This four issue mini series was published under DC’s Black Label brand, which was originally launched as a more mature, adult themed imprint. It allowed creators to push the boundaries with their takes on some of DC’s iconic characters.
‘Wonder Woman: Dead Earth’ was the first story published under the Black Label imprint to feature Wonder Woman and depicts Diana in a post Apocalyptic world following a nuclear war.
In a flashback we see Batman and the Superman Robot treating Diana at the Fortress of Solitude, following the holocaust caused by the Amazon Princess. Bruce uses the technology there to capture her immense power and seal it in a box, saying that Superman should retain it until a human is worthy enough to open it. He then takes her to the Batcave and places her in a cryo chamber to heal.
As he looks down at her, he tells her that he should kill her for what she has done to the Earth, but he knows she is also the only one left who can save the world.
Back in the present day the humans prepare for the Amazons attack while at the Fortress of Solitude, Diana, Eddog, Cheetah and the Superman Robot set off to help the humans. Unknown to Diana, Eddog carries the case that Batman had left in safe keeping.
At the human’s camp the hordes of Amazon mutants attack and a fierce battle rages. Wonder Woman and the others arrive and although the odds seem to have turned, Nubia kills Theyden and also takes down Diana. As she carries the Princess back to her mother Eddog charges at her and manages to stab Diana with the device containing her powers.
Wonder Woman then tries to reason with her mother, pleading for her to tell her Amazon sisters to cease the attack but her mother refuses and Diana has no other choice but to use her incredible speed and strength to kill the Amazons, including Nubia. With only her mother left standing, Diana approaches and Hippolyta asks defiantly if she is now the next to full to he might. But Diana says she would never harm her mother, who turns tale and disappears back into the ocean, knowing that she has become a monster.
Diana and the humans bury their dead, including the fallen Amazons, and she then leads them to the safety of Themyscira where they can settle in peace. She visits the healing Eddog and says that she intends to find her mother and heal her. She then holds out her hand and asks the young girl if she will join Diana and help her revise this Dead Earth.