Over at DC’s Source blog a bunch of information was dropped on the changes Wonder Woman is going to face in issue beginning in issue #600 as JMS takes over the book. Her first challenge? Her new oh-so-90s costume designed by Jim Lee.
The second? A new origin.
The Gods, for reasons of their own but which may have something to with their survival and perhaps the survival of Earth itself, have changed the timeline. In the new timeline, years ago the Gods removed their protection from Paradise Island, and left it vulnerable to attack. And attacked it was. Led by a dark figure, a veritable army descended upon the Island, equipped with weapons that could kill even the Amazons. Outgunned, doomed, Hippolyta gave over her three-year-old daughter to a handful of guardians who spirited her away as Hippolyta led one last desperate battle against the forces that had come to destroy all she had created. In that final battle, she and most of the Amazons were killed, though some managed to escape.
It’s now nearly twenty years later. Diana has been raised in an urban setting, but with a foot in both worlds. She has little or no memory of the other timeline. She knows only what she’s been told by those who raised her On the run, hunted, she must try to survive, help the other refugee Amazons escape the army that is still after them, discover who destroyed Paradise Island and why…and if the timeline can be corrected or not
I don’t know how I feel about that costume – other than the jacket I’m fine with it, but it seems more like something Cassie or Donna should be wearing. And then there’s that origin – the concept isn’t terrible, but I’m not understanding why this isn’t happening in Earth-2 Wonder Woman or All-Star Wonder Woman. Still, I do think DC should get on turning some of this new origin into the basis for the Wonder Woman movie.
Also: Am I the only one who finds it funny that JMS is helming a massive retcon for a major character after what happened when he was writing One More Day?
Tags: Jim Lee, JMS, Wonder Woman