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Four Biggest Ways DC's 'The New 52' Has Changed Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman's first issue has officially arrived, and with so many changes happening in the DCU, how different has she become?

One thing that has remained consistent throughout the 'new 52' books at DC is the level of change. We have seen costume changes and character changes. In fact, when Sterling Gates came in for our podcast last week, we spent a lot of time discussing the changes being made to many popular DC characters and the reasons why.

Many of these characters are getting a completely new interpretation -- they are being re-invented in order to attract a growing and diverse audience; however many other characters are staying the same. Yesterday one of DC's most anticipated books of the relaunch, 'Wonder Woman #1' finally hit store shelves, and many fans who anticipated the release of the issue immediately begged the question, what is it about Wonder Woman that is different? We've read the issue, and we've reviewed it (almost gave it a perfect score-- it was that good) so what's different?

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Location

Wonder Woman's home base is something that changed pretty frequently. Unlike Batman and Superman who had the Fortress of Solitude and the Batcave (respectively) to go home to, Wonder Woman never really had a home base. Yes, she would often visit and defend Themyscira, but she didn't necessarily live there all the time. Where Bruce Wayne had his mansion and Clark Kent had his apartment, Diana never really had a home. Based on the first issue of Wonder Woman it seems like writer Brian Azzarello is establishing where she lives right off the bat. The first scene where we see Wonder Woman she appears to be in a London apartment or penthouse in bed asleep (or at least pretending to be). The bed has a simple wooden frame, and across from the bed is an armoire where she stores her costume and weapons. Pretty simple little place for the Amazon Princess, right? The decision to give Diana a London location could be left over from Flashpoint; after all; the destruction of Themyscira is what led the Amazon's to take over Great Britain.

Is she still a Princess?

In Diana's first interaction with Hermes, the messenger to the Greek Gods and the guide to the underworld, he calls her "Amazon" and makes no mention of her being a Princess. The fact that Diana's home base appears to be in London might also be another hint; does Themyscira even exist anymore? And if it does exist, what is her relationship to her homeland? She appeared to be laying in bed in an empty apartment, so what is her relationship with the Amazons? Are they no longer a nation of female warriors and have they been dispersed? This also begs the question, what is her relationship to the Gods? In this issue we see three Gods, Apollo (in the first few pages), Hera (who births assassins to attack Zola), and Hermes who appears to try to save Zola's life. However, this does not explain what her relationship is with "the Gods." Is she at odds with them? Whose side is Diana on?

The tone

There's been a whole heck of a lot of talk about making characters "darker" and "edgier" in order to make them appeal to a wider audience. That has often included a higher level of...well...gratuitous violence in several of the new 52 books. The amount of violence in the first issue of Wonder Woman, however, is appropriate. The comic rated T for teen, and Diana is after all a warrior; so while she doesn't necessarily kill the assassin's that Hera created she does manage to incapacitate them to the point that they are forced to flee.

Her character also seems to talk a lot less, showing a certain level of compassion (in the scene with Hermes) but knowing that she must get the job done at whatever cost. She seems stronger here than in her previous series; more confident and self assured. These characteristics make her interesting. Azzarello has also cited in a recent interview that Diana will be very different, and that the tone of the book will be "less superhero" and more likening to a "horror comic." I would argue that giving her character this kind of edge is empowering and exciting.

No 'Odyssey' here...so far

If Straczynski 'Odyssey' story arc (the final story arc in the last Wonder Woman series) is going to stick, it doesn't feel like that's the case in this issue. The entire Odyssey story revolved around the idea that Wonder Woman had no idea who she was or where she had come from, and she read as very unsure of herself. Here Diana means business. She doesn't ask for something; she demands it. In the scene with Zola she doesn't ask for the key, she gives her a choice: she can hand it over willingly, or Wonder Woman can take it from her by force. Even though Diana only appears a third of the way into this issue, Azzarello still manages to relay the strength and confidence of her character in the few words that she does speak.

This series is one of the more interesting starts to any of the new 52 series. Diana appears to be a stronger, more interesting character; so perhaps the changes we've seen here are positive ones. What do you think of the new 52 Wonder Woman? What other changes (if any) did you notice in this series? Are you looking forward to issue #2?

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Posted by TheBlackHood

I absolutely LOVED this issue. I think Wonder Woman was presented as a strong female warrior, which is how I always preferred her. I would also like to give the colorist huge kudos for giving Diana a darker or more olive skin tone befitting someone with her ethnic background. I always said that the way to make Diana relevant was to present the gods as angry selfish beings and show Wonder Woman as the only one who could stand against them. This really gives her a place in DC away from simply fighting Cat Chicks or Midget Rapists. For me this was a five star issue, easy.

Posted by RareCheshire

@entropy_aegis: That's very true! Still this shows that comic book creators just aren't original anymore.

