Wonder Woman Vol 2 #2

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Release: March 1987
Writer: Greg Potter
Pencils: George Pérez
Inks: Bruce D Patterson

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Wonder Woman Vol 2 #1

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Release: February 1987
Writers: Greg Potter & George Pérez
Pencils: George Pérez
Inks: Bruce D Patterson

The interesting thing about this origin is that I’m reading it shortly after seeing the pilot of the Lynda Carter TV series on a whim the other week. I don’t intend to write about that (yet), but I say it only because it puts a few things into start relief when you compare that origin to the one we’re given in this comic. I don’t actually remember much of the Golden Age origin as presented in those comics, as it’s been quite a few years since I’ve read them, but the TV show offers us a Paradise Island that is magical but not mythical, and that matters a lot in contrast to the origin that we’re given a decade later. (more…)

Why Wonder Woman?

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I’ve always been told that Wonder Woman comics are not very good, but I’m not entirely sure why. I have my suspicions: superhero comics are a male dominated field and continually struggle with issues of sexism that come with that as much if not more than other popular fiction mediums; she’s a character with nearly as much history as Superman and Batman but with far less mainstream history to allow her stories and archetypes to be household in the same way that the Wayne murders or Clark’s glasses are; she’s regularly given radical direction shifts because of those reasons above; and finally, her story is just kind of weird. Her origins are uncomfortable for a lot of people, most incarnations of the character come with a lot of mythological baggage, and with her only live action appearance limited to a TV show that is relegated to the dustbins of ancient television, there just doesn’t seem to be a lot for people to grasp on other than she’s the girl of the DC universe, and nobody seems willing to be dissuaded too far from that idea minus the odd particularly good appearance somewhere else. (more…)