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Off My Mind: When Will Wonder Woman Return to Her Old Costume?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
It's bound to happen someday. The question is, how long will her new look last?
Staczyniski's original plan was for a twelve issue run on the series. He made the decision to leave to focus on DC's Earth One original graphic novels and Phil Hester will be taking over from his notes. Because we're not even half way through this story, it's possible we should be patient and wait to see how it plays out instead of longing for the return of the character some of have been reading for years. There's just something off about Wonder Woman's portrayal and it's not just because she doesn't fully remember her past.
Is it just a matter of waiting to see if this new direction is what's best for Wonder Woman?
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Looking ahead at DC's solicits, we know that the story of this new Wonder Woman will continue over the next few months as originally planned. Covers have been shown through March's issue #609 and the old costumes remains (even though it shows Diana having visions of her past costumes). Even in February's Superman #708, we'll see Superman meet this new Wonder Woman for the first time and wonder if he's met her before.
As a long time reader of Wonder Woman and comics in general, I can't help but be skeptical over this new direction. Whenever these major shake ups occur, especially when classic costumes are changed, the character always reverts back to their original look. Sometimes the change had an impact on the character and the story but underneath it feels like a simple marketing ploy. Shake things up, add a new costume and let the media discuss the changes. Even I'm guilty of that as it was just in November that I last wrote about Wonder Woman's new direction.
Her new costume has been growing on me. I've always felt her original resembled a bathing suit more than a superhero costume. Regardless, it's a classic look. The new outfit might be more practical and allow Diana to walk the streets without people wondering why someone was out dressed that way (since no one knows who Wonder Woman is). It also feels like this could be a way to force her new look upon us if a live action movie ever gets made or if the previously announced television show ever happens. Wearing pants with a red top and black leather jacket will add more realism than someone trying to wear the classic suit (like Lynda Carter did previously).
I really hope that isn't the case. Movies and television shows should have no influence on the original comics. We have seen that in the past, especially with Wolverine and the X-Men. I've tried waiting to see where the current story arc is going. We are getting more progress but it's just not the Wonder Woman I've been reading since the 80s. Change is good but with each issue, I'm caring less and less on where this story will take us. Bring back the classic costume already!