Michael Fitzgerald Troy, Fanbase Press Contributor

Michael Fitzgerald Troy, Fanbase Press Contributor

After watching David Letterman interview President Obama for his new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, I’m left with hope. For what? Why? I’m not sure, but I thought I’d ride the positive wave and apply it to this week’s Wonder Woman Wednesday column.

Hope. That is one of my favorite things about Wonder Woman. She is a symbol of hope for a good today and a better tomorrow. Wonder Woman doesn’t give up; she always fights the good fight, no matter how hopeless and dire the situation may be - without question, without hesitation.

Hey, readers! Welcome to a great new year. 2018 is going to be a great year of new hope.

2017 really was a difficult year between the politics, scandals, violence ,and forces of nature.  Sometimes, it’s difficult to find the good, but it’s in there.

Wonder Woman is one example of the good. It’s so exciting to see Diana back in the limelight. Front and center. I expect this trend to keep going. Her film proved to be a huge success and made her a true heavy hitter in the DCEU due mostly to the dedication of director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot - two amazing women, with major talent and passion for the character.

What can be said bout Gal as Wonder Woman? She’s perfect. This has turned her into a global super star, and she’s sweet and wonderful and everything . And how great was she on SNL? As with BVS, Wonder Woman was the breakout superstar of Justice League and arguably the best thing about the movie. Although, I really liked all of the performances by the rest of the actors. I wouldn’t mind a sequel. They poised Wonder Woman front and center, and she seemed so obvious in the position.  Can’t wait for more WW on the silver screen.

You could definitely see the cultural impact Wonder Woman has had on the world. While always popular, it was amazing to see the mass of Wonder Woman cosplayers and Halloween costumes. And hey, sometimes people just dress like her for the hell of it!

Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp wrapped up their critically popular and fan-lauded run on the Wonder Woman comic book series. Don’t be too sad; it was announced artist Liam Sharp would be doing a Brave and the Bold mini-series featuring Batman and Wonder Woman. Sharp will also be handling writing duties! Can’t wait!

Speaking of future Wonder Woman, artist Yannick Paquette is hard at work on drawing writer Grant Morrison’s script for the much anticipated Wonder Woman: Earth One 2.

Jill Thompson won an Eisner Award for her work on the original graphic novel, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon - the first for Wonder Woman, I believe.

The new Justice League action cartoon was a success. Wonder Woman was everywhere and just couldn’t be caught. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for our amazing Amazon. Whatever the journey, we’ll be there for the ride.

Thanks, readers! Happy New Year! Check out our sister Facebook page and follow me on Twitter (@MichaelFitzTroy).

Like any good queen, I’m in the midst of binge-watching Netflix’s The Crown. Admittedly, I was almost done with the first season and somehow fell off in the middle of episode seven. Luckily, after much ballyhoo, I’m back on board and that was no mistake. Claire Foy gives an epic performance as a Queen Elizabeth who became queen at quite a young age. In the beginning, she’s afraid and justifiably so.

Self-esteem is defined as “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect." Self-esteem is an important key to success and happiness that hopefully everyone’s parents imbue their children with when they are young.

Brian K. Vaughan is one of, if not my favorite comic book writers of all time. I believe I first discovered his work on Y: The Last Man, the seminal Vertigo series focusing on Yorick Brown as he faces being the sole survivor of the male species after a pandemic causes genocide of the male gender. I would then follow his work into his political thriller with acclaimed artist Tony Harris, Ex Machina, and then a memorable role on Ultimate X-Men and whatever else he may write. As someone more drawn to the art than the writing of comics, I’m more likely to follow an artist to their next project than a writer.  But, in the case of Brian K. Vaughan, I’d read Ikea instruction manuals if they were written by him.

Hi, readers! After much anticipation, we finally have the Justice League movie. Now that I’ve had a hot minute to digest it, I’d like to share some of my thoughts, opinions, and (dare I say) suggestions for the franchise moving forward.

Hi, Wonder readers! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we certainly do have a lot to be thankful for in the Wonder World! Justice League debuted as the number one movie over the weekend, and it should be no surprise that many are reporting that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman steals the show, and the best scenes are the ones with her in them. (Duh!) Further proof and a reminder to DC that Wonder Woman is their new cash cow and arguably the most important property in the entire DC Universe. And you better treat her right!

Wonder Woman Meets the Bionic Woman, published by DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment, was one of the comics I was most looking forward to this past year - not to mention my entire life! When I was young, I worshiped Lynda Carter and Lindsay Wagner as Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman, respectively. I had both dolls based on the characters and created many a team-up adventures on my own. Granted, the plots of those adventures would probably be a little too “out there” for a mainstream comic book. Luckily, we have the pros on this one.

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