I found that it had already sold out. Apparently the owner did not anticipate the obvious demand for the new Amazon Princess. Is nothing right about this town?
I suppose that I could have driven to the other comic book shop, but it is owned by a scary evangelical Christian. I prefer not to patronize the businesses of the evil. So, I had to wait until the first shop ordered more copies.
Now that I and the world have seen the new book, I feel free to talk about it. I don’t tend to do reviews of comics. There are many other bloggers who do a much better job reviewing comics than I could ever do. They simply know more than I know, for starters.
In this case, though, we are not talking about just any old comic. No, no. We are talking about Super Heroine Number One. My chosen avatar.
After reading it, then rereading it, and then sending it to the labs for testing, let me say that I am cautiously optimistic about Wonder Woman’s relaunch. Of course, the fact that she has an openly gay writer (Allan Heinberg) helps, though that did not help that much the first time she had a gay writer. So, here are the 10 things I loved about the new Wonder-Woman comic and the
Let's start with the good:
10. The return of the eagle on her breastplate. I never, ever, liked the “WW” on her costume. Wonder Woman should have an eagle. Period.
9. Diana Prince as Wonder Woman’s secret identity. Maybe I am just
8. As a gay man and a historian, I am predetermined to love homages to the past. It is my destiny. So you can imagine the squeals of delight that this book created with the ultimate homage of Diana Prince wearing a white jumpsuit in honor of the misguided “Emma Peel” years of Wonder Woman.
7. The return of the Diana Prince bun. Oh, yeah, we love a powerful woman with a bun of steel, much like first-season Kathryn Janeway.
6. Wonder Girl gets beat up – a lot. Okay, see, here is the deal with that: I just never liked Wonder Girl. I didn’t like her when Wonder Girl was supposed to be Diana, just younger. I didn’t like her when she became a separate individual as Diana’s adoptive sister. I didn’t like her when she was part of the Teen Titans. I didn’t like her when Debra Winger played her on the t.v. show (who couldn’t master the spin to save her life!).
I didn’t follow or care about Wonder Girl’s really bizarre death/rebirth/alternate universe story as Donna Troy. Now I am told there is some new Wonder Girl. Chrissy? Kelly? Cassandra? Whatever.
Much like I didn’t mind seeing Robin die (who everybody thought was Dick Grayson, but was really Jason Todd, but that is another entry entirely), I would be more than happy to see Wonder Girl expunged from the DC universe. Is it any mystery that Diana didn’t bother telling Donna where she spent the past year?
5. The comic referred to the Amazon home by both Themyscira and Paradise Island.
4. Oh, how I loved to see classic Wonder Woman characters back in print. Cheetah? Present. Dr. Psycho? Present (I thought he was dead. Fellow comic-book nerds? Help me out here). Giganta? Present. Steve Trevor? Present (well, kind of).
3. Even though I don’t care for that skank Wonder Girl (see #6), I liked that she used her earring as a weapon. Now that’s the spirit of Wonder Woman! All of her fashion accessories always served multiple purposes.
2. References/side jokes to just how useless Steve Trevor always turned out in any mission, ever.
1. The comic is about Wonder Woman. Really, we don’t need more, do we?
Now, though, we must deal with my gravitas. Yes, I am optimistic, but I have fears:
8. Themyscira is still gone (again). We can’t have Wonder Woman without Paradise Island.
7. This comic did not include nearly enough boomerang-tiara action.
6. That skank Wonder Girl says that the magic lasso only compels people to tell the truth. This is in direct violation of the Marston Wonder Woman. Come on people, the lasso compels people to obey any order, including telling the truth. The first season of the t.v. show reduced the lasso to just truth-telling to keep Wonder Woman from being too powerful (but CBS thought better of that idea when they brought the show to the modern era).
5. What if Diana does not return as Wonder Woman and we are stuck with that skank Donna Troy, whom we all hate? Allan Heinberg has claimed that Donna will be Wonder Woman for at least five issues. This is not good. We don't like anybody being Wonder Woman except Diana, least of all that skank Donna Troy.
4. Okay, Diana’s breasts were the size of watermelons – again. I understand this to be part of the Dodson style. I know also that she runs around in a modified Playboy bunny costume. Still, do her breasts need to be inhumanly large? Really?
3. Not much actually happened in this comic. I mean the art looked great. I loved Diana Prince and her white jumpsuit in the end shot. We didn’t really get much of a story, though.
2. I want to believe, but how can Wonder Woman develop a secret identity as Diana Prince when the whole world knew her as Wonder Woman, the Ambassador of Themyscira?
1. DC has constantly found ways to screw up Wonder Woman for the past twenty+ years.
Alright, kiddies, you know that I am ready for the next issue. My fears aside, I have hope for the new Wonder Woman.
If you have not yet bought your copy of Wonder Woman #1, get to your local comic book store now. What the hell is wrong with you?