We’ve heard from Superman. We’ve seen plenty of Batman. This week, we finally catch up with DC’s First Lady, Wonder Woman. Does she take her rightful place as member of the New 52’s DC Trinity, or does she fall as flat as her failed TV pilot?
In Wonder Woman #1, writer Brian Azzarello brings Princess Diana into this new DC era and immediately surrounds her with elements of the mythology from which she was originally conceived. Greek gods, monsters, and mysticism permeate this first issue, creating a much more fantastic tone for Wonder Woman, rather than placing her in an urban setting like Gotham or Metropolis. Before our heroine even appears on the page, we are greeted by nameless (and in one case, faceless) villains who appear to be declaring war on the gods. It is only through the intervention of Hermes, messenger of Olympus, that Wonder Woman becomes involved. In a somewhat rushed series of panels, she literally gets out of bed and dons her costume, ready to go kick some ass. She immediately finds herself thrust into guard duty, protecting a young girl who may or may not have experienced some divine intervention of her own. *wink wink nudge nudge* Could we be gearing up for some biblical themes to go along with the Greek mythology? An intriguing prospect.
As we all know, the New 52 have brought about some costume changes, ranging from Superman’s armor, to Green Arrow’s Smallville duds, but in the last year, no one’s attire has garnered more attention than that of the Amazon Princess. For Wonder Woman #1, she’s back in her original costume (or at least a version of it), but this time around, some of the blues and reds have been replaced with black, possibly as an attempt to maintain the dark color scheme seen in the recent Jim Lee costume design. Thankfully, the motorcycle jacket has gone the way of Bat-nipples. Props to artist Cliff Chiang for keeping Wonder Woman looking classy.
While there is plenty of action and a slew of unanswered questions to bring you back for #2, Wonder Woman #1 falls a little short when it comes to getting the reader involved in the characters. Instead, you’re simply attempting to keep track of who these characters are, while also doing your best to pay attention to the rapid-fire pace – Monsters! Wonder Woman, we need you! Punch! Kick! Lasso! She’s pregnant! MOO?! To Be Continued! As a means of grabbing attention, the book does an excellent job…as long as you can follow along. Hopefully, we’ll get to examine Diana as a character in the near future, and learn how her relationship with the Greek gods will shape this story.