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April 18, 2016

Weekly Wonder Woman: The Legend of Wonder Woman #23

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Ironically, it's quiet on the Western Front in the world of comics for Wonder Woman, except in The Legend of Wonder Woman where all guns are blazing there. But that's the only comic out last week that featured our heroine - brace for the usual end-of-month deluge this week, though.

Of course, there has been a graphic novel - Wonder Woman: Earth One - Volume One, written by Grant Morrison with art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn. That's been a long time in the making (indeed, rumour has it, the fact that Grant Morrison got the gig is one of the reasons Greg Rucka left DC quite some while back), but it's been so lacking in advertising, I only noticed five minutes ago it had finally been released. Expect a review in a couple of weeks' time, when I might have had a chance to read the rather large tome.

Wonder Woman: Earth One

Also out in the US is Justice League vs Teen Titans, the latest movie from the DC animated universe that features, largely as guest stars most of the time, the Justice League. However, that's not due out until May 21st in the UK, so I won't review it until then. 

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April 12, 2016

Weekly Wonder Woman: Justice League - Darkseid War Special #1; The Legend of Wonder Woman #22

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It was a bit of a quiet week last week for Diana, so only two issues for us to look at, one of which involves a song and dance number, one of which she's barely in at all, yet which is nevertheless surprisingly important for both her and the Amazons (cough, cough, retcon, cough, cough): Justice League - Darkseid War Special #1 and The Legend of Wonder Woman #22. Guess which one is which, before we talk about them after the jump.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, DC has been giving us further details about its 'Rebirth' plans, including a little more about what Greg Rucka is going to do be doing in Wonder Woman

“Having realised a lot of what is taken as truth about herself is contradictory and the contradictions have become so acute, she no longer knows who she is,” Rucka explains. “The first arc is called ‘True Lies', and she’s attempting to find the truth."

Depending on the answers she finds. Diana may be rocked to her very foundation. Rucka teased a number of questions that Wonder Woman will be struggling with along the way:

“Is she the goddess of war? Was she made from clay? Is she a demi-goddess? Is Themyscira really what its been presented to be? Look back at how many times Diana’s mother Hippolyta has died; where’s the truth in that? What’s accurate, what isn’t?

“We looked at the golden Lasso of Truth but it’s not the lasso that does it, it’s Diana who brings the truth.”

While his Year One storyline will provide foundations…

“There’s a moment in Diana’s origin story that we forget, and ‘Year One’ is about reminding people of the importance of that,” Rucka notes. “The core moment, maybe one of the most important moments for her, is when she leaves home; the time she answered the call. We overlook that a lot.”

Naturally with any Year One tale, expect to see some classic tropes re-examined, as well as old friends - not to mention deadly enemies - reintroduced and re-examined: “Steve Trevor’s got to be there, Etta Candy has to be there,” Rucka says. “You think you know Barbara Minerva, the Cheetah? You think you know what’s been going on with Ares? You were wrong - you’re just flat-out wrong.”

Yes, cough, cough, retcon, cough, cough.

Talking of origin stories, also back in the real world, on a somewhat warmer set than either Trafalgar Square or King's Cross Station, Diana (aka Gal Gadot) is busy finding a certain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) washed up on the shores of Themyscira, all under the watchful eye of… Pink. It looks like Pink anyway. It might be Robin Wright.

It might be Pink

Chris Pine as Steve Trevor

Chris Pine surrounded by Amazons

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April 3, 2016

Weekly Wonder Woman: Batman v Superman, Teen Titans #18, Justice League of America #8 and more

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Yes, it's Sunday, but here's Weekly Wonder Woman anyway. After all, Bank Holiday Monday stopped the last WWW and I'm going to be away on Monday, so I'm thinking I need to do something. So much for resting on the seventh day.

It's been a busy old fortnight for Diana, as you also might have noticed. For the first time in 75 years, she's appeared in a movie - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - as well as a number of comics, including DC Comics: Bombshells #36-37, Justice League of America #8, Teen Titans #18, The Legend of Wonder Woman #20-21, Wonder Woman '77 #20 and Wonder Woman #50. All those will be reviewed to varying degrees after the jump.

However, the big comics news has come from the recent DC Comics 'Rebirth' press conference, 'Rebirth' being the new reboot/tinkering with the current DCYou/nu52 universe that's going to come into effect once everything's got to issue #52 (June). As well as the nu52 Superman being replaced in some way by the pre-Flashpoint Superman who's currently married to Lois Lane and has a super kid, Wonder Woman is going bi-weekly.

Originally, Marguerite Bennett was going to be writing this title, but rumour has it that:

I am told that after a few issues were written and approved, that the editor of Wonder Woman was suddenly changed and Marguerite Bennett was gone as well. And that she would be replaced on the book by a higher profile writer.

Indeed, the big surprise is that said higher profile writer is none other than Greg Rucka, who once foreswore off working with DC Comics ever again after some behind the scenes ructions. Rucka, of course, is responsible for one of Wondy's most notable runs - the final few issues of Volume 2, during which he revamped the gods, brought in a whole roster of much-loved characters and did all kinds of top things… that were then completely erased in the transition to Volume 3. He also wrote one of the most iconic single stories in Wonder Woman's history, The Hiketeia.

However, given Dan DiDio's current plan to increase DC Comics' revenues is basically to print twice as many comics, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Rucka is actually going to be doing two stories with the now bi-weekly Wonder Woman: the odd numbered issues will be a contemporary story called Wonder Woman: The Lies, drawn by Liam Sharp, in which Wonder Woman "discovers that some of the facts she’s taken as truth are… brittle under closer examination. She sets off to separate the lies from the truth." In part, that's going to stem from her Lasso of Truth no longer working for her (apparently).

Wonder Woman: The Lies

Meanwhile, even-numbered issues are going to be set 'ten years ago' (whatever that means in the DCYou), presumably when Wonder Woman was still back on Paradise Island. That'll be illustrated by Nicola Scott.

Nicola Scott's Wonder Woman

At some point, the two storylines will intersect.

What it all means, we'll have to see for sure, but as with Khaniger's #105, in which the 'true' origin of Wonder Woman was revealed, I imagine that a fair old bit of retconning will go on. Whether it'll all be about making the Amazons lovely and wise again, rather than man-raping, xenophobic murderers, I can't say, but it seems likely. I think, given where the movie universe is going, it is unlikely that Wondy's being daughter of Zeus will be dropped in favour of her being made of clay again, but you never know.

If you want to find out more, Rucka has given an interview to Word Balloon where he discusses everything (within the limits of his NDA).

Lastly, before we jump, we've also had our first glimpse of the Amazons in Wonder Woman, with Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), and her two aunts General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Antiope’s lieutenant, Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli). 

Wonder Woman and the Amazons

“Themyscira is influenced by the Greek but it’s clearly more then that,” producer Charles Roven tells the outlet. “It’s a place that has the ‘you’ve never been to’ kind of feel. But once you’re there you’re not so sure you really want to leave so fast.” ​

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