Before I met my wife I knew that some of the Wonder Woman episodes with Lynda Carter had nazis, and some didn’t. That was most of what I knew, or cared to know, about Wonder Woman. I didn’t have anything against her, she just wasn’t one of the comics I followed. (I tended to shy away from all of the more popular “flagship” characters.) Lena, on the other hand, really dug the Amazon Princess. After we married, we started getting the Wonder Woman comic… and since I am a comic whore and will read anything brought into the house, pretty soon I started reading that one too.
Now Lena has fairly exacting standards for a comic book, and it didn’t take long before Wonder Woman creators ran afoul of them and she put the book down. (I’m pretty sure she thought that the artist drew the shoes too chunky, but you’ll have to check with her to be certain.) Lacking Lena’s more refined standards (the technical term is being a stupid boy) I continued reading and enjoying the comic, and began to really appreciate the character DC had turned our Diana into. Strong, competent, and compassionate. A warrior and a healer. One of the central, and in my opinion best conceits about the character was that she was some 1,200 years old, and had seen and heard quite a bit, yet remained unjaded by the humanity she surrounded herself with.
Over the almost eighty years (in December) of her comic book career, Wonder Woman has undergone many reboots, and even more costume changes. Her powers have been all over the map too, though she’s always been super-strong to varying degrees. (My favorite is the power to type 160 words a minute.) In honor of the upcoming birthday DC handed Wonder Woman to J. Michael Straczynski (of Babylon Five fame) and Jim Lee for her most recent revamp. Blue jacket, white stars, and red bodice aside, Straczynski’s stated goal was to make the Amazonian look a bit more global, instead of strictly American, and give a more “world feel” to the book. They have achieved this with an origin McGuffin of the gods reaching back through time and rewriting all of Amazonian history, resulting in the destruction of Themyscira, the death of Hippolyta, and black stretch pants.
I might have mentioned that Lena is not happy. She was displeased with the new bracelets, she was angry about the new tiara, but most of all she was pissed about the complete lack of boots. As I also brought up earlier though, this is hardly Diana’s first wardrobe change. She’s had almost as many different tiaras, bracelets, hair styles, belts, boots, and bodice/shorts combos as she has artists over the years. She had the jacket before, even the black pants. One (very) short lived costume was a purple smock.
I am not at all worried about the way Wonder Woman looks. I am, after all, just a stupid boy. I’m a little more concerned about her age, since the rewrite knocks about 1,177 years off of our girl. At forty two I’m just not into twenty-three year olds any more, and as someone who has always had a thing for older chicks Diana always held a particular mystique.
But… I dig the comic. I like the idea of Wonder Woman, I like the notion of the powerful female heroine Buffyizing the DC Universe, and I’m willing to give it a shot. I might not like it once it starts, (I like the current artistic team way more than Jim Lee and his crew) but I’m willing to give it a shot. My guess is that A) this direction would make a better movie in DC’s eyes, and B) if everyone hates it the gods will likely decide to put everything back the way they found it after a year.
BTW, if I get divorced after Lena sees this, you’ll all at least know why.