Category Archives: Art

DC Steampunk Variants for February 2014

CBR has just released an exclusive first look at DC’s Steampunk variants for February 2014. Two of them feature Wonder Woman! Take a look!

Justice League #28 - Steampunk Variant - Art by Dan Panosian

Justice League #28 – Steampunk Variant – Cover by Dan Panosian

Superman/Wonder Woman #04 - Steampunk Variant - Cover by Dan Panosian

Superman/Wonder Woman #04 – Steampunk Variant – Cover by Dan Panosian

What do you think? I honestly think that both of the Wonder Woman images are a little…meh. They rely too heavily on saloon girl-style clichés. The Superman/Wonder Woman variant is a little better. I wonder if DC will release a Wonder Woman variant. I like that the bodice/corset Diana is wearing in Justice League looks a lot like the Amazonia corset.

EDIT: Hitflix has released more covers, including one for Wonder Woman #28.

Wonder Woman v4 #28 - Steampunk Variant - Cover by J.G. Jones and Trish Mulvihill

Wonder Woman v4 #28 – Steampunk Variant – Cover by J.G. Jones and Trish Mulvihill

Hey! Look at that! More direct saloon girl clichés! Wonderful!

Wonder Woman: Earth One [News, Images, So on]

wwe104The first promo image by Yanick Paquette. Click for a larger version!

This blog had not been set up when Wonder Woman: Earth One was initially announced. Since it is set up now, I thought I would collect all of the information and art previews I could find on this book to be your one-stop source on WW: Earth One!

Teased back in March, officially announced May 10, 2013, Wonder Woman: Earth One will be a new original graphic novel set in the same universe as Superman: Earth One (J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis) and Batman: Earth One (Geoff Johns and Gary Frank) written by Grant Morrison with art by Yanick Paquette.

Grant Morrison told EW.com:

This is some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time, because it’s a completely different type of comic book. Usually I don’t do masses of research, but for Wonder Woman, I’ve actually been working my way through the entire history of feminism. I want this to be f—ing serious, you know? I want this to be really, really good, to reflect not only what women think, but what men think of women. I’m trying to do something really different from what’s been done with the character before. That one’s been amazing fun, because it’s nothing like anything I’ve ever done before.

Morrison told L.A. Times Hero Complex:

It’s not a comic about superheroes punching each other. It’s about the sexes and how we feel about one another, and what a society of women cut off from the rest of the world for 3,000 years might look like, and what kind of sexuality, what kind of philosophy, what kind of science would that have developed, and how would that impact our world if it actually suddenly became apparent that these women existed.

We’re also going to deal with the notion of Wonder Woman having a costume, which I think is almost ridiculous. So we’re playing with that a little bit and doing something different from that, which surprisingly nobody has ever done. We’re going to do something with how she looks, which is quite different.

Speaking to USAToday, Morrison says:

I’m really focusing a lot more on the mother and daughter story in it between Hippolyta and Diana. I want it to be that kind of book, a story about women.

Diana’s a lot more defiant in it and she’s not sent to man’s world — she runs away to it so there’s a very different dynamic between her and Hippolyta, and the entire thing basically takes place around a trial.

I always felt one of the fundamentals of Wonder Woman in at least the last two decades is that she always seems to be on trial, and I don’t mean that in a story sense. Everyone’s always saying, “Why does nobody buy Wonder Woman? Why isn’t she any good?” (Laughs) it seems like she’s always on trial, so I thought if I literalized that and made the story basically the Amazons bringing her back home after her first adventure away and putting her on trial, it’d be different from anything else you might see. The Amazons have their own ways of doing things.

It’s kind of asking Wonder Woman to justify herself, which I feel has almost been what the character’s had to do for a long time.

In the same USAToday Interview, Morrison was asked “We’ve had endless versions of Superman and Batman in media. On the other hand, we’ve had one Wonder Woman show in the 1970s and, more recently, a TV pilot that didn’t get to series. Is the character just that tricky to pull off in an on-screen fashion?” To which he replied:

People have just convinced themselves that that’s true. I know Warner Bros. isn’t particularly keen on launching movies with female leads, and most of the big studios aren’t. It’s just a thing in Hollywood — they have fears about this. They also believe the audience is composed mainly of 18- to 30-year-old men who don’t want to know about women. (Laughs)

There are certain attitudes that have been around for a while and I think people just don’t question them anymore, and things like Wonder Woman always fall prey to it. I think you could have easily made an amazing Wonder Woman film if you had Angelina Jolie in her prime doing it. I think it would have done well, but I don’t know if there’s a big-name actress who can do it now.

