Wonder Woman (1942-) #3

Wonder Woman (1942-) #3

Reading these Golden Age Wonder Woman stories is a really odd experience. On one hand, Wonder Woman (so far) has the more developed background that plays a stronger role than her male counterparts. Her supporting cast is also more developed and we actually see one of her original villains develop across multiple issues into an ally.

They also use the four chapters in the quarterly issues to tell one large story arc, rather than four standalone short stories. This creates a more interconnected plot.

Despite these advanced storytelling techniques for the time, the tone of the stories almost feels like the different writers. You have the standard feminist, Wonder Woman is treated as an equal or superior partner. Then you veer into outright hostile anti-male commentary. And then you’re reading something that seems like some sort of male bondage fetish fantasy. Often within the same short story.