After a wildly successful and groundbreaking 3-year run on Wonder Woman by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang, DC has passed the creative reigns over to superstar artist and co-writer David Finch alongside his co-writer wife and relative newcomer Meredith Finch. I was lucky enough to chat with Meredith about her run on WW and what Diana means as a character in the following interview.
Michael Fitzgerald Troy: Congratulations on your new gig as co-writer on Wonder Woman, alongside superstar artist (and your hubby) David Finch. Can you tell us how the two of you became involved in the project?
Meredith Finch: Thank you. David was looking at a couple of different options as Forever Evil was wrapping up and when the possibility of working on Wonder Woman came up, he couldn’t get it out of his head. I had just recently approached DC about some writing work and, to my great surprise, was offered the opportunity to pitch a Wonder Woman story.
MFT: How is it working with your spouse? Can you tell us a little about the creative process?
MF: Working with David on this book has been even better than I could have predicted. I think because we had worked together prior to this, with me filling the role of manager and career organizer, we had already established a pattern and boundaries that worked for us.
MFT: What can we expect from the “Finch-era” Wonder Woman?
MF: First and foremost, you can expect to see some incredible artwork. The synergy between everyone on the creative team from David to Rich friend to Sonia Oback . . . I can’t say enough about what an amazing experience fans are in for. From a story point of view, I really want to explore how Diana’s new position as God of War will impact her and the people she cares about.
MFT: We’ve seen from David’s beautiful preview pencils that Swamp Thing makes an appearance. Can we expect to see any of Diana’s usual suspects, such as Cheetah?
MF: Because we have crafted this story as a continuation of what Brian had already established, it has been a bit of a challenge to incorporate all of the rogues gallery people would like to see in the book. I can say that we are going to be introducing a familiar character in very unfamiliar way.
MFT: Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s tenure on the book really shook up the status quo. How do you feel about the big change in Diana’s origin?
MF: I love that DC is brave enough to allow creators to take characters in new and unconventional directions. I think it makes comics more approachable for new fans, because they don’t need to have 50 years of back history to understand current continuity.
MFT: Many people have a special spot in their hearts for Wonder Woman (myself included). What is your prior relationship to Diana before taking this assignment?
MF: As a mother of three boys, to say my literary interests have taken a back seat to Dr. Seuss would be an understatement. Prior to my research for this book, Lynda Carter was my Wonder Woman. Her interpretation of the character had such a powerful message of strength and empowerment to young girls in the ’70s, and, at the same time, she really had an innocence to her that I love.
MFT: DC has made recent headlines by actively seeking a female director for the proposed film. Do you feel a different responsibility as a woman writing Wonder Woman?
MT: I don’t know that I can say that I do. My priority is to always write a great story and put out something that I can be proud of, whether I’m writing Wonder Woman for DC or Tales of Terror from Zenescope.
MFT: Lastly, are there any other DC characters you would like to tackle after Wonder Woman?
MF: Wow! DC has such a great cast of heroes and villains. I really love what Babs Tarr is doing with Bargirl. She brings so much fan and energy to the character through her artwork. You can tell I live with an artist, because in our house it’s always about the artwork first. Ultimately, because I’m still getting to know Wonder Woman, I’m trying not to look too far into the future and instead just focus on what I want to accomplish with Diana.
Check out Meredith and David Finch’s debut, Wonder Woman #36, on sale now!