Kinda torn about the new Wonder Woman. On one hand, the costume looks cool and pretty practical, and as much as I bitch about an Elseworlds-style setting for an in-continuity story, we all know sooner or later they’ll find a way to ‘reset’ the timeline.
What does bug me a little, however, is the whole ‘street fighter Diana’ bit. She’s a warrior, a goddess (well, she has been one anyway), a legend/mythical figure. If you take all that away, make her a gritty street fighter taking on thugs, aren’t you essentially making her Dinah or Helena with enhanced strength? What sets Diana apart is that she IS apart. She isn’t one of us regular folk, no matter how much she tries, and she has often been criticised for that. Perhaps that’s why they’re proposing this story, to give her a different angle, and it seems both of JMS’ high profile new projects are taking on that whole ‘one of us’ approach that he used for Thor and Asgard in Oklahoma. But it seems strangely odd to have this deified woman, the one everyone looks up to (which is her defining characteristic) and who, for all her ferocity as a warrior, is about love and compassion for those of us less divine than her, suddenly reduced to being an urban warrior.
Basically, it seems like they’ve taken away the whole mythical aspect of the character, which makes me think, “If she isn’t Princess Diana of the Amazons, if she’s just another superpowered street fighter, how is she still going to be that great example everyone else looks up to?” I am eager to see how this works out, ‘cos I’m sure JMS and DC have some plan in mind and also to see whether this fares any better than previous attempts at making Diana relevant to the contemporary scene. But I’m still a little confused about who this new Diana is going to be.
For brevity’s sake: I like it :)
I’ve been wanting them to change WW’s costume permanently for years, but it always seems to revert back to the “iconic” look, which is in itself a stagnant operating procedure that’s an overall problem in comics today. And I know it’s a fine line comic book writers (for the major’s, at least) must delicately walk every month, between writing comics that people want to read and writing comics that people want to pay for, so the allure is high to stick with what’s worked in the past and not fuck with formula, but any change to the status quo will always be applauded by me.
Unless it’s Electric Superman. I also wont tolerate any new superhero costume that involves crocs.