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May, 3rd

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: B, C, J and S
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: L, M and S
New information added to Appearances > Pre Crisis: N and S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015

Diana's new post Convergence CostumeApril 3rd

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: N, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover and synopsis added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 40

And no. The image to the left isn't an April Fool. This is David Finch's new - and rumoured permanent -costume redesign for Wonder Woman, post DC's forthcoming "Convergence" event. As bad as the Odyssey costume may have been, this hideous re-design leaves the iconic Amazon barely recognisable as the Wonder Woman character the world knows and loves. Quite frankly if you took away the tiara and changed the colours scheme, this could be depicting any number of generic heroines from dozens of other publishers.

Looking like what can only be described as a cross between a Nun, a Pro Football Player and Marvel's Wolverine - with the retractable swords coming from her bracelets -it almost looks like Diana got dressed in the dark one morning and put on every single outfit she found in her closet at the same time.

Let's be clear. This is NOT Wonder Woman - either in appearance or characterization. Not anymore. It's yet another sad day in the history of this beloved character, as DC continues to stray from her core values, in a desperate attempt to pander to supposed modern sensibilities and the flawed pursuit of "gritty realism" and "darker characterisations" post Nolan's Batman movies.

And needless to say, this abomination will not be featuring on this site - you can count on that.

 

February, 28th

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J, N, S and W
New information added to Appearances > Pre Crisis: N
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover and synopsis added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 39
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 39

 

February 1st, 2015

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover and synopsis added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 38
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 38

 

December 28th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover and synopsis added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 37
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 37
New link added to Links

Amazing cosplayer Margie Vizcarra Cox has agreed to be the new face of Amazon Archives and I think you'll agree she makes a very fitting Amazon Princess! Follow Margie on Facebook and don't forget t check out this incredibly talented lady's Etsy store at "That Chic Geek Boutique".
And thanks Margie! You rock as Diana!

And also thanks to her photographer Andrew Michael Phillips. Why not check out his websites at www.AMPCosplay.tumblr.com and www.AndrewMichaelPhillips.com

 

November 29th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: B, E, J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New covers added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 35 and Issue 36
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 36

 

October 5th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 34
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 34

 

September 6th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: A, J and S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014

August 2nd, 2014

The big news at this year's Comicon was the first reveal of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman costume for Zack Snyder's 2016 movie follow up to "Man of Steel", entitled "Batman v Superman".

For months now wild rumours had been flying around the forums and social media regarding what the costume would look like, with fears that Warner Bros. would get cold feet and put the famous heroine in the Jacket and Pants combo that featured in the "reinvention" train wreck that was the "Odyssey" story arc in issues #600 to #614.

In fact, some wondered if any of the character's iconic costume elements make it into the final design? Would she even resemble Wonder Woman at all; or just end up looking like a generic Xena clone or be seen as a poor man's Sif?

So when the final look was revealed to the anxious fans it was greeted - in the main - with a general sigh of relief and positive nods of approval. And while the costume was not directly lifted from the pages of the book unchanged, this was clearly recognisable as Diana and all of the key costume elements were there, though given a more realistic take here and there for the purposes of the Cinema world, just as had been done with Nolan's Batman and Snyder's Superman.

The biggest difference was that they didn't have her wearing her famous star spangled briefs and instead went with a "Greek Warrior skirt" look, lacking any stars whatsoever - the one big weakness with the costume in my eyes.

Some fans however had concerns that Diana was depicted with a sword, fearing that this was an indication of her characterisation in the movie and that we would see more of a New 52 interpretation of the Amazon Princess - and less of the peace loving, less warrior like Wonder Woman of the pre-Flashpoint era.

The biggest debate though raged over the costume's colours. The image was released with a heavy, muted copper filter applied to it - as had previous teaser publicity stills from the film -and there was an initial concern that the costume was virtually colourless - almost brown in hue - drawing further comparisons with Xena's costume.

But Warner Bros. were quick to reassure fans that the classic red, blue and gold were present and increasing the contrast of the image does indeed indicate that this is the case.

Anyway, take a look and see what you think.

In the meantime here is what's in this month's update:

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: A, B, J, N, S and W
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: P
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 33
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 30 and Issue 31

 

June 28th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: A, J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 32

 

June 1st, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: A, B, F, J, N, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 31

 

May 5th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: B, J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 30

 

April 3rd, 2014

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: D, F, J, S and W
New information and cover added to Appearances > Post Crisis: S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 29

 

Pete Marston and Lynda CarterMarch 1st, 2014

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: B, I , J, S and W
New information and cover added to Appearances > Post Crisis: S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 28

 

February 1st, 2014

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: F and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 27

At the end of last year Pete Marston, son of legendary Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston finally got to meet the lady responsible for bringing his father's creation so convincingly to life, the iconic Lynda Carter herself!

