I would LOVE a Sensation Comics, even if it's digital. Really, it'd be perfect for the more super-stuff for Wonder Woman, whereas Azzarello has the mythy stuff down for her main book. We really are lacking in a fun WW book where Diana fights the Blue Snowman.
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@Icarusflies: It's a woman whose taken the names Barbara Minerva, Priscilla Rich, Deborah Domaine, and Sabrina Ballesteros all at one point or another. Thus her real name likely isn't even Barbara Minerva at this point.
Everyone is saying how the show needs to be so rooted with Paradise Island, but everyone should remember... it would air on the CW. Shows aren't given exactly the highest budget to film with, and Paradise Island would need to be either filmed in New Zealand or completely CGI. The whole point is to make a drama/action with a young Wonder Woman in the US. A fish out of water story. And Artemis, Hippolyta, and Ares aren't anymore vital in my opinion than Etta Candy, Steve Trevor, or Cheetah.
As for the origin, I do agree the Zeus origin is interesting and fresh. But relatable? No way. Sure, she has a father now... but he's king of the gods.
I would love it if they merged Priscilla and Barbara together to make one crazy cool Cheetah. Take Priscilla Rich's mental instability and Barbara Minerva's feral power, and I think you'd have a great villain.
The Serpent Society seems to be popping up everywhere nowadays.
They were in Battle Scars #3-4 (although Deadpool shoots Cottonmouth in the head and cuts off Anaconda's arm), then Avenging Spider-Man (with Anaconda and Cottonmouth completely recovered), and most recently Avengers Vs. X-Men where Hope battled and defeated them.
It'd be nice if they weren't played up as fodder for once. And a little more consistency with the roster. Apparently Sidewinder, Asp, Copperhead, and Death Adder are all back with the Serpent Society.
I think new members are the last thing they need. The Serpent Society has so many members, a lot of whom had some development over the years (Black Mamba, Anaconda, Bushmaster) but a lot who haven't (Rattler, Coachwhip, Puff Adder). Now that Death Adder is back, I think a revamped Serpent Society with Sidewinder back as leader, and members consisting of the more interesting members (my ideal group would be Sidewinder, Black Mamba, Anaconda, Cottonmouth, Rattler, and Bushmaster, with Asp, Coachwhip, Fer-de-Lance, Boomslang, etc. as reserve members).
Cheetah's not really jealous of Wonder Woman's beauty, but more the recognition she gets. The original Cheetah, Priscilla Rich, was driven insane because people overlooked her own accomplishments for Wonder Woman's superheroism, not limited to her beauty. The modern Cheetah, Barbara Minerva, isn't so much jealous as she is passionate about getting Wonder Woman's lasso and her own sense of adventures.
Silver Swan, the original (Helen Alexandros), didn't even really know Wonder Woman existed... she was merely jealous of all beautiful women because she herself was not. Valerie Beaudry, on the other hand, I could agree to... but she was never that much of a villain anyway, and her motivations were moreso her husband's than her own, regardless of her jealousy of Diana's beauty. Vanessa Kapatelis was more jealous of Wonder Girl than Wonder Woman, and felt betrayed when Diana would go gallivanting around with other teenage girls rather than her.
A better example of a Wonder Woman villain who is defined by her jealous of Diana's beauty is Doctor Cyber, who went to painstaking efforts to make herself as beautiful as Wonder Woman.
I'd argue that envy of beauty isn't a great motivation at all, but in Wonder Woman's case, it works. After all, one of her most prominent features is being "Beautiful as Aphrodite." Here's a woman who is not only powerful physically, can kick some bad guy butt, and still fights for all the right reasons, she's one of the most stunning physically attractive women. It's natural that other women would be jealous of her attention.
I do think men writing the villains over the years is one of the reasons why beauty is so important in the Wonder Woman comics, and in all comic books in terms of female characters. I don't think that's a reason why she should get a bad reputation. If more people read Wonder Woman, they'd see there are heaps of villains of hers that aren't jealous of her physical beauty. But there are a lot that are, after all, unlike most of the male heroes, Wonder Woman is meant to be THE perfect woman.