Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 177


Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 177

General Info

Issue No:
177 (506)
On Sale Date:
January 2002
Cover Date:
February 2002
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
Paradise Found

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Adam Hughes
Writer:
Phil Jimenez
Penciller:
Phil Jimenez
Inker:
Andy Lanning
Letterer:
Comicraft
Colourist:
Patricia Mulvihill
Editor:
Eddie Berganza

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Cassie Sandsmark (Wonder Girl), Julia Kapatelis, Steve Trevor, Trevor Barnes
Heroes:
Troia (Donna Troy), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), Doctor Light (Kimiyo Hoshi)
Villains:
N/A
Olympians:
Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Hestia, Aphrodite, Hades
Amazons:
Hippolyta, Artemis, Philippus, Pythia, Antiope
Other:
Henri Claude Tibet, Kaleeza Fashed, Isis, , Mammitu, Neith, Lois Lane, Diana Trevor
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Comments

In a more upbeat issue following the death and destruction over recent issues, the final panel of this issue polarized fans, as Jimenez depicts Diana transforming into her Wonder Woman costume by performing the famous “Wonder Spin” – just like Lynda Carter used to do in the 1970’s TV show! Jimenez has always acknowledged his affection for the TV incarnation of Wonder Woman and this would not be his last homage to the show and Lynda herself. While many fans loved the reference, others felt it undermined the character by dragging her back to the “camp” days of the 70’s. Me? I loved it!!!
Ironically, little did fans realise that a few years later DC would decide to make more fundamental shifts back to the pre-crisis/TV show era by re-introducing the “Diana Prince” secret identity and have the Amazon Princess work as an agent for the Government!

Synopsis

Paradise Island is rebuilt – a new floating island open to Patriarch’s World as a place to learn and study. General Philippus becomes the Chancellor of this new Amazon Democracy where both tribes of Amazons now live together in harmony. They appoint Diana as their Ambassador to the outside world and present her with the royal Tiara, which she wears once more – not as the symbol of a Princess but of a Champion of Peace.
In a touching scene, Diana is finally reunited with her mother before Hippolyta is taken by Hades to the Afterlife. Mother and Daughter at last can say the things they need to say and Diana is given the closure she so desperately wants.