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Opinion: CCI: Will Wonder Woman get any attention? Probably not.

With Comic-Con International on Day 2 right now, I’m mildly curious if there will be any Wonder Woman related news. DC tends to use these panels as a way to share and expand on information they’ve previously released on their own terms. Very rarely are there any announcements of any importance. Even more rarely are there announcements about Wonder Woman.

I’m not expecting this year to be any different. DC considers Wonder Woman one of their “Trinity,” but they’ve never shown her the level of respect I feel she deserves. I’m not saying that I expect huge Wonder Woman specific announcements every year. Simply recognizing her as a character in their universe would be nice. How hard is it to say “On Wonder Woman, Brian Azzarello has some great stuff planned for his third year writing the book. We don’t currently have any plans of re-tooling the book and kicking him off.”

DC doesn’t view Wonder Woman as a priority. She’s further down on the list than a lot of B-List characters. I think that is a huge mistake. The truth is Wonder Woman is never doing as well as they think she should be doing. However, with such wildly different portrayals of Diana between books, and almost no advertising, it’s hard to expect people who are not already reading the book to get interested.

If DC were really smart, they’d launch a second Wonder Woman title, Sensation Comics. Like the 25 Bat-titles or 3 or 4 Superman titles, this book could function to get larger visibility for the Amazing Amazon. Sensation could focus on the more typical superhero fare that many people miss about Wonder Woman, while allowing Brian Azzarello to continue his story uninterrupted in Wonder Woman. It would allow for a Wonder Woman title to be included in crossover events, again without interrupting the main title. This book could have more action, more character development, and more typical comic story arcs. It could introduce more of Diana’s villains (where’s Circe?!) and have her take on The Cheetah (introduced in JLA), as well as introduce more of her secondary cast (we know what happened to the Amazons, but Diana hasn’t even paused for a moment to care).

Having Sensation Comics be a secondary Wonder Woman title would also allow for eventual Wonder Woman-centric event books. Think about it. In the last 25 years, Wonder Woman has been the star of two events, War of the Gods in 1991 and Amazons Attack in 2007. War of the Gods was meant to celebrate Wonder Woman’s 50th Anniversary as a comic character. Instead, DC under-advertised (as they usually do), released books late and out of order, didn’t flag some books as tie-ins when they actually were, and generally caused George Perez to grow tired of putting a lot of effort into a character that DC was just going to crap all over. Amazons Attack, as we all remember, is basically just a huge mess, and perpetuated the stereotype that all the Amazons want to do is murder everything. Beyond that, Diana has been involved in events, but never central to them.

DC considers the crossover/event book formula to be a huge success, as evidenced by their intense need to have an event every 20 minutes. Just since the start of the New 52, Batman has already had two major “events.” Superman has had one. Aquaman has had one. Green Lantern has had two. Teen Titans has had one. Animal Man and Swamp Thing have had a major crossover. Justice League Dark has been involved in a crossover with I, Vampire and the major event Trinity War. I know Wonder Woman is present for Trinity War (and Throne of Atlantis), but she is not a major player in either of these stories. And the version of Diana that Geoff Johns is writing is HORRIBLE, but that’s a post for another day.

I don’t want the main Wonder Woman title to be shoe-horned into an event where she doesn’t belong. I think, for the most part, Azzarello is crafting a strong story in his book. A large part of why he’s able to do that is because he’s being left alone to do it. But if DC really believes these events and crossovers help character and brand visibility, it’s really telling that they don’t even bother attempting to create one for Wonder Woman.

But, as we all know, Wonder Woman is not a priority for DC.

Okay. So this rant came out of nowhere, but since it’s how I feel, I won’t delete it. What do you think?

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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.

DC Comics’ commitment to diversity

DC Comics has been getting a lot of bad press lately. Mostly because of things like this:

A female fan told Didio that she counted and out of the twenty-eight solo character titles only six were women and only two were not connected to older male superheroes. “How do you justify calling that diversity?” the fan asked as the audience cheered. Didio told her it was an industry problem and then dodged the question, calling on the next fan.

DiDio then asked, “what would we have to do to change your mind?” The suggestion “Hire women!” got loud applause. When the fan asked why the rate of women in credits had gone from 12% to 1%, DiDio pressed him for names of who DC should hire. The fan’s suggestion was “Valentine” writer Alex De Campi, and other suggested Nicola Scott.

A fan dressed as Batgirl who had been at every DC panel over the weekend asked whether the publisher was committed to hiring more women. Didio said that they were working to put the best talent possible on the books. Morrison asked, “Do more women want to write DC superheroes?” and when many female fans responded “Yes!” he simply added “Then send your stuff in.”

Items like these have prompted DC to post this response on their official blog.

I understand that people want to see more female creators in the comic industry, especially the big publishers (Marvel and DC). And I think it’s great that DC actually seems interested in trying to get more female creators in their ranks. The big, burning question I have is: Why is no one demanding the same of Marvel? Marvel has way fewer female creators in their regular ranks than DC does, yet no one is making a big deal about that fact.

Why? Is it because Marvel has fewer recognizable female characters? Is it because Marvel’s female characters tend to be parts of groups, and very rarely have their own running series? How many Marvel heroines have their own running series at the moment? Judging from Marvel’s August 2011 solicitations, the answer is ZERO (unless you count Generation Hope; I don’t, because it’s a team book). How many DC heroines have their own series? From DC’s pre-New 52 August 2011 solicitations, I counted five female solo starring titles, the shortest of which has already passed the one-year mark. After the reset? Six solo titles for female characters, not counting female-centric teams like the Birds of Prey.

I’m all for female equality in every form. I truly believe that there should be more focus on female characters, and I believe that there should be more female creators in the industry. What I don’t understand is why no one has confronted Marvel about their “commitment to diversity.” Marvel has some truly great female characters (Storm, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Nico Minoru), yet none of them have their own solo books at the moment.

And while we’re at it, where are all the gay characters? DC’s doing an okay job in that respect (Batwoman, Midnighter, Apollo).

The final quote above, from Grant Morrison (“Do more women want to write DC Superheroes? Then send your stuff in.”) is a little unfair, considering “DC Comics does not accept unsolicited artwork or writing submissions.” (Link)

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.

I Believe in Wonder Woman!

People say Wonder Woman is not “viable” as a TV show/movie. The truth is that no one believes in her. Her “fans” are so busy bickering about her outfit that they let important opportunities go by. Well, I believe in Wonder Woman. And no matter how many times they try and fail to bring her to life, I know when it finally happens, it will be outstanding, because she’s outstanding. I BELIEVE IN WONDER WOMAN.