Posted by super_psycho
@Crowman: nah megan fox is lame
Posted by Evpraksiya

@Or35ti said:

This book sounds so good. I expect Wonder Woman to really shine in the Trinity with Batman and Superman, something she less frequently did pre-Flashpoint

L O L you made my day ! Since odyssey she was decaying now she's dead. She's not shining but drowning, Marston would be astonished by those things...

Posted by Or35ti

@Evpraksiya said:

@Or35ti said:

This book sounds so good. I expect Wonder Woman to really shine in the Trinity with Batman and Superman, something she less frequently did pre-Flashpoint

L O L you made my day ! Since odyssey she was decaying now she's dead. She's not shining but drowning, Marston would be astonished by those things...

well i mean now in the DCnU hopefully they'll treat her like she's supposed to be cos she is supposed to be the third most important character of DC lol

Posted by perry_411

Are we getting a catwoman write-up? I really liked it. Got a lil sizzly at the end.

Posted by Sekele

@Crowman:

Wonder Woman is awesome!

Posted by Billy Batson

I believe in Azzarello.
BB

Posted by Sekele

@Evpraksiya said:

L O L you made my day ! Since odyssey she was decaying now she's dead. She's not shining but drowning, Marston would be astonished by those things...

Wonder Woman didn't shine since the Golden Age ended

She was rotting throughout the Silver Age, and died with the Crisis on Infinite Earths

This is her return from the grave after decades

Get your facts straight, bub!

Edited by Evpraksiya

@Sekele said:

Get your facts straight, bub!

my facts? comics quality aren't about facts but feelings, we've two different point of view fine. And i won't share mine about the way they're exposed here.

@Or35ti said:

@Evpraksiya said:

@Or35ti said:

This book sounds so good. I expect Wonder Woman to really shine in the Trinity with Batman and Superman, something she less frequently did pre-Flashpoint

L O L you made my day ! Since odyssey she was decaying now she's dead. She's not shining but drowning, Marston would be astonished by those things...

well i mean now in the DCnU hopefully they'll treat her like she's supposed to be cos she is supposed to be the third most important character of DC lol

I agree with you on the subject they're trying to get her back, in my opinion they're going too far and in the wrong way but it seems this is the way people would love her. I'm glad to have the 599st comics before the fall., Some were bad but she was respected even if just a little.

I don't know if it's just me but the art...wtf.

Posted by Feliciano2040

@Sara said:

Yesterday one of DC's most anticipated books of the relaunch, 'Wonder Woman #1' finally hit store shelves

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Still, it was a great issue.

Posted by Noctis

I absolutely loved the first issue, can't wait for more!!!

Posted by PowerHerc

@RareCheshire said:

@difficlus said:

@The Impersonator said:

WONDERFUL! :D

second that!

They totally stole that from Big Barda in the Batman/Superman: Supergirl graphic novel. Nothing with a towel on, cabinet full of weapons and armor. Big Barda pulls it off better!

Yes. They stole that from Barda.

Posted by Or35ti

@Evpraksiya said:

@Sekele said:

Get your facts straight, bub!

my facts? comics quality aren't about facts but feelings, we've two different point of view fine. And i won't share mine about the way they're exposed here.

@Or35ti said:

@Evpraksiya said:

@Or35ti said:

This book sounds so good. I expect Wonder Woman to really shine in the Trinity with Batman and Superman, something she less frequently did pre-Flashpoint

L O L you made my day ! Since odyssey she was decaying now she's dead. She's not shining but drowning, Marston would be astonished by those things...

well i mean now in the DCnU hopefully they'll treat her like she's supposed to be cos she is supposed to be the third most important character of DC lol

I agree with you on the subject they're trying to get her back, in my opinion they're going too far and in the wrong way but it seems this is the way people would love her. I'm glad to have the 599st comics before the fall., Some were bad but she was respected even if just a little.

I don't know if it's just me but the art...wtf.

Really? What do you mean? Like how could they do it better?

Posted by jordama

psst

Your respectively is mixed up about home bases

Posted by Sydpart2

Did you even read the last issue of Odyssey?

Posted by Coluber

I wonder what role Steve Trevor will have. I don't usually follow Wonder Woman, but Lady Ragnell has convinced me that Steve Trevor is extremely important to the mythos, and should not be shoved aside.

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

DC grew up, way to go.

Posted by hellogan

I really didn't get a wow factor when I got this book.... I was very disappointed in the art work. With Diana being one of the major female superhero's in all of comic's you would think they would take more care in this particular relaunch. I'm ok with the new look, but nothing makes me want to by the second issue:(

Posted by franco2011
Posted by JBBuc

@The Mighty Monarch said:

It was great and all, but I'm just really bummed out about the lack of pants. They showed her having pants in the first few months of promos for the new 52, but took them away at the last minute, and she just looks better with them. It's hard to take her as seriously when she looks like she came straight out of the swimsuit competition in a Miss America pageant circa NINETEEN FRICKING FIFTY. But in all honesty, Azzarello did a GREAT job at making me take her seriously despite this.

That's her outfit. It looks good and it is freaking iconic. Get over it.

Posted by CODYSF

Wonder woman kick ass going to get this issue