Wonder Woman – Volume 3 – 600


Wonder Woman – Volume 3 – 600

General Info

Issue No:
600
On Sale Date:
June 2010
Cover Date:
August 2010
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
Valedictorian
Fuzzy Logic
Firepower
The Sensational Wonder Woman
Couture Shock

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
George Perez / Adam Hughes (Variant) / Jim Lee (Second Variant)
Writer:
Gail Simone (First Story), Amanda Conner (Second Story), Louise Simonson (Third Story), Geoff Johns (Fourth Story), J. Michael Straczynski (Fifth Story)
Penciller:
George Perez (First Story), Amanda Conner (Second Story), Eduardo Pansica (Third Story), Scott Kolins (Fourth Story), Don Kramer (Fifth Story)
Inker:
Scott Koblish (First Story), Amanda Conner (Second Story), Bob Wiacek (Third Story) Scott Kolins (Fourth Story) Michael Babinski (Fifth Story)
Letterer:
Travis Lanham (First, Third and Fifth Story), John J. Hill (second Story), Nick J. Napolitano (Fourth Story)
Colourist:
Hi-Fi (First Story), Paul Mounts (Second Story), Pete Pantazis (Third Story), Michael Atiyeh (Fourth Story), Alex Sinclair (Fifth Story)
Editor:
Sean Ryan (Associate), Brian Cunningham

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Vanessa Kapatelis
Heroes:
Power Girl (Kara Zor-L/Karen Starr), Superman (Kal-El/Clark Kent), plus others
Villains:
Egg Fu, Nikos Aegeus
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
N/A
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For this landmark anniversary issue, Gail Simone provides her swan song together with several back up features by guest writers and artists – in a celebration of all things Wonder Woman. And as it turned out this issue appeared to also be Wonder Woman’s swan song – at least as far as the iconic classic interpretation of Diana was concerned.

As already announced, the book also received a renumbering and returned once more to its original volume one numbering order, making what would have been issue 45 of volume three become issue 600.

And with this landmark issue new writer J. Michael Straczynski commenced his new story run with a prologue…and with it shocked fans and non fans alike by introducing his version of Diana in a brand new costume designed by Jim Lee. In this first twelve month story arc set in an alternate reality, Paradise Island has been destroyed and most of the Amazons, including Hippolyta, have been killed when Diana was only a small child. As a result she has grown up in Man’s World a very different woman to the one we know and love.

DC had done a very good job of keeping this costume change a secret to achieve maximum shock value, even releasing covers of future issues in Previews that still showed her in her iconic, classic costume. So, when #600 hit the newsstands and DC, in a clearly marketing motivated but none-the-less effective ploy, released this revelation about the new costume and direction to the news media at large, what followed was an unprecedented media storm.

Once again, Diana’s status as a worldwide recognised icon was further affirmed as furious public debate erupted across the spectrum on the merits of this new look and the new direction. Understandably, opinions were forceful and polarised. Some loved the new look, which they considered a long overdue modernisation of what they described as the “American flag bathing suit”, even though Gail Simone had provided an entirely different origin for the costume in issue 43, in which she explained that the costume was in fact a representation of the blood red moon and star consolation in the night sky under which Diana was created by Hippolyta. More traditional fans on the other hand decried how such an instantly recognisable and iconic costume had been watered down to a generic, bland, department store get up mixing elements of Black Canary and Superboy’s outfits – and which bore no resemblance to the Wonder Woman they knew and loved – appearing in some eyes to be more like “a Nintendo fighting game character from the 90s”!!!!

And what is more, conspiracy theories also ran amok that this was actually all just a cynical move by Warner Brothers to introduce a new, more “Hollywood” friendly costume (i.e. dumbed down) in anticipation of a new movie, stoking fears in some quarters of another “Cathy Lee Crosby” debacle in the making.

Whatever the truth, it cannot be denied that the amount of publicity this costume change caused (surprisingly, even more so than the new origin story itself) meant that the mainstream man and woman in the street, who had probably never read the comic book in their life – but remembered and more importantly still instantly recognised this classic character with affection – were talking about Wonder Woman again with affection.

And as to whether the costume would remain at the end of the year long story arc (which was extended mid way by another two issues in order to become a fourteen issue arc and thus link more seamlessly with the Flashpoint crossover event) – after much debate and speculation the title was, in fact, once again relaunched(!) together with a every single other DC character in a massive and historic company wide re-boot of the entire DC Universe as a result of the Flashpoint.

This new version of Wonder Woman wore a slightly modified version of the controversial Jim Lee costume – dashing hopes amongst many long term fans that the original, classic version of this iconic character would in fact return. That version of Diana, it seemed, no longer seemed to play a part in DC’s plans and although glimpses of the real Amazon Princess would be seen occasionally during Odyssey, the classic incarnation of Wonder Woman seemed to have effectively – and very sadly – ended with this issue.

Synopsis

  • “Wonder Woman Can Save the World” – A Foreword by Lynda Carter
  • “Valedictorian” – a short story in which Diana attends Vanessa’s Graduation Day.
  • “Fuzzy Logic” – another short story in which Diana gives Powergirl some advice on pet rearing.
  • “Firepower” – a short story featuring Superman as they tackle the terrorist Nikos Aegeus.
  • “The Sensational Wonder Woman” – a lead in featurette to Straczynski’s prologue, in which we see Wonder Woman chasing a young version of herself and disappearing into a mysterious blinding light.
  • “Couture Shock” – Straczynski introduces his twelve part story arc called “Odyssey” and unveils a very different looking Amazon Princess who is no longer the Diana we are familiar with – as she fights both for her life and for answers in an alternate reality.In the prologue Diana consults the Oracle who tells her that it is time for the Amazon to learn about her past – and that what they see around them is not always the world that is, or has been. We discover through the Oracle that Hippolyta and the majority of the Amazons were killed when Diana was very young and she had been brought to Man’s World eighteen years previously and brought up here.The riches of the Amazons were stolen by the male aggressors responsible for the slaughter of their race and used for dark purposes. These men work for a being whose orders they are following without question and unaware of what it means to the future of the world. And this being is counting on that for his work to be successful…to guarantee that what is will remain what is. Through a mystical portal the Oracle then shows Diana the ruins of her former home…Themyscira!
  • “Behind The Scenes: The New Costume” – Straczynski and the costume’s creator, Jim Lee, explain their reasoning for the dramatic changes made to Wonder Woman.
  • Plus numerous artwork by respected artists depicting the Amazing Amazon in all her (former) glory.