Thursday, June 2, 2011
A Bad New Era Dawns for Wonder Woman?
It's been a very bad year to be a Wonder Woman fan. First, Joseph Michael Straczynski decided to completely jack with her continuity, making her a a mid-90s "bad girl" fifteen years late. Then Straczynski got bored and distracted less than halfway through, requiring writer Phil Hester to continue a poorly received revision hamstrung by "story notes" and a shifting schedule. The full story was accompanied by a widely panned costume by historically awful designer Jim Lee. This suit went on to inspire the failed David E. Kelly television pilot, which either had its questionable potential crushed or will deliver Montezuma's Convention Bootleg Revenge for generations. Given the disparity in reviews, I'm pretty sure one of those guys followed Smallville religiously. Apparently, TV Diana would back Cheney on waterboarding, but he didn't go far enough for her liking.
Now, we're getting a new Justice League, in a newish continuity... with a slightly worse variation on the Jim Lee redesign. We get exceptional artist Cliff Chiang stuck drawing the thing in a new ongoing series. That series will be written by Brian Azzarello, responsible for the ponderous Superman arc "For Tomorrow" that is best known for being "No 'Hush,'" and a lot of hardboiled Vertigo stuff that would indicate more Xenafied Amazon hard ass bitchiness. Joy.
As an added bonus, it looks like Donna Troy will be joining Justice League International in possibly her least imaginative costume yet. I'm hoping that it's either a placeholder for something better, or that it maybe isn't Donna at all. I mean, it makes me sad to think Donna went from one of the iconic Teen Titans of the '60s-'90s, only to become a bit player on a second string Justice League team as an adult. What's next, a midlife spread in Playboy?
Finally, there's no firm word yet on Cassie Sandsmark, but it looks like Brett Booth is involved with a new Teen Titans. That strikes me as a good combination, so it's a shame Fabian Nicieza has been confirmed as not being involved. More griping as the opportunity presents itself...