Click here for more pictures of this historic visit between two Wonder Woman icons!

And if you want to hear more from Pete himself, below is a fascinating interview by Tim Estiloz:

 

January 19th, 2014

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: D, J and S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014

January 1st, 2014

A new year and a new beginning! Well, sort of...

After much deliberation I have decided to continue updating the site with the current New 52 version of Diana. As regular visitors to this site will know, I am certainly no fan of the changes that have been made to this iconic character as a result of what I believe was an ill conceived reboot. And my opinion has not changed one iota.

However, now that I have had over two years to get used to the idea, even an "old timer" like myself is getting used to certain aspects of the New 52. For instance, Diana dating Superman and no longer being an item with Steve Trevor, which is likely to be temporary I suspect. I've even become accustomed to the new costume - though I consider it vastly inferior to the Terry Dodson redesign, which I miss greatly and which was a superb demonstration of how to "modernise" the iconic costume whilst retaining all the key elements. The New 52 costume's colour palette is still too dull and muted in my eyes - what with those ugly dark blue/black boots and the lack of any gold accents - but this is in keeping with the darkness and bleakness of the New 52 universe I guess!

That said however, as far as Brian Azzarello's interpretation of the character is concerned, I am still of the view that he has done nothing but harm to this character. The unnecessary origin change and the portrayal of the Amazons as murdering slavers are still unforgivable in my eyes.

And ironically, two years on, even though DC announced at the time that the launch of the New 52 would allow new readers to learn about these iconic characters without the baggage of the past, I doubt any reader of the current Wonder Woman book who was new to the character still has any clue as to who she is and what makes her tick. They have to look to other books such as Justice League and Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. to gain any insights as to what Wonder Woman's powers and abilities are in the New 52, what her world view is and what her past history reveals. And in addition she is often portrayed far better in these books and arguably more "true" to the pre Flash Point version of the character than is being portrayed in Azzarello's opus.

His seemingly never ending story arc, whereby the same group of characters talk an awful lot but do very little from issue to issue continues ad nauseam - completely divorced from the rest of the New 52 Universe. He is stubbornly focused on continuing to tell his "Adventures of the Olympic Gods (PS: Also starring an Amazon called Wonder Woman)" epic, without giving a damn about the rest of the DC Universe or continuity, not even acknowledging she is currently dating Superman! His Wonder Woman book simply feels like some stand alone Elseworlds/Vertigo title and it really needs to come to an end. Soon.

I will admit that a small part of me hoped that some of the more contentious changes to Wonder Woman would perhaps be "undone" as part of the much hyped "Trinity War" storyline that had been in the making from the very start of the New 52. Sadly, this did not transpire. More hype from the DC Suits.

With all that said however, I also recognise that this is just my opinion and that there are fans out there (though judging by the book's sales there are a dwindling number of them) who do actually enjoy his run and the version of Wonder Woman that the New 52 reboot has created. And many of those fans have asked me to continue to update the site - particularly the timelines and appearances.

Plus, with the recent announcement that Diana will finally get her big screen debut - albeit playing second fiddle to Superman and Batman (!) - the Amazing Amazon Princess will once again be in the spotlight of public consciousness and hopefully many more people will be wanting to find out more about this legendary character and perhaps even want to read more of her adventures. With regards to the movie however, it remains to be seen whether the casting of Gal Gadot in the role was either inspired genius on the part of the suits in Hollywood.. or a calamitous, misjudgment.

So, as I said at the start, the site has now been brought right up to date, including new, better quality images added to replace existing imagery, plus I have also even found some spare time to make the site a little more tablet friendly and give it a cosmetic makeover to celebrate my own site's "re-boot".

I invite you to take a look around and let me know what you think. Good or bad. The site is a huge undertaking and I work on it in my spare time. Just me. No help. So I recognise there are gaps, holes and maybe even the odd mistake here and there. I'm only human. But if nothing else, I hope visitors to the site at least appreciate the effort and the enduring love I have for this character - and that this comes across in this labour of love I call "Amazon Archives".

Chris.

March 24th, 2012

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Enough is Enough. This isn't a version of Diana I want to read about.

