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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 covers 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 covers 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.