Lunchtime was Wonder Woman time today. Really liked the issue when Etta was Wonder Etta. It’s so tough to get a good Etta story, but I really liked this. She stood up for herself but physically and emotionally. The villains were very good, and enjoyed the completion of the issue. The downside was Steve’s “little buddy” and his child sidekicks was really not good. That aged the books more the presentation of women did in the books. I’ll have a few more thoughts later, but I’m really interested in what’s bugging Etta?
This panel right here exemplifies what I love about Wonder Woman stories. Even when they’re horribly dated by old sexist ideas, the story of Wonder Woman, Paradise Island, and the Amazons is one we rarely get in any media. Shes indomitable in mind and spirit, full of compassion but ready to dismantle hatred. Occasionally I prefer a less “perfect” rage against the system, but OG Wonder Woman is the fantasy of every little girl (or every little person, honestly, who has dealt with prejudice and discrimination) to be stronger and better than their oppressors.
She is a desire to not only escape the bonds that hold us but to help others escape too. To destroy the chains in the first place so they can never again hobble human beings unjustly.
How did you feel about Steve Trevor’s story in the first issue?
I really don’t have much experience with this era of Wonder Woman, so all this stuff with parallel worlds and resurrecting as gods was a bit to take in. It’s interesting, though for new readers I don’t know how well this works.
I will say, if WW 1984 is set on bringing Trevor back, doing it via Aphrodite or Eros in a similar vein could work.
I have no idea what the context was, but it smelled of clumsy retcons to undo other clumsy retcons. Very confusing.
Honestly, I wasn’t terribly impressed with any of them. You had the four costume-types just kind of dancing on the Monitor’s strings, the generic alien invaders, and we didn’t see enough of Montez to get a clear idea of what his deal is. I guess Eros’ power trip was reasonably threatening, but it was basically a super-slugfest.
This was probably the most interesting part of the first four issues. I’ve never really seen the two so clearly at odds, and it made for some interesting drama.
It’s a small thing, but I liked the game the two reporters played with the quarter in the fifth issue. It was a cool visual.
So, worth pointing out that the first four issues were written by a different writer from the last, and the difference was like night and day. In Dan Mishkin’s issues, everything felt kind of confusing and I didn’t really feel like I had any particular reason to care about most of the characters. The last issue was written by Mindy Newell (who, as a sidenote, scripted a stretch of George Perez’s run that we haven’t gotten to yet; some good stuff in there), and she managed to work in more characterization in her one issue than Mishkin did in his four without sacrificing pacing.
As another sidenote, these issues had the sloppiest coloring I’ve ever seen in a professional comic. I have no idea what happened with that.
Eros was wild! He definitely had passion, but misplaced up the wazoo.
I know you’ve read New 52 Wondy, didn’t Eros growing remind you of Strife? I know Giganta does it, but here it reminded me of Strife when she was on Themyscira.
Totally get Diana’s feelings. Hippolyta didn’t even seem to realize why what she did was wrong.
People discovering the multiverse exists is great, but I have never seen a story where someone from another Earth doesn’t realize they’ve been living in a different universe. That’s wild and borderline scary to think about.
Captain Wonder looks good, too bad the one we got was not Steve, but instead the Doc. It’s funny though, when they make a male Wonder Woman he’s always fully clothed…
Thanks for stopping by JL! Love reading your thoughts