I must warn you, if you are planning to read this interview, make sure you have read Wonder Woman #23 first!! Spoilers abound!
CBR has a new interview with Brian Azzarello regarding The First Born and the events of Wonder Woman issue #23. The interview includes some interesting insights into the character of the First Born creation.
The one quote that interested me the most, and is entirely SPOILER-FREE is:
CBR: How long will the mission last? Do you have an end date to your run on “Wonder Woman” planned?
Azzarello: [Laughs] You’ll have to wait. I don’t want to give you a number, but I do have an ending.
On Kevin Smith’s Podcast Fatman on Batman episode #44, posted on August 14, 2013, Smith interviewed Grant Morrison. They discussed many topics, mostly revolving around Batman. However, at about the 30 minute mark, they started talking about Morrison’s upcoming Wonder Woman: Earth One book.
Grant Morrison announced that the title for the book is now The Trial of Diana Prince. It is speculated that the official title is still Wonder Woman: Earth One and that The Trial of Diana Prince is simply a subtitle.
Through the interview and like every interview he’s done, Morrison spends quite a bit of time obsessing over the sex lives of William Moulton Marston, his wife, and their lover. He talks extensively about the bondage elements, coming off seeming like bondage is the single most important element of the character.
Instantly, for me, I’m looking… You’ve got Batman, and Batman fights crime. And Superman’s sci-fi and social realism in the early days. Wonder Woman is about sex and alternative sexuality.
Really? Okay. So Wonder Woman is to alternative sexuality as Superman is to science fiction. That’s… That seems to be focusing on the wrong elements of what makes Wonder Woman such an interesting character, but okay Grant.
You’ve got like… 7,000 years, these women, they’ve been enslaved by Hercules and the greeks. They break out, they kill all the dudes. They head off and said “We’re going to create our own society free from the curse of men.” And they create Paradise Island…. And 7,000 years later, the same women are still alive cause they’ve conquered death. And the only new one that’s been born is Diana, the princess, Wonder Woman. So the idea is like… what happens like… a hundred years in, they’ve all fucked each other and they’ve built the buildings….
Smith and Morrison discuss how these women are frozen in basically the “same afternoon” because there is no masculinity. Their architecture is “haunted by the phallic memory of Hercules and the men.”
At this point in the interview, they finally start discussing the story. Diana discovers Steve Trevor crashed on the island and she runs away to “Man’s World” with him. She soon discovers it’s not just Man’s World any more; it’s men and women. However, the Amazons soon unleash the Gorgon on Diana to bring her back to Paradise Island to stand trial for her crimes. Apparently during the trial, Steve Trevor has to explain why men like porn…?
Morrison also says that he deals with Diana’s “birthed from clay” elements, since he felt that origin made her too remote from us. No spoilers on what he’s done with it. He also calls it a Disney Princess type story.
Yanick Paquette has finished 20 of the 120 pages for the story, and thus far the artwork is absolutely gorgeous.
The Guardian has another interview with Morrison about this project, where he once again goes on and on about the creator’s sex lives and Wonder Woman’s bondage elements. He explains why he’s “resurrecting Wonder Woman,” as if she hasn’t been published since the 1940s.
The more I hear about the story, the more I feel it is focusing on all the wrong elements of Wonder Woman. Yes, these are elements that were really important to the creation of the character, and who she was in the 1940s. But this just isn’t what she is now. I just don’t think this is going to be the story that brings Wonder Woman to the forefront of the public eye like Morrison seems to believe. And to be honest, I haven’t enjoyed any of the Earth One graphic novels thus far.
I’ll definitely buy Wonder Woman: Earth One. The story sounds interesting enough, despite focusing on archaic elements of her creation. But even if the story is complete nonsense, Paquette’s artwork alone will be worth the price of the book.
And my honest opinion: If this book makes anyone out there decide to delve deeper into Wonder Woman and her stories, it’ll be a success in my eyes. Anything that brings more people to Wonder Woman is good.
Still, I am worried.
No official date for it yet, especially considering Yanick Paquette still has 100 pages left to draw (in addition to his normal monthly duties). Hopefully we’ll see this book early 2014.
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Goran Sudzuka
Cover by Cliff Chiang
“There’s no time for Wonder Woman to fully comprehend the fallout from last issue’s shocking turn of events as her family gathers to prepare for an assault on Olympus!”
Still hinting at “shocking events” for issue #24. I guess it makes sense that Azzarello would cap his second full-year on the title with a big issue. I’m looking forward to seeing what it is and what follows. An assault on Olympus?! Exciting!
Written by Charles Soule
Art and cover by Tony S. Daniel and Batt
“Whom the gods destroy, first they piss off! Seeking help against Doomsday, Diana turns to her brother Hephaestus for weapons—but a more immediate threat is Apollo and the other gods. They do not approve of Superman as a consort to Diana, and he will have to prove himself in combat!”
I can’t even begin to say how excited I am to see Wonder Woman’s supporting cast/Rogue’s gallery on the cover of this issue. Everything that has been said about this series has been all about Superman and how everything is about Superman. It’s nice to see that, with her name in the title, Wonder Woman will actually get some focus in this book.
With all of the Forever Evil stuff going on, there’s no telling whether or not Diana will appear in Justice League #24. There’s no specific mention of her. I guess it all depends on how Trinity War plays out. Other than that, there is DCE Essentials $1 reprint of Justice League #01 (from the New 52). Though Diana is not actually in the issue (she didn’t appear until Justice League #03), she is on the cover.
Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Cover by Cat Staggs
“With Washington, D.C., on lockdown, Air Force One under attack and the dead rising from the grave, Superman and a newly armored “Wonder Woman” take the fight to Hades and Faust. Plus, as “Olympus” concludes, Clark’s journey as Superman takes a dramatic turn!”
Newly armored Wonder Woman. I’m not sure how I feel about the costume on the cover (though I always prefer silver to gold on Diana). But I’ll be interested in seeing how this plays out in their universe. It’ll be an exciting story arc regardless.
Since Diana in all her various incarnations will be included in Scribblenauts Unmasked, she will be included as part of the Scribblenauts Unmasked mini-figures series 01. Unfortunately, the toys are blind-boxed (SO ANNOYING). I may end up having to buy a million to get Wonder Woman.
Wow. November is a very sad month for Wonder Woman. Ah well…
I’ll be the first to admit that Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman is not my favorite run on Wonder Woman. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the series. I think he’s crafting a fantastic story. And his vision of Wonder Woman is much, MUCH closer to who she really is than any other portrayals of Diana in the New 52. But hearing about this exchange at Boston Comic-Con really improved my general opinion of Azzarello:
Brian Azzarello told Boston that he sees Wonder Woman radically differently to the rest of DC Comics. And her comic is certainly evidence of that. When DiDio asked him how he felt about the whole Wonder Woman/Superman romance in light of the groundwork he was laying with Orion, he responded, “Clearly not the way DC feels about it.”
What I find interesting is that the same panel also mentioned that we will be seeing Doomsday and Zod in the Superman/Wonder Woman series. Oh yeah? We’ll be seeing Superman villains? What about a single mention of a single Wonder Woman villain, or secondary character?