Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston
The secret behind Wonder Woman’s new origin has been revealed! Tangled with mistrust and deception, the birth of Wonder Woman comes at us with an entirely different perspective that gives new meaning to Diana’s name. No longer is she a miracle child formed from clay, but rather the daughter of the God Zeus. Now paradise island is blaming the princess for the death of many Amazons, talking of revolting against her and reclaiming the island in the name of the Amazons. But now, with Wonder Woman uncertain of her own beginnings, and also blaming herself for the Amazonian bloodshed, she begins her journey away from Paradise island, never to return.
This was not the origin reboot I was expecting for Wonder Woman. It seems the title of Wonder Woman is no longer held by the Amazon who earns the right to travel to the world of man, but rather a position of question. Diana is uncertain of her own life, with no name or title, thus calling herself Wonder Woman, wondering who she is and/or who she will be.
Emotions were running pretty high in this issue; Diana furious with her mother for lying to her, Hippolyta unsure of how to tell Diana the truth without causing her pain, virtually the entire island on the verge of revolting against the princess, and Diana feeling an enormous sense of guilt for something that truly wasn’t her fault, causing her to leave the island. This is a community of women who are definitely having difficulties living with deceit. Fingers pointing, they seem to have this need to blame someone, even if it’s obviously not that person’s fault.
Since she’s already wearing the silver and red uniform and leaving the island on her own accord, we can assume this means the contest to “win the right to live in man’s world” is no longer apart of the Amazonian tradition. I really do love that origin story, but this one seems to show a lot of promise with the potential of being BETTER than the pre-reboot origin. It’s interesting that this version of the Amazonian culture seems to be much more primitive in their lifestyle and thinking, yet at the same time not feeling too different either.
Cliff Chiang is very good, but sometimes his art doesn’t come off as good as it truly is when the colorist is sub-par. Thankfully, Matt Wilson shows off his complimentary talents, holding nothing back. The artistic combination reminds me of Kill Shakespeare’s Andy B. and Ian Herring; there’s nothing about it that’s overly flashy and dramatic, yet it’s as beautiful and amazing as anything Jim Lee has put out there.
I’m certainly enjoying this reboot. Three issues in and I’m sold on this title even more than I am on Suicide Squad. I’m not sure why this title was qualified as a horror comic as the last two issues weren’t really that horrifying. There’s so much more content in this title than the typical horror comic. Not that horror comics aren’t substantial, but there is a significant difference between Wonder Woman’s run vs. other horror comics.
10 out of 10 stars.