As announced yesterday by DC Comics, Wonder Woman is getting a new look and — at least for a while — a new origin:
The New York Times has an article about the history of the character and her costume and why the changes were made. They’re the brainchild of J. Michael Straczynski, best known for Babylon 5. Straczynski recently signed an exclusive contract with DC after years of writing Spider-Man and Thor for Marvel, and he’ll be writing Superman as well as Wonder Woman. He gave an in-depth interview about the changes to the Amazon with ComicBookResources.com.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with the new costume, though it doesn’t “wow” me. I’ve enjoyed most of Straczynski’s work in television and comics. And from the interview, it’s unclear how long the revamped origin will last, given there’s an alternate history involved.
But as I wrote last year, I was really enjoying Gail Simone’s run on the book. I was looking forward to more of her stories.
So I’m ambivalent.
Thoughts? Does Wonder Woman need a new design and new origin for this century to appeal to a wider audience?
Or does the iconic version still work?
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