May '06

This is from JLA Classified #19, part of the "Hypothetical Woman" arc in which the JLA has to fight in China. I never understand why the supremely powerful and invulnerable post-Crisis Wonder Woman has to dull her fighting skills by carting around axes, swords, shields, knives, what have you. But on occasion with a good artist with the right attitude (as here) it does look rather cool, doesn't it?

Jan. '07Sept. '06leftOver in Simone's Birds of Prey #96 new villain Black Alice had the powers of a magical Duplicate Boy: she could summon the magic (and altered costume) of any existing magical being. It didn't take her long to snarf up Wonder Woman's magic. (Which made me wonder: what happened to the person she was snarfing from for the time shes had the powers? Did they still have the powers? Were they weakened?) Anyway, note that (ahem!) she's managed to snarf Wondie's SKILLS as well as Alice plays Arrows and Bracelets. (Yet another aspect of why I despise Undefined Magic users—they can do anything and never require any kind of learning curve or accessories.)

On the right: When DC decided to change their new Supergirl from sinister slut to party girl teen, she attended a costume party in which one of the participants dressed up as Wondie. From Supergirl #12.

Series 3

 

Series 3 beginsno really, series 3Series 3

For some reason DC felt the need to bring on a new issue #1 without any kind of reboot, so they got rid of Rucka (who'd done more than enough damage to WW, imo) and hired Alan Heinberg, a TV writer who just couldn't make WW deadlines. The book went from monthly to bimonthly to quarterly. Heinberg's arc had to be cut off in mid-story because even non-WW fans were screaming bloody murder about the delays. Eventually the arc concluded in the first (series 3) WW annual.

For the new series artist Terry Dodson redesigned the Wondie Suit, complete with the seams that all DC heroes seem to have to have in their suits any more. I suppose it's to make them seem more realistic. Yep, a supremely endowed woman bouncing all over Creation in a strapless swimsuit with a magic lasso is realistic, all right. (Note that Donna's got a magic lasso of her own at this point. Hm.)

Amazons Attack

 

If you go by advance publicity, DC published Amazons Attack! in order to give the fanboys murdering bodacious babes by the score, oh boy. What they actually accomplished was to create the nadir of Wonder Woman history, universally acknowledged as a blot upon the face of DC Comics and responsible for a complete screw-up of the WW mythos which was even worse—if that was possible—than the Max Lord debacle.

The art in the series wasn't that bad (and you have to wonder that DC didn't make it T&A to please even more fanboys, so DC does get a half point in their favor), though I think superhero comics are not Pete Woods' forte as at the time at least he didn't handle figures in action much less at war very well. But he did come up with a slew of new Amazon/Shamazon outfits that mirrored elements of Diana's costume, and that was cool.

As will any new artist, Woods tweaked the Wondie Suit a tad. (Just for fun, check out the matching right hands of Woods Wondie and Dodson Wondie, above!)

shield on the backMichelin ManleftHere's Diana going into battle as the Simone era begins (left). Note that she wears a shield upon her back (why does the almost-invulnerable Wondie need a shield?) (why does the almost-invulnerable Wondie need to keep her hallowed and dear tradition of Bullets & Bracelets?) (oh well). It's held on with straps that, from the front, gave me a tingling illusion that the Wondie Suit finally had straps holding it up!

rightOver on the right here we have the first post-ICk view of Diana Prince, in what I called the Michelin Man uniform. I mean, those boots of hers must be guaranteed for 60,000 miles. This is a real sedate outfit, isn't it? Perfect for keeping a secret ID secret.

She'd sort of keep to wearing this when going into action and use her black suit (below) for all other business. Guys in the unit seemed to go for a black version of the Michelin Man suit. Etta Candy wore a vested version of the black "ordinary business" suit.

Circe disguised as WWCirce as Wonder Woman
















Circe showed up as WW in order to try to seduce Nemesis. up Just before that she stole Wonder Woman, Donna Troy and Cassie S's (and maybe Hercules') power and set herself up as Wonder Woman. up Doesn't she know about the Curse of the Wondie Suit?
Trinity June 08

 

In June of '08 Diana got a second title, Trinity. Well, she had to share it with Superman and Batman. The first ish had her showing up for a meeting in civvies.

This particular outfit (as well as the Michelin Man one) showcases the problem with modern efforts to tip a hat to the Sekowsky era. Back then Diana may have been delegated to wearing white (quite often with black, remember!), but she did so with STYLE.

There is no way anyone could call this stylish. Get rid of the tights, maybe. Keep the tights and get rid of the skirt, maybe.

Perhaps the biggest difference between Diana and her sister Donna is that Donna shows some style in her civilian life?


This is how Diana Prince started to look post-Michelin Man in the mother book.downJuly '08


Playboy
Why doesn't DC have any idea how they're going to market Wondie? Here's the February 2008 issue of Playboy with Playmate of the Year 2005 Tiffany Fallon PAINTED in a Wonder-esque costume. The cover notes "Tiffany Fallon as Wonder Woman," so they must have had DC's permission. Inside, the magazine proclaims Tiffany "a modern-day Lynda Carter." The pics were used in tiny form inside to illustrate the "Sex in America" article.

Within the next couple of months there was another magazine from South America who had a similiar adult version of WW on their cover. I'll look around and see if I can find the scan. Good ol' DC, keepin' the respect for Wondie.


Feb. '07

 

rightSomeone explain it to me. Along with the dark, dark, dark coloring in comics these days (better than the mud era of a few years back, but not by much), we have the "superhero costumes must have seams" rule, which I find absurd except in the rare situations when they actually add a little style to the outfit in question.

Here as Wondie visits Manhunter in issue #26 of her title (for an absurd reason), we get a particularly clear panel that hits on an aspect of the Question of Seams. Should we just get the seams as black lines... maybe even occasional lines as the seams hit shadow, if we get a talented inker... or should the seams be emphasized to the point where THEY HAVE TO BE FREAKING OUTLINED????

Sheesh.

(And does Wondie's ca. 2007 costume really have this many seams on it?

 

Superman/Batman October '08 October '07

leftIn Countdown Donna was meeting up with parallel Earth Wonderfolks. Here's one from #15 and coincidentally Earth-15. Her lasso tended to hover in mid-air at acute angles as well as loops. This Wondie immediately had words of, uh, wisdom for Donna about how to conduct her life. Perhaps this WW had been talking to the Faux-Earth-2 Wondie from ICk? On the other hand, maybe the two just talked so well and so deeply together because, you know, they're chicks and chicks do that kind of thing.

Over in Superman/Batman,up the writers decided to take a break from dark 'n depressing (what, in the modern DC Universe?) and do a story with funny little Munchkin versions of the JLA. This included Wonder Woman. The cover shot makes her look a bit like Alfred E. Neuman, doesn't it?

WW as a demon

 

 

keftTo celebrate Action #666, Kurt Busiek and Walter Simonson had a Kryptonian demon visit Superman and give him the illusion of a demonic world. Here's demon Wondie. Kinda cool, ain't it? Just like the story.

 

Nov. '07

 

 

rightHere's Countdown to Adventure #2's Earth-10, the Nazi Earth, and the Wonder Woman thereof, who appears to be a lackey (sigh) of who else? nazi Superman. Wondie kindly introduces herself as "the Wonder Woman of the Valkyrie," with Odin as her master. I'm sure all true Amazons are shaking their heads in derision.

Say, didn't Donna battle different Nazis on another Earth? I'm just going by Wikipedia's listing so am guessing that this is Earth-10. That may be wrong.

Feb. '08

keftWait—I'm mixing it up with the Earth that Donna came across in The Search for Ray Palmer (one of the Countdown variations), which was the Earth that was based on Red Son, which was Commie Superman, right? Here's the Wonder Woman—a pawn of that Superman as well—of that Earth.

Why can't Superman and/or Batman ever be lackeys for Wondie in some imaginary tale? (I mean, outside a Simone story as Supes was shown in recently, heh heh).

 

Feb. '08

 

 

rightLater that issue Donna came across a reversed-gender world so of course we had the uber-violent silly male Wonder Woman leading his Manazons. Many male Wondie Board posters went crazy.

 


Jan. '08

 

April '08keftDiana paid a visit to the new Atom in issue #17 of his unfortunately short Simone run. Of note here are the costume variants, notably the belt, but I just have to point out Di's gigantic, uh, shoulder pads! Really, Di, shoulder pads are so passé!

(Am I the only one who'd love to see a team-up of Atom's friend Panda with Etta Candy? Of Head with Nemesis?) Ryan/Atom of course was dating Giganta at the time, which made for so much more fun. Now, which issue was it that Wondie tucked Ryan into her costume—and where was that hidey place again?

rightAt right is a Brave and Bold which told a "flash back" tale with this lovely bit of Wondie earring trivia. Ain't it great?


Ends of the EarthThe "Ends of the Earth" arc was among other things, a Wondie costume lover's dream. Amazing artist Aaron Lopresti gave us new looks for Diana as she found herself diving into the worlds of DC's 1970's-era barbarian heroes Claw the Unconquered (a double for Conan), Beowulf (the DC version), and the soulless Stalker. When her own soul was taken from her, she had a dream of becoming an immortal queen of an entire dimension with friends and foes cowering at her fearsome feet.

(Speaking of feet, note the new "W"-top boots, an alternative to the ^ top.)

Note the red scarf on her right arm up there. That's a token of her new sworn allegiance to the god Kane Milohai, so it now can be considered an official (but probably temporary) part of the suit. Message boarders point out that sometimes it's forgotten in depictions. Uh oh! Kane won't like that!

How cool is all that? Good times for Wondie fans. Very good times.

 


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