I said at the start of the "New 52" that I would give this re-launch a chance, even though I had considerable reservations about the direction the character was purportedly going to be taken in. And the omens were there right from the start. I have however read each issue, recognising Azzarello's obvious writing skills, but increasingly feeling uneasy about the way Wonder Woman - as a book and as a character - is being handled. Once upon a time I used to relish getting the latest issue and writing up the synopsis. Now I almost dread the task and feel just a little bit sadder each time I read a new installment - searching desperately for any tiny sign that the Diana I know and love is still there somewhere and will at any moment make a triumphant return. I've been patient. VERY patient.

But the simple fact is that this book hasn't been about Wonder Woman for a LONG, LONG time (I'm including the debacle that was "Odyssey") and with each passing issue it becomes ever clearer that Brian Azzarello never gave a damn about the character from day one - and was simply looking for an angle so he could tell a misogynistic tale about the Olympian Gods. Diana is a prop to him -to drive the real story he wants to tell and Wonder Woman is simply a high profile means to create controversy for cheap publicity sake. Nothing more. And DC freely gave him complete licence to do what he liked and effectively use the "Wonder Woman" brand to help sell his story. Shame on them for doing so.

The DC New 52 has turned into everything I feared it would. DC are creating a dark and depressing universe, catering for the bloodlust of the "video gamer" generation and in doing so have no qualms in deconstructing the Wonder Woman character - a world wide icon - tearing asunder her costume, her heritage, her motivations, her belief systems and pretty much every facet that her creator endowed her with and that made her the unique character she is.

I stopped caring about this book a LONG time ago and with the recent revelations in Issue 7, I am now certain I want nothing more to do with this travesty - and that it has no place being documented on my site. Because it sullies Diana's history and everything this site has endeavored to chronicle over the past several years.

This interpretation of Wonder Woman does not deserve the recognition - or even be considered as a part of her long respected history. It has NOTHING to do with the real Wonder Woman. It is a travesty. Pure and simple. And the tragedy of it all is that DC seems to be fine with it.

Over her long career Diana has encountered many foes determined to destroy everything she is and everything she stands for. It seems ironic that the ones who have eventually succeeded in doing so are DC themselves.

March 10th, 2012

New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
New cover imeage added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: B
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2012

March 3rd, 2012

New introduction text and a re-imagined cover to #231 (volume one) added to Galleries > Al Rio Artwork. This new artwork is a personal commission belonging to Jim McCloskey, who has very kindly given his permission for Amazon Archives to share so that others can enjoy this amazing piece of Al Rio history - a fitting tribute to a talent that has been so sadly lost to the world.

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2012
New cover image added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
Information and cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four> Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 6
Information and cover added to Galleries > Justice League (of America) > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 6

January 28th, 2012

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2012
New cover image added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
Information and cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four> Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 5
Information and cover added to Galleries > Justice League (of America) > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 5



January 2nd, 2012

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2012
New cover image added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
Information and cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four> Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 4
Information and cover added to Galleries > Justice League (of America) > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 4


December 7th, 2011

New cover image added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D, G and Jm-Jz
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2012

AMAZON ARCHIVES AND DIANA WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY HOLIDAY AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR!


December 3rd, 2011

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2012
Information and cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four> Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 3
Information and cover added to Galleries > Justice League (of America) > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 3


October 25th, 2011

Updated Appearances > Introduction
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D
New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2011
Information and cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four> Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 2
Information and cover added to Galleries > Justice League (of America) > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 2

AND WISHING WONDER WOMAN A HAPPY 70TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY, AS IT WAS EXACTLY SEVEN DECADES AGO TO THE DAY THAT SHE MADE HER DEBUT APPEARANCE IN ALL STAR COMICS #8...AND IS STILL ADORED TO THIS DAY AS THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS SUPERHEROINE!


September 25th, 2011

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2011
Information and cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four> Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 1
Information and cover added to Galleries > Justice League (of America) > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 1
Updated Intro Screen graphic (can you spot the differences?)


