This week sees the release of the first collected print edition of the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman '77 digital series, based on the '70s television series. So, I thought it would be the perfect subject for the first week of Wonder Woman Wednesday.
When DC announced Wonder Woman '77, it was the fantasy I had dreamed of come true. After all, the TV show was my first introduction to Wonder Woman, and Lynda Carter my first gay boy crush. (A gay Wonder Woman fan? I know, not exactly a spoiler, eh?) I was as nervous as I was excited. Sure, DC had a hit on their hands with the similar Batman '66 based on the '60s Batman camp fest, but this was Wonder Woman. It has to be perfect!
I needn't have worried. Under the watchful eye of editor Jim Chadwick, we have writer Marc Andreyko who has proven more than capable of writing strong, thoughtful female leads with Manhunter and Batwoman. Andreyko captures the essence of the show with a wink and a nod to the camp without being too over-the-top ridiculous. I did chuckle a little when Diana Prince had to explain to Steve Trevor that she was caught in a broom closet while Wonder Woman saved the day. You can see the love and care the writer has for the character. I also like how he cleverly blends the show with WW mythos, introducing characters from the comicverse as they may have appeared in the television series. Keep up the good work.
Wonder Woman '77 also features an array of amazing artists. The cover by Nicola Scott is nothing short of breathtaking, perfectly capturing the essence of Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman. Jeff Johnson, Matt Hayley, and Jason Badower do an impressive job on the art, although I'm not a big fan of multiple artists in such a short period of time. Especially noteworthy is Badower who really nails the likeness of Carter's beauty. And, props to colorist Romulo Fajardo, Jr. for his beautiful style and palette.
All in all, a fun book that gives us the campy nostalgia of the TV show mixed with a new entertaining flair. (I mean, what other book has their heroine duking it out with a deranged disco diva at DC's version of Studio 54?!) I look forward to seeing where the series goes . . . and if I can get in on the action myself. (Hey, a boy can dream.)
Check out Wonder Woman '77 and check back next week for the next installment of Wonder Woman Wednesday!