RFI Wonder Woman

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I've been thinking about her a lot lately, and I wonder if anyone knows her personal email, cell number or address can recommend some recent runs or minis or whatever.

What I'm looking for most especially is stuff that gives me an idea of her current origin, supporting cast, and place in the DC universe. I really don't know much about any of that.

Already planning on checking out:

the current WW run from the start (It got rebooted only a couple years ago, right?)

Amazons Attackazons

Power of Justice or whatever that jumbo sized Ross painted thing was.

I've already read Hiketea (sp?) and thought that was pretty wicked.

Do Steve Trevor and the Beeta Lambda girls still exist? If so, what are they doing? That's the kind of thing I'm wanting to know.

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 19:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Wikipedia's current entry is not as helpful as it might be. Here's the first sentence, with some added emphasis.

Wonder Woman is a fictional character with huge boobs, a DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston and one of the three characters to be continuously published by DC Comics since the company's inception in 1944.

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 19:31 (fourteen years ago) link

The Heinberg and Picoult parts of the current run are eminently skippable; Gail Simone's current run is much better. Also quite good: the Greg Rucka run, collected in (in order) Down to Earth, Bitter Rivals, Eyes of the Gorgon, Land of the Dead, Mission's End. The George Perez stuff is decent but not his best.

Two-page Mark Waid/Adam Hughes piece summing up current origin here: http://www.dccomics.com/sites/52/?action=biography&w=1

Douglas, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 21:06 (fourteen years ago) link

lol I love Wikipedia

HI DERE, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 21:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Also recommending the Rucka run, strange West Wing-vibes at first, but probably one of the better WW stories, as a whole. Especially since you liked Hiketeia, I think Rucka shows a much better grasp of the character (or least, his shape of her concept) that most writers. The only problem is that many of the B-stories got dropped in the run up to Infinite Crisis.

Admittedly I haven't bothered to read her other stuff, besides some of the '40s stuff which is totally camp and embarassing in retrospect. I am curious to what else is worth it.

Nhex, Thursday, 22 May 2008 03:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Skip the Showcase Presents volume.

Dr. Superman, Thursday, 22 May 2008 04:03 (fourteen years ago) link

And the upcoming Trinity series will probably give you lots and lots to chew on.

Dr. Superman, Thursday, 22 May 2008 04:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Wikipedia's current entry is not as helpful as it might be. Here's the first sentence, with some added emphasis.

Wonder Woman is a fictional character with huge boobs, a DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston and one of the three characters to be continuously published by DC Comics since the company's inception in 1944.

-- Oilyrags, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 20:31 (Wednesday, 21 May 2008 20:31) Bookmark Link

You can't fault it for accuracy though.

Stone Monkey, Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks, ev'body! That should keep me busy for a while.

Oilyrags, Thursday, 22 May 2008 15:30 (fourteen years ago) link

Hey, the library has all this Greg Rucka wonder woman tpbs!

Oilyrags, Friday, 23 May 2008 14:09 (fourteen years ago) link

six years pass...

I'm assuming there was a calamitous fall-off in sales after they wrote The Glop out of the book

soref, Sunday, 8 March 2015 08:32 (seven years ago) link

it looks like Robert Kanigher did this kind of thing a few times

http://41.media.tumblr.com/d1758b619f45357c95f84a87b9f9163c/tumblr_njwhcbmQlW1t33ceao2_500.png

soref, Sunday, 8 March 2015 08:35 (seven years ago) link

DO YOU SEE

soref, Sunday, 8 March 2015 08:36 (seven years ago) link

Guys, I'll always love just as much as the rest of my brain children

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 8 March 2015 19:04 (seven years ago) link

a Deconstructing Harry style movie featuring Robert Kanigher having conversations with Mer-Boy and Birdman etc could be pretty cool

soref, Sunday, 8 March 2015 19:11 (seven years ago) link

it beats the shit outta nu52, fer shure

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 8 March 2015 19:21 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

Around thirty years after reading the first post-Crisis WW when I was a kid and not understanding a word of it, I finally sat down and read to the end of the Perez run (I'm considering the end to be the point Mindy Newell takes over as scripter, even though Perez still has a "plotter" credit).

Kind-of mixed feelings about it all, although I'd say it's probably the richest and emotionally complex depiction of the character up to that point - given how directionless and unloved the title often felt prior to the relaunch you could say this is a pretty low bar, but that would do it a disservice.

- Perez does love his reams of Claremontian purple prose but I find that quite a charmingly quaint in a way - I guess the issues I have are mainly around the plotting. The best storylines have the relationship between Diana & The Kapatellis's at the heart of the them, but all too often this is sidelined in favour of HUGE, DRAMATIC, WORLD-SHAKING EVENTS! usually involving whatever big company cross-over was going on that month, which just makes the overall narrative feel disjointed.

- Was taken aback with how brutal the final arc with the rogue Amazons got, seemed like Perez was pushing it as far as he could without getting a "Mature Readers Only" tag. I don't recall any other mainstream DC titles of the time getting quite this bloody. Also seemed a bit out of character Diana not bothered by an entire city getting wiped off the face of the earth, even if the Bad Amazons were all a bunch of jerks. Seems like there was something more to be explored in terms of contrasting the pacifistic Themysciran Amazons against their crazy fundamentalist cousins but then it's all just binned off really quickly. Like Perez had written himself into a hole and just wanted to get out of it before he wrapped things up.

- Perez's art as strikingly detailed and vivid as I remember it from when I was young (the horrible recolours in the digital version do it no justice at all, original scans or nothing), but there is disappointing drop in quality after Chris Marrinan and Will Blyberg take over art duties full time.

- Depiction of Chuma the pygmy in the Cheetah storyline is problematic to say the least

"Spaghetti" Thompson (Pheeel), Friday, 7 January 2022 11:58 (five months ago) link


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