Wonder Woman Wednesday

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One of the best parts of the success of Wonder Woman’s comic for DC Comics' popular “Rebirth” event was watching artist Liam Sharp’s own rebirth as a mainstream superhero comic artist. I first encountered Liam’s art during a brief, but memorable, run on the Hulk alongside writer Peter David and inker Robin Riggs back in the day. I really liked Liam’s art and was sad to see his run so short lived. I would love to see him return to the character.  After that, I kind of lost track of Liam’s career, as he went on to start his own comic publishing platform, Madefire. 

After such a solid relaunch, Wonder Woman’s monthly title has suffered since the departure of her initial creative team. I know that Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Nicola Scott set the bar very high, but not too high to match and keep the momentum going. A bevy of rotating artists and disappointing storylines have left fans a little cold, and this shouldn’t be the case.

So, where is it? Where is Wonder Woman’s animated series? We’ve had several Batman and Superman cartoons. Batman: The Animated Series was such a game changer as far as superhero cartoons are concerned. I think it’s safe to say that the series did for cartoons what Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns did for comics. Clearly, that paved the way for Superman Adventures and several iterations of Justice League cartoons. But, where is the Wonder Woman solo animated series?

I have a tendency to obsess over Wonder Woman’s costume, because I love the Lynda Carter version and, of course, the George Perez revamp. I think nostalgia plays a lot into it.  But then, I saw the movie version, and, of course, I loved it and it looked awesome and more practical. I think it’s interesting that the original costume was created by a male feminist of the time, as it still fell prey to many of the trappings of what a man thinks a woman should be. It gets tricky, though, because some women love their, bras, and heels and make up. Is that wrong? I think a woman should do whatever the hell she wants to do.

With the Oscar nominations having been announced this week, it was a major upset to see the groundbreaking, box office-shaking, no-name-taking silver screen debut of history’s greatest super heroine, Wonder Woman, snubbed by the Academy. Yes, the Oscars have usually shied away from comic book material based upon superheroes. Indie comic adaptations seem to stand a better chance. The exception, of course, being Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. I think there was no way that wasn’t going to happen. It was a major performance for any character, culled from any source material.  

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.

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