August 28th, 2011

New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D, F, Ja-Jl, Jm-Jz, S and W
New cover images added to Appearances > Post Crisis: D, F, Ja-Jl, Jm-Jz, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2010
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2011
Information added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Three > Issues 600-614



IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Please read:

July 31st , 2011

UPDATED: Well, what a merry dance DC has been leading Wonder Woman fans of late! Misleading press statements...doctored covers...but finally, we pretty much now know what this new Wonder Woman will look like. Thankfully, some sort of sanity seems to have prevailed at DC HQ and they have, in the end, kept relatively faithful to her iconic costume, retaining the core elements that make that costume unique and so instantly recognisable the world over - regardless of whether a person has ever read a Wonder Woman comic or not. While I'm still not a fan of the new costume design, she at least now looks like Wonder Woman again and not like some "wannabe" Super-Woman - although it appears Jim Lee and Cully Hamner have insisted on keeping the silly choker idea from Odyssey and for some inexplicable and ill-judged reason, have decided to give Diana...dark blue boots. Why??????? Blue boots certainly didn't work for the initially publicised TV Pilot costume - and were quickly changed back to the classic red after much public outcry and media vilification - so what on earth makes DC think blue boots look any better in the comic book medium? It's almost like Lee and Hamner felt they had to tinker with something just to justify calling it a re-launch!

As well as the above shenanigans over the past couple of months, I have continued to receive a number or requests from people asking me to continue updating the site. I have been flattered and - in all honesty- a little humbled that some people out there value this site so much and clearly love this character as much as I do.

With everything that has been happening of late, I have been giving much thought as to the future of Amazon Archives during many a restless night (yes, this character means THAT MUCH to me). As I had promised, I have continued to update the site with information relating to the classic version of Wonder Woman for the remaining few appearances she makes in the current DC Universe as we know it - and even past the September 1st launch date of the new DC Universe, there will still be the odd appearance to document of the classic Diana in "DC Universe Online Legends", which will continue to play out it's 26 issue arc - even though it depicts the "old guard" of DC heroes! (How confusing is that going to be for new readership of the DC Universe?)

I have also cautiously taken the decision to re-instate the content I had previously removed and have brought the site completely up to date as far as documenting the end of Volume Three is concerned, including relevant appearances in the Flashpoint crossover event.

I have done this partly on faith, as I am heartened that DC Comics have not totally abandoned their senses...although at least not yet. Because even if we may now have a Wonder Woman wearing a new costume that has not strayed too far away from her iconic look (blue boots aside)- the far bigger question remains as to what sort of character she will be in this brave new world of DC's? Have they learned from their (many) editorial mistakes of the past that brought us such travesties as "Trinity" and "Amazons Attack!"?

Do they finally get what this character is supposed to be - or will new writer Brian Azarello try and emulate the misguided approach taken by David E. Kelley for his ill-fated TV show pilot, who tried to bring us a darker, brooding, vengeful and even murderous Amazon Princess in the name of so called "modernisation and relevance" and in the process showed just how little he knew, cared or understood about this character and her unique appeal? And far more worryingly...did DC endorse this totally out of character and ill-judged version of Wonder Woman because it somehow actually fitted in with their own vision for this character?

In recent interviews the new creative team seem to be taking Diana in a very new and somewhat different direction - which may be a good thing - or it may be a bad thing. They do at least acknowledge her status as an iconic character, but believe the character is more recognised than she is known by people and that this re-launch will be an opportunity to try and address this situation.

I agree to some extent with this assessment and that every fan has his or her own particular view on what the perfect interpretation of this character is meant to be. Personally, I think a lot of the blame for this situation lies squarely with DC and their own poor editorial record, whereby they have allowed too many previous creative teams to stray from canon and established historical characterisation. This has meant that multiple interpretations of this character have attracted different types of fans over the years, so that in the end there is no longer a clear collective view of what makes this character actually tick - simply because the original "template" has become so diluted over time.

So - will this new incarnation of Diana remain true to the original Marston legacy and be the peaceful, loving, virtuous, caring and forgiving spirit that her creator always envisioned? Will she feature in stories that bring us adventure, fun, drama, action and suspense but without the misogyny and ultra violence of the past? And will this be a version of the character that is worthy of being recorded and documented as part of this web site, alongside her established 70 years of history and canon?

We shall see over the next few months...so continue to watch this space...

 

June 3rd , 2011

The real Wonder Woman disposes of her impostor!END OF AN ERA...END OF AN ICON...AND END OF A WEBSITE???

Around June time last year I wrote the paragraph below, following the major changes made to Wonder Woman in issue 600:

"But I sincerely hope that in twelve months time I don't look back to this day and think to myself that this is the moment DC destroyed an icon...and turned Wonder Woman into nothing but a shadow of her former glory.

And if they do, I would need to give long hard thought as to whether this web site should continue to chronicle the adventures of a character I simply no longer recognise or consider to be the REAL Wonder Woman."

