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Wonder Woman gets a makeover

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, July 1, 2010

The first lady of DC Comics has got a new look and backstory. With yesterday's publication of Wonder Woman #600 the Amazonian Princess known as Diana has had her look updated to better reflect the modern era. However, the question has arose as to whether old fans will approve of Wonder Woman's new look and whether the makeover will attract more readers to the character and comic book.

Since her debut in December 1941, Wonder Woman has been one of DC Comics' mainstay characters. However, as a superheroine, Wonder Woman's appeal to the public has never been as big as Superman or Batman. She's had her own 1970s TV show, been a member of the Justice League of America throughout the decades and recently starred in her own animated movie, but ask someone that's heard of Wonder Woman who her version of The Joker or Lex Luthor is and chances are they won't know the answer. Add to that the look of Wonder Woman's costume -- which, let's be honest, is more likely to be found in the bikini aisle of women's clothing -- doesn't have broad appeal in a society that's supposed to empower women as more than sex objects. Facing the growing non-relevance of Wonder Woman in the 21st century, DC Comics decided to give her a new costume and origin story that thet claim blows away the dust from Wonder Woman and reinvents her as a major player in the DC universe.

With issue #600 Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski has taken over the writing reigns of the comic book. Somehow the timeline has been changedfor Wonder Woman and her history substantually altered; instead of her home of Paradise Island and the civilization of Amazons being safe, it was attacked by a dark force and Diana's bretheren either slaughtered or scattered to the far reaches of the planet, in hiding for their lives. Hippolyta, the mother of Diana, sent her three-year-old daughter to modern civilization where she was raised in safety. Now a grown woman, Wonder Woman is just beginning to discover her Amazonian powers and abilities, as well as try and find out who destroyed Paradise Island and why they want all of the Amazons dead.

Jim Lee, DC's co-publisher, has updated Wonder Woman's costume to reflect what she might wear if she appeared fresh in 2010. Gone is the one-piece bustier and short set. While WW still has cleavage on display, she's now sporting a dark short jacket and covers up her legs. Her bracelets have been given more weight and now each feature a "W" on them, which Diana uses to leave a telltale mark on bad guys she punches out. Wonder Woman still has her magic lasso and tiara but she can't float on air currents, at least not now, and her fighting skills have been lowered as to fit her new origin story.

Judging by the fan reaction on the official DC Comics blog, most don't like the new Wonder Woman."I think that might just be the worst and most ridiculously unnecessary costume change in comic book history," writes one commenter, while another states, "Aesthetic-wise, it's alright, to a point. But story-wise, it's just like the consensus said, this is no different from the One More Day fiasco that plagued Spider-Man. For the first female super-heroine, she deserves better than that."

Time will tell if the new look and creative direction for Wonder Woman takes root or if DC decides to revert back to the old ways. Perhaps DC is testing the waters to see if the new Wonder Woman works in the hopes that they might be able to lift the long-stalled Wonder Woman movie from out of development hell.

-DC Comics.
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Posted: 9 years 48 weeks ago

In a nutshell,
 

     The new background sucks massively.  The new looks isn't too bad, but lacks enough of the old design elements to truely rvoke the orginal spirit of the character.

     Retconning the origin of a major character is so passe' that it is nausiating.

     A change in costume, OK, I can buy that.  A complete change of background?  Not worth it.

     As much as I respect J. Michael Straczynski's work on Babylon 5 and the many other comic properties he has worked on, I think that this is a poorly conceived, and, from the description in the article, a poorly executed change that will cost DC many readers and could result in issues with the estate of the creator of Wonder Woman, who, as I understand it, made legal arrangements to retain the rights to the character and could, in theory, yank those rights from DC should they either discontinue publishing the character or deviate too far from the core premise of the character.

     Such a change was attempted back in the late '70s and it didn'y work out too well then either.

 

Jason

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Posted: 9 years 48 weeks ago

WONDER WOMAN NEEDS SEX APPEAL!!!!!!!!!

SCREW THE NEW COSTUME!!! Hell, i liked her old costume!!! show some skin and stop being such a Buffy +Superboy with that half leather jacket thing that EVERY superhero wears!!!

Daltons chin dimple
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Posted: 9 years 48 weeks ago

I'm not too proud to admit this.....

My first ever pangs of sexual awakening were brought about by Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the TV show.  No traditional costume, then I'm out!

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
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Posted: 9 years 48 weeks ago

If there's one thing I've come to count on, it's J. Michael Straczynski screwing up comic characters.

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Posted: 9 years 48 weeks ago

this character also looks 20 years old and in cleavage... err... college. Doesnt Diana Prince have a younger sister?

She really does look like she should be called Wondergirl and together with with SuperGirl and Superboy they can round out another JLA for youngsters.

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Posted: 9 years 48 weeks ago

You can modernize her costume without completely elliminating it, i dont understand why they felt the need to give her long black spandex... EVERY DC HERO has long black spandex and a half jacket... hell they've been doing that since Superman died and the younger superboy wore a half leather jacket... at least they could have made the jacket into SOMETHING patriotic, there are no stars on her new costume and no BLUE either... as for woman feeling empowered, why didnt they give her a skirt like Supergirl? then she could have still had blue and maybe lined at the bottom edge with gold stars.

now she looks like she could just jump into Birds of Prey or any number of DC books and nobody would know who she even was because she looks like everyone else... blah.

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Posted: 9 years 48 weeks ago

There was an interesting comment on this in one of the UK Sunday papers.  Basically they said that whilst the old costume was sexualised and impractical, it also didn't matter as it was timeless.  The new costume will age and date the character as the look will pass further and further away from what is considered "modern".

It's like Superman.  Ridiculous costume with no real reason for it to be like that other than it being modelled on the circus strongmen who were popular at the time the character first appeared.  However you completely forget about it's ridiculousness as it is timeless.  You just completely "go with it" when you see it portrayed in any media.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
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Posted: 9 years 47 weeks ago

Superboy has been wearing nothing but a black shirt for a while, now.  Well, he was until he died.

Which DC characters are currently wearing long black spandex and a half jacket?  Nobody is coming to mind.

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Posted: 9 years 47 weeks ago

Looks like cookie cutter crap.  There's nothing redeeming about it at all.  Doesn't do Wonder Woman justice.  Sad, sad day in Wonder Woman history.

ShaneCeleb Wallpapers * Glee *
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Posted: 9 years 47 weeks ago

On the upside, when this guy running things goes in a couple of years, they can make a big deal about her changing back to a more traditional costume.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
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Posted: 9 years 47 weeks ago

Come on, nobody's commenting on the W's on the bracelets, along with the fact that she'll leave W imprints on the bad guys the pummels? That's classic! Plus there's tons of room for comedy. Some bad guy will come across an unconscious bad guy with an M stamped in his head. The bad guy will wonder aloud "What does M stand for?" The response from above: "It's not an M. It's a W. For WONDER WOMAN!" as WW leaps down and plants a W on new guy. I envision them doing that in every issue for at least the next year.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline