Okay, readers! We have some excellent news this week. I was espousing in a recent column how DC Comics should be doing major Wonder Woman projects with top-tier talent, as Wonder Woman fever is in full swing thanks to the success of the amazing film and Gal Gadot’s spectacular performance in the titular role. I believe I also mentioned how cool a book about the history of the Amazons would be. Well, what do you know? It appears the comic gods have heard and answered!
DC has announced a new imprint within their publishing house called “DC: Black Label.” “Black Label,” of course, inferring a certain caliber of quality. The best of the best. The cream of the crop. Like an aged scotch or a fancy cheese. The idea is putting top talent with top properties for some super top stories. With Batman and Superman attached to the imprint, naturally, the one I’m most excited about is Wonder Woman
Hello, readers! Wow! This is good time to be a comic book geek at this years Oscars: the shout-out to John Romita Jr. and Len Wein, recognition for Black Panther, Gal Gadot presenting with Armie Hammer, Jimmy Kimmel giving Wonder Woman props. As disappointing as it was that Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated (despite my bias . . . I thought it was a really good, well-done film.), I think the Wonder Love was there. The sequel seems so agonizingly far away.
One of the best parts of the success of Wonder Woman’s comic for DC Comics' popular “Rebirth” event was watching artist Liam Sharp’s own rebirth as a mainstream superhero comic artist. I first encountered Liam’s art during a brief, but memorable, run on the Hulk alongside writer Peter David and inker Robin Riggs back in the day. I really liked Liam’s art and was sad to see his run so short lived. I would love to see him return to the character. After that, I kind of lost track of Liam’s career, as he went on to start his own comic publishing platform, Madefire.
After such a solid relaunch, Wonder Woman’s monthly title has suffered since the departure of her initial creative team. I know that Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Nicola Scott set the bar very high, but not too high to match and keep the momentum going. A bevy of rotating artists and disappointing storylines have left fans a little cold, and this shouldn’t be the case.
So, where is it? Where is Wonder Woman’s animated series? We’ve had several Batman and Superman cartoons. Batman: The Animated Series was such a game changer as far as superhero cartoons are concerned. I think it’s safe to say that the series did for cartoons what Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns did for comics. Clearly, that paved the way for Superman Adventures and several iterations of Justice League cartoons. But, where is the Wonder Woman solo animated series?
I have a tendency to obsess over Wonder Woman’s costume, because I love the Lynda Carter version and, of course, the George Perez revamp. I think nostalgia plays a lot into it. But then, I saw the movie version, and, of course, I loved it and it looked awesome and more practical. I think it’s interesting that the original costume was created by a male feminist of the time, as it still fell prey to many of the trappings of what a man thinks a woman should be. It gets tricky, though, because some women love their, bras, and heels and make up. Is that wrong? I think a woman should do whatever the hell she wants to do.
With the Oscar nominations having been announced this week, it was a major upset to see the groundbreaking, box office-shaking, no-name-taking silver screen debut of history’s greatest super heroine, Wonder Woman, snubbed by the Academy. Yes, the Oscars have usually shied away from comic book material based upon superheroes. Indie comic adaptations seem to stand a better chance. The exception, of course, being Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. I think there was no way that wasn’t going to happen. It was a major performance for any character, culled from any source material.
After watching David Letterman interview President Obama for his new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, I’m left with hope. For what? Why? I’m not sure, but I thought I’d ride the positive wave and apply it to this week’s Wonder Woman Wednesday column.
Hope. That is one of my favorite things about Wonder Woman. She is a symbol of hope for a good today and a better tomorrow. Wonder Woman doesn’t give up; she always fights the good fight, no matter how hopeless and dire the situation may be - without question, without hesitation.