The ever changing and adapting costume routine, that seemed part and parcel of DC’s guerrilla tactics nowadays to keep fans guessing, continued in this issue as Diana gains a star spangled cape to wear! In this issue we also get another hint as to what on earth is going on in this seemingly never ending story arc. Yes. It was announced that the original twelve issue Odyssey story would be extended by a further two issues to finish in #614 instead of #612, which according to DC allegedly tied in better with their upcoming “Flashpoint” series in which yet another alternate version of Diana would be featured sporting yet another look!

Eduardo Pansica takes over from Don Kramer for this issue and produces some nice interior art, while Kramer’s cover is a metaphorically clever one – giving us hints of both old and new Diana as she tries to unpick the puzzle before her.

Meanwhile fans continued to await news as to whether NBC was going to pick up the new David E. Kelley TV series, as more information was leaked with regards to the now completed pilot that implied Diana would be wearing a third(!) version of her costume, which this time was supposedly more in keeping with the classic look sported by Lynda Carter and would include the famous star spangled briefs. This indeed turned out to be case and in the final climatic fight scene in a warehouse Adrianne took on two dozen super-strength thugs, while wearing a a version of the costume more instantly recognisable as Wonder Woman. It was just a shame that it looked like a cheap off-the-peg Halloween costume costing $15!!!!

However, in the end it didn’t matter as NBC announced that they would not be picking up the show for their Fall schedule. Test screenings had apparently met with mixed reviews and as further facts leaked out regarding the pilot show – in which Diana apparently killed a guard and broke the arm of a thug while using her lasso not to extract the truth from her foes but more often as a whip – many fans were almost glad that this version of Wonder Woman would not see the light of day after all.

Some believed that Kelley’s script had simply strayed too far away from the source material in both look, execution and characterisation, until almost nothing was left of this iconic character that the viewing public at large could either recognise or empathise with. A few months after the announcement copies of the pilot leaked out onto the internet and while it had the odd moment of potential, in the end it was every bit as bad as had been rumoured and fans breathed a collective sigh of relief that this version of Diana had not made it into the public’s consciousness.