Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 195


Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 195

General Info

Issue No:
195 (524)
On Sale Date:
August 2003
Cover Date:
October 2003
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
The Mission

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Adam Hughes
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Penciller:
Drew Johnson
Inker:
Ray Snyder
Letterer:
Todd Klein
Colourist:
Patricia Mulvihill
Editor:
Ivan Cohen

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Jonah McCarthy, Alana Dominguez, Rachel Keast, Peter Garibaldi, Ferdinand
Heroes:
Superman (Kal El/Clark Kent)
Villains:
N/A
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
N/A
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New writer Greg Rucka started his stint on the title with a clear direction on how he wanted to portray Diana. He wanted to refocus on her original mission to teach the peaceful ways of the Amazons to Patriarch’s World, as well as give her a large strong supporting cast of characters with which to interact. Rucka positions Wonder Woman more as a diplomat and Ambassador of her people, whose high profile nature and opinions make her a target for those who disagree with her. A clue as to the direction he was going to take the heroine could be seen in his earlier one shot graphic novel entitled “Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia”.
Some fans felt that this “West Wing” meets “Superheroine” approach was lacking in action orientated set pieces, but Rucka had a clear plan to define Diana differently to previous creative teams. He had a much longer term end goal in mind in the shape of the “Infinite Crisis” crossover event in 2005/2006. Diana was to be built up as a respected, figurehead of the Amazon Nation and its peaceful ways, in order for that trust the people have in her to be subsequently stripped away. This would happen as a repercussion of her shocking cold blooded execution of Max Lord, which unknown to her, would be beamed across the world’s TVs by the satellite “Big Brother”.
In an unusual turn of events, Rucka would return again as regular writer on the book over a decade or so later for DC’s Rebirth “soft re-boot”.

Synopsis

This issue hardly shows Diana at all but instead follows the induction of a new member of staff to the Themysciran Embassy by the name of Jonah McCarthy. We get to hear other people talk about Wonder Woman and their opinions of who she is and what she stands for. Preparations are also underway for Wonder Woman to release her first book called “Reflections” which contains poems and essays reinforcing her “world view”.
Meanwhile Diana herself is bringing to justice a corrupt tyrannical African General on behalf of the U.N. and again, this is depicted through the fear of his soldiers and pilots trying to stop her as she closes in on her target.