Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 101


Wonder Woman – Volume 2 – 101

General Info

Issue No:
101 (430)
On Sale Date:
July 1995
Cover Date:
September 1995
Era:
Dark Age
Story Title:
Second Genesis - Part One

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
John Byrne
Writer:
John Byrne
Penciller:
John Byrne
Inker:
John Byrne
Letterer:
John Byrne
Colourist:
Patricia Mulvihill
Editor:
Paul Kupperberg

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Mike Schorr
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Darkseid, Desaad, Parademons
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
N/A
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This issue sees the start of John Byrne’s controversial run on the book, becoming  a one-man creative team. In interviews given at the time he said his aim was to restore Diana as a “powerhouse” of the DC Universe, which is no doubt why he pits the Amazon Princess against major villain Darkseid in his very first issue. However many fans felt he mishandled both the title and her character, believing Diana was being relegated to a guest star in her own book, while a never ending series of Jack Kirby characters made regular appearances. Some even felt that Byrne had little respect for Diana as a female character and some even accused him of being misogynistic towards her. Indeed, during his run Byrne was responsible for torturing, maiming and killing Diana, replacing her, all be it temporarily, with her mother Hippolyta.

As part of the “bold new era” alluded to on the cover, Byrne made some minor costume revisions as most new writers tend to do when embarking on their stint writing a new character. He reduced the number of stars in Diana’s briefs to just two large ones (perhaps down-playing the star spangled “American” connotations, as would also be done as part of both the DC Rebirth “soft re-boot” which in turn mirrored the changes made to the movie version of the costume. In addition he significantly enlarged the size of her bracelets (to make them vambraces), her belt and tiara.
He also effectively discarded Diana’s regular cast of supporting characters, moving her to a new city and introducing his own set of supporting characters.

Also of note is the fact that the book is printed on glossy paper for the first time in its history, although this “quality” feel would only last for a few months before the title reverted to traditional paper stock.

Synopsis

In the aftermath of the recent traumatic events, Diana decides to make a new life for herself in Gateway City.

One night, while flying around the city, she comes upon a bank heist in progress. She is caught off guard by their technologically advanced weaponry, but recovers and apprehends the would-be bank robbers.

A few days later Mike Schorr, a police officer investigating these high tech weapons, walks into a dive bar, looking for information. The patrons consist of criminals enjoying a brief reprieve from the prison cells that await their inevitable return. They are uncooperative and become violent. Officer Schorr finds himself outnumbered and taking a beating before Wonder Woman arrvies on the scene and rescues him.

They team up and on further investigation of the premises locate a hidden door. Opening it reveals an underground passage. While wandering through the tunnels, Diana is troubled by the fact that the advanced technology feels strangely familiar, but she cannot recall where she had encountered it before.

Suddenly they are attacked by a giant, mechanical spider and surrounded by Parademons. Despite a valiant effort by Wonder Woman and Officer Schorr, the pair suffer defeat and are taken prisoner. Too late Wonder Woman remembers the technology’s origin as they are handed over to Darkseid, the evil and powerful ruler of Apokolips.