Well, here we are almost twelve months on and everything I feared has come to pass. After having stayed the course during Straczynski's year long story arc - that introduced both a new origin and costume for the Amazon Princess - all the while hoping that at the end of this opus we would see the return of a newly reinvigorated, revitalized, but none-the-less classic version of Wonder Woman - it is now clear that "Odyssey" was in fact simply a dress rehearsal for the main event.

The new Diana...now a Wonder Woman in name only she has simply become "Generic Woman" On June 1st, 2011 DC announced that with effect from September the entire DC Universe would be' re-booted' and that every single character would start from #1 with new costumes and origins - and yes, that included Wonder Woman - in what would be her fourth #1!!! As part of the press release DC made it clear that this "bold new era" would introduce their long cherished characters to a whole new generation of comic book readers - re-creating these icons to become a more relevant, more appropriate reading proposition and that would be more in tune with 'modern day sensibilities'. In other words they want to sell more comic books. It's a commercial decision. I get that.

Stating it another way however, their strategy is now to effectively ignore their core fan base, whom they clearly perceive as having held back these characters, and instead wish to appeal to a 'new generation' that have up until now shunned such comic books.

And by "core fan base" I am referring of course to those long time fans who have supported this book throughout it's highs and (too many) lows - giving up their hard earned money for the past few decades to line DC's corporate pockets - and who in turn were only too happy to receive it. But it appears now we are surplus to requirements. Truly DC, I get it - there's no need to dress it up in corporate PR spin. You're not interested in us anymore. Thanks, I know when I'm not wanted...

You see, DC Comics are operating under the misguided belief that in order to make money, they must somehow throw the baby out with the bath water and re-engineer their characters to make them "relevant" and "modernistic" (There are those words again). But the simple truth is that there is nothing wrong with Wonder Woman's origin, costume or overall characterisation. That's why she's still the most recognisable and adored super heroine in the world. On the contrary, what has held this book back is DC Comics own lamentable editorial decisions made over many, many years.

Where do I start?

The numerous botched re-launches...."big name" writers who barely last five issues...a muddled continuity caused by incessant tinkering with timelines and origins...appointing creative teams who either have no clue as to the character's motives or who have no appreciation of canon...condoning disrespectful depictions of the character through cheesecake art...allowing writers to depict her as some 'man hating bitch'... endless confused, incoherent and quite frankly unnecessary cross over events that de-rail any head of steam that this book attains. The list goes on...

In fact, with regards to the latter point, this is precisely what occurred to Greg Rucka. In my opinion, Greg had already created a modern day, relevant Wonder Woman that made sense on so many levels - and he did this without introducing new costumes or straying in any way, shape or form from the character's core concepts and principles. And yet, just as he was finding his stride and building a believable world around Diana, with interesting supporting characters and a fascinating rogues gallery, along comes the awful "Infinite Crisis" cross over - effectively scuppering any long term plots Rucka may have had planned. Instead, "Infinite Crisis" brought us the Amazon Princess murdering Maxwell Lord in cold blood - a stunt done by DC purely for the shock value and the fast buck.

It's rather ironic actually. Because they had their "relevant", "modern" Wonder Woman right there staring them in the face courtesy of Rucka - and they blew it! Just as they have done over and over and over again...

I'm sure that some reading this will say that I am simply a "bitter fan boy" who is still living in the past...a dinosaur from another age, unwilling to accept that the world has moved on and that the "rose tinted" affection I have for this character has flawed my judgment as to what is best for Wonder Woman's continued success. And perhaps they are right to think this.

I sincerely hope that the "new Wonder Woman" will enthrall her "next generation" of readers for many years to come, just as much as she has done for me over the past few decades - and that in 2081 these legions of new fans will be celebrating her 70th anniversary with happiness and fondness. But forgive me if I remain highly skeptical that this will in fact be the case. There is a very good reason why William Moulton Marston's character has remained an icon for seven decades. He caught lightning in a bottle. I rather doubt DC will manage that same trick again.

For me, there will only ever be one true version of Wonder Woman.

This new version of Diana that they are about to unleash on fans was not created for me - and I realise and appreciate that fact - but equally, I cannot with good conscience continue to support a book that features a character I no longer recognise in appearance, concept or spirit. The essence of everything that made her "Wonder Woman" has gone. For me, the character left us in #600 as she was depicted turning a corner and vanishing into a blinding white light...leaving us with just fond memories of what once was...

And yes - I do get the metaphor. This was DC's way of stating she has reached a turning point.