The executives just run these things over in their heads and say, “I don’t know if it’s worth putting money into this. It’s not a surefire hit. The boys want to see Batman brooding.” Believe me, that’s what they think: “Boys don’t want to see a bunch of Amazons running around.”

The book doesn’t have a firm release date right now (“sometime”), but is scheduled to be 120 pages.

And now, the fun part… More artwork by Yanick Paquette! Click for larger size:

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Full Cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #01

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The full Tony Daniel three-page cover spread for Superman/Wonder Woman #01.

Click for the full image.

DC’s New 52 Trailer motion comic

I just realized this today. On DC’s main page, they have a motion comics style trailer for the New 52. Included in the video is motion comic versions of the Wonder Woman promo art we’ve seen previously. However, it also featured one shot of Wonder Woman I hadn’t seen before:

DC motion comic preview of Wonder Woman v4 #01

DC motion comic preview of Wonder Woman v4 #01

(This image is a screen cap directly from the video).

really like this image. I can’t wait for the full issue!

The trailer for the New 52 can be seen on DC’s main page.

It’s Official – She Has No Pants

New 52 Justice League #01 official cover; Art by Jim Lee

New 52 Justice League #01 official cover; Art by Jim Lee

It’s official. Wonder Woman is, once again, pantless. The “final” covers for August’s Justice League #1 were posted on DC’s The Source blog. The only difference? Wonder Woman is no longer wearing pants.

New 52 Justice League #01 Variant by David Finch.

New 52 Justice League #01 Variant by David Finch.

Also released today was this image, David Finch’s variant for Justice League #1. I think this particular image is ridiculous. Wonder Woman is short, and standing like there is something inside of her that shouldn’t be.

The original release of the image, which also adorned bags at Comic-Con was:

Originally solicited New 52 Justice League #01 art by Jim Lee.

Originally solicited New 52 Justice League #01 art by Jim Lee.

My only question: If they were going to change her back to the swimsuit, why did they even bother drawing up the pants versions of Justice League #1 and Wonder Woman #1? It seems like a huge waste of time.

This whole past year and two months of her new costume (which I loved) was just a minor blip in her life. The issues 600-614 Wonder Woman outfit will probably never be seen again in continuity. And I mourn the loss.

Preview Art – Wonder Woman (vol. 04) Issue #01

A couple of preview pages for the first issue of the New 52 Wonder Woman have started making the rounds. Check them out.

Art by Cliff Chiang

Art by Cliff Chiang

Art by Cliff Chiang

Art by Cliff Chiang

I know a lot of people were worried about artist Cliff Chiang. But, I liked his work. And these preview pages reassure me that the art on the new-new-new-Wonder Woman will be fantastic.

Wonder Woman, Pantless!

DC. Do you know how a costume becomes iconic? It starts with not changing your mind about it every year. Sure, people didn’t like Wonder Woman with the pants. But you know what? It worked. She was far more believable as a warrior and as a woman. How many women do you know that would go to battle, or anywhere other than the beach, in the outfit you have Wonder Woman in? You shouldn’t have backed down on the pants. People would warm up to them. And given time, it could have become more iconic than the bathing suit.

Originally solicited image of Wonder Woman v4 #01.

Originally solicited image of Wonder Woman v4 #01.

This is the originally solicited image for the cover of Wonder Woman #1 after DC’s big reset (or whatever). Art by Cliff Chang. I was really fond of this take on the outfit, and I was glad that she was still wearing the pants. However, when official preview artwork started making it’s way out, we were treated to a much different image.

Official cover image for Wonder Woman v4 #01.

Official cover image for Wonder Woman v4 #01.

Why did they change their mind? It’s probably because “fans” hated the new costume, hated their “beloved” character wearing PANTS! “Wonder Woman would never wear pants!” [Actual quote from a CBR forum member]. Wait, what? She’d never wear pants?

The truth is, the people in charge of DC Comics have never known what to do with the character of Wonder Woman. And this is just another example of them worrying more about what she looks about than telling good stories.

Sometimes, DC makes it really difficult to be a Wonder Woman fan though I will never give up on her.