A New Era begins for Wonder Woman! Or does it? When DC announced that they were cancelling the “Wonder Woman” series, fans feared the worst and assumed that Diana was going to die at the end of the “Infinite Crisis” crossover event. However, as Infinite Crisis played out it became clear that the “Wonder Woman” book, at any rate, was going to continue with a new series launched soon after the crossover ended, helmed by respected writer Allan Heinberg and hot artists of the moment Terry and Rachel Dodson.

Speculation was rife as to whether this meant Wonder Woman was about to receive yet another “re-boot” as she had experienced at the end of DC’s previous landmark crossover event, “Crisis on Infinite Earths”. The fan forums were full of endless speculation – that Diana was still going to die at the end of Infinite Crisis; that she was going to return to her pre-crisis version including alter-ego “Diana Prince”; or that someone else was going to become the new “Wonder Woman” and that Diana was going to retire gracefully.

As it turned out – it was revealed that pretty much all of these scenarios had at least some element of truth when issue 1 of the new series finally hit the shelves.
The set up is a nostalgic nod to the “mod” pre-crisis comic book and 70’s TV versions of the Amazing Amazon. During the late 60’s/early 70’s, Wonder Woman had relinquished her powers and had become a normal human being calling herself Diana Prince, in the vein of Emma Peel from the popular 60’s British TV show “The Avengers”. And of course, everyone remembers the CBS TV series of 1975/1976, in which the stunning Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman, operating under her secret identity of Diana Prince while working as an agent of the U.S. Government’s Inter Agency Defence Command.

As we can see, apart from a few “adjustments” to history, such as Wonder Woman being the founding member of the Justice Society and that Donna is in fact Diana’s true sister, this new Wonder Woman series was not a re-boot and appeared to be within the regular continuity of post crisis.
However, would Diana eventually re-claim her mantle as the true Wonder Woman or was this really Donna’s moment to take over from her sister? Certainly some of the National Press thought so as articles were run such as “Wonder Woman Retires at the age of 65”! Only time would tell…
Volume 3 sees the introduction of variant covers on the book, something which became an increasing trend in the comic book industry as a way to entice die hard collectors to buy both issues and thus increase publishers’ revenues.