Wonder Woman’s Latest Makeover
Hey, Wonder Woman! You’re driving me nuts.
DC Comics has announced they’re changing Wonder Woman’s costume. Let’s forget that her costume is truly iconic. Let’s forget it’s been one of the most licensed images in American comic books. Let’s even forget that
artist/co-publisher Jim Lee’s new design isn’t bad at all. Let’s just question the wisdom of capricious change.
We’ve been through this before. In 1968, DC took her out
of her costume and dressed her as Emma Peal from The Avengers teevee show. It didn’t work. In 1982, DC altered the eagle to look like a double-double-you. Since then, that image has been softened to appear almost indistinguishable.
DC has re-launched, re-booted, re-vitalized and changed
Wonder Woman more often than a new mom changes her baby’s diaper. Some incarnations were quite good, but few lasted long enough to establish an audience.
DC has repeatedly proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of developing their artistic successes. It looks like every time somebody new comes in, he’s got to “save Wonder Woman” just to make his bones.
Perhaps the numbers crunchers panic easily – that’s certainly been known to happen. Perhaps they should just focus on making great comics instead of
overdoing lame “events.”
Wonder Woman has been a role model to thousands of young
girls and has been an entry-point for a lot of women into this still-male
dominated medium. DC should honor Wonder Woman and her heritage by treating her with the same reverence with which they treat Superman. The way publisher has treated Wonder Woman for the past couple decades has been quite sad.