So with that in mind, and as a reaction to DC's endless obsession with re-boots and re-invention, I have performed a 'ret-con' of my own throughout this site, removing any references to this bland and "wonderless" faux Wonder Woman, wearing a costume unbefitting of an an iconic character with 70 years history.

The infamous Dan Didio at DC made a statement in a recent convention that "Wonder Woman is not defined by what she wears." He is wrong. He sees that uniform as simply a piece of material. It is so much more than that. It's a symbol. It means something. Show an image of Diana in the classic costume to any man, woman or child on the street and they will almost without exception not only recognise instantly that it is Wonder Woman but, by association, also know what she stands for. What does Jim Lee's "Watered-down Woman" actually represent? The answer? Absolutely nothing, aside from a fatuous pandering to modern day fashion sensibilities.

Forgive me. I thought "Wonder Woman" was supposed to be a comic book and not a fashion magazine. Pants do not empower a woman. It seems counter-intuitive to de-feminise one of the most potent symbols of female empowerment, sending out completely the wrong message that somehow a woman cannot be intelligent, powerful AND at the same time be confident in her own sexuality. How is that faithful to Wonder Woman's core message that all women are men's equal...that liberation of the fairer sex, in order to be given the right to be respected for who they are, is achievable?

One sometimes hears the odd sneering comment that it is ludicrous for Diana to walk around in a, quote, "star-spangled bathing suit." I challenge anybody to make such a statement after having seen talented artists such as George Perez, Terry Dodson or Nicola Scott depict Diana in her classic costume. Grow up. For every cheesecake artist that has tried to draw titillating renditions of Diana, there are a dozen more artists that have depicted her as the glorious, regal Amazon Princess she is supposed to be. And without a stupid pair of pants.

Over the years there have been numerous Wonder Woman wannabees in comic books...Xena, Promethea, Glory etc. They could ALL have been a version of Diana, except that they did not wear the classic outfit. That's the single ace in the hole that DC always had. And now? DC have created a pastiche of their own character - and now she looks like she's just another one of these wannabees from another publisher, her unique and instantly recognisable outfit having been watered down and deconstructed to nothing but a sad and misguided attempt to pander to so called "practicality" in what is, after all, supposed to be a fictional fantasy character.

After 70 years, during which Diana has faced countless foes intent on stripping her of her identify, while at the same time destroying everything she is and everything she stands for, it's ironic that the ones who finally succeed in doing so are DC Comics themselves.

When I came up with this web site's name I'd envisaged it a place for fans and non-fans alike to find out more about this wonderful character - and that it would be a constant, ever evolving resource. In hindsight, my choice of name could not have been more appropriate, as it will now become a true "archive" of the original and true Wonder Woman as she was envisaged and conceived by her creator. This site now only documents her history from her debut up to and including #600 - when William Moulton Marston's Diana said her goodbyes - and left us feeling better for having known her, but sadder for having lost her.

For me, she is something so unique in the superhero genre. And as I quote on my home page, I think Greg Rucka summed her up so beautifully. He stated that Wonder Woman embodies the best of us in every way that matters. She embodies every one of our ideals; Wisdom. Intelligence. Compassion. Determination. Strength. Beauty. Grace. Devotion. And it is these qualities that make her so special and unique amongst comic book heroes.

I am so grateful to William Moulton Marston for creating such an enduring character - one that has uniquely transcended the sometimes "geeky" world of comics and become part of modern day as an icon in her own right. Wonder Woman has become modern day language for female empowerment and the aspiration to become something better. She has shown us men that a woman can be beautiful AND strong, sexy AND compassionate, smart AND courageous. And that Wonder Woman loves us back. She is here for us and we feel comforted and inspired by her presence. Yes, she is simply pen and ink on a page. But she lives and breathes in our imaginations and hopes and dreams. And the world would be a poorer place without her.

Sometimes she is accused of being "out of her time" - a relic from the war that has no place in modern day culture (DC clearly thinks so). But I would totally disagree. In these times of terrorism, oppression and fanaticism she is more relevant now than she ever was during the dark days of World War II. She is a beacon of hope to all - young or old - male or female - gay or straight - black or white. No other character has ever bridged those disparate groups quite so effortlessly. And that is a tribute to her creator and the greatest legacy he could have left us.

It's been one of the happiest journey's of my life - enjoying the adventures of the lovely Amazon Princess, experiencing her life through the pages of each monthly issue and wishing that this journey of excitement and wonderment would never end.

But now it has.

So thank you William.

And I bid you a fond farewell, Diana.

You will be missed.

Chris