There’s a crazy amount of digital ink being spilled about the new Wonder Woman costume, from the official announcement on the New York Times’ site, to it being ribbed on sites like Topless Robot, to a surprisingly positive vote of confidence from fashionistas Tom & Lorenzo. Does anything else need to be said? Probably not, but that’s never stopped me before.
The outrage over the story (the gods went back and changed Wonder Woman’s origin) and the new costume (designed by Jim lee), seems a little crazy to me, especially from the comics fans out there. You guys know it’s comics right? Nothing stays changed for more than a few years. Have you never read the kind of story where a character’s origin is changed and she doesn’t know it, only to eventually realize it, fight the bad guys and give up her new old life for her old old life to show how she deals with sacrifice? It’s pretty standard for comics/sci-fi/fantasy.The costume’s whatever. I’m sure we’ll have the classic look in no time, especially if the flack the book has gotten online so far translates into poor sales.
As a fan of Gail Simone’s take on the book, I wasn’t too excited to hear that J. Michael Straczynski was taking over the book. He hasn’t exactly lit up the world at DC with his Brave And The Bold stories, which is a shame, because there were some really good ideas (Legion and Doom Patrol!). That being said, I’ve always been a fan of characters getting shaken up. I started reading comics with the death of Superman. Then Batman got broken, Green Lantern went insane, Wonder Woman got demoted. All those things got me reading those books. And, much as I hate to admit it, Heroes Reborn got me reading Marvel comics. So, hey, take it easy gang. If you don’t like the story, don’t buy the comic. If you’re curious like me, give it a shot and judge the book after it comes out, not before.