Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

DC Comics Starves Wonder Woman, Then Drags Her To Hot Topic

hot topic is the way that we rhymeDC Comics has given Wonder Woman a makeover just in time for her 69th birthday, and a storyline in which Wonder Woman is out to avenge the destruction of Paradise Island. So the overall vibe given off by her is darker, more serious, "designed to be taken seriously as a warrior" — not to mention, more ready to be franchised into a tie-in clothing line for similarly disaffected female fans. (Think American Apparel, not Underoos.) After the jump, a side-by-side comparison of the old Wonder Woman costume and the new one.


The Times quotes Wonder Woman redesigner Jim Lee as saying that he wanted her to look stronger "without screaming, 'I'm a superhero.' " All well and good, and it's nice that her hair got toned down a bit, but doesn't "stronger" also mean that the woman would have something resembling muscle tone?

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I wouldn't throw either of them out of my invisible plane, but Lynda Carter's still the pilot.

O Captain! My Captain!

BadUncle (#153)

Still, Lynda Carter has the Lariat of Truth, while the new one looks to carry the Ball Gag of MMmphmhph.

gregorg (#30)

And she's only 59, not 69. And didn't Dana Vachon just spot her at a wedding? Yes.

The memory of Lynda Carter singing and dancing to "Rubber Band Man" from her variety special in the 70s is one of the highpoints of my 70s childhood. That, and Land of the Lost.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

If instead of the choker she had like a chunky H&M necklace I think this would be kind of perfect, though I guess I don't know why, exactly. She looks a little more ready to kick ass?

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

Also, it looks like she's done a lot of yoga. Does doing yoga make you able to kick ass? I don't really understand yoga, I just know if I try to do it I fart and fall down.

jrb (#3,020)

Know what you mean, re: "looks a little more ready to kick ass."

The one on the left looks like she can throw a punch. The one on the right looks like she can throw a knife.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Camille Paglia warned us about the prevalence of "The Yoga Look", now didn't she. "Desexualized, Sterile Athleticism"

Bittersweet (#765)

I know Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman was my childhood hero. I was Wonder Woman for Halloween at age 5. And you, skinny hipster goth chick on the right, are no Wonder Woman.

semiserious (#2,430)

Could you imagine if comic artists actually had to follow fashion?

"Yeah, this a little too three-seasons ago Givenchy. Maybe check out Lanvin Resort, there's this little slouchy top/pencil skirt combo that might look divine. And no, I know you're thinking it too. That McQueen. I know, I know, I wish we could, but I'm pretty sure Mystique wore it in last months X-Men."

semiserious (#2,430)

Come to think of it though, Mystique is the kind of girl who would only wear Alaia.

@semiserious: Well, the Met's Costume Institute went with Mystique as Thierry Mugler when they did their "Superheroes" show last year, which seems reasonable enough.

Still, Mystique would be all about Hervé Legér, no?

jetztinberlin (#392)

I concur. La nouvelle looks like a waif. (I had the Underoos)

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Don't panic, folks. Musculature varies mainly from artist to artist. The costume change is just that: a change in the clothes she's wearing. I don't mind the new outfit at all – frankly I think the pants/boots are badass. (The jacket is a little too <a href=""90s Rogue, granted.)

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)


90s Rogue

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)


Matt (#26)

Everyone knows the only acceptable Wonder Woman redesign is the I Ching, weirdly Diana Rigg by way of Mary Tyler Moore late '60s deal. (Via nostalgia.)

Matt (#26)

Also? May I say? That first bit of alt-text is sort of making me writhe around on the floor in delight just a little bit. You know?

brent_cox (#40)

Was that the white jump suit phase she went through?

jolie (#16)

I see muscle tone and certainly don't think that new Wonder Woman looks emaciated. With the exception of her teeny tiny little head I think you're reaching here.

Sorry, maybe I should just go ride the Amtrak?

TableNine (#1,104)

I know. Anyway it's hard to tell with the baggy jacket. Also, I don't remember WW looking so much like the greek she-hulk on the left when I was a kid.

saythatscool (#101)

I think a dated a greek she-hulk once. She could milk a goat quicker than you could say retina. Good times, T-9. Good times.

saythatscool (#101)



BadUncle (#153)

It must have been an epic battle with the pink cyclops.

garge (#736)

I, for one, am happy to have a superhero role model for pear-shaped people everywhere.

Crantastical (#4,127)

Thank you! I just wish she had been around during my teen years.

Mark Foo (#5,799)

"Like, omigod, I just found the CUTEST jacket and it TOTALLY goes with my blue pants and they also had these weird little stirrup thingies for my boots and these GIANT bracelets, y'know!? Totes ma goats, I'ma look so STREET no one's gonna mess with me!!!"

Chris (#5,644)

Cartoons are real!

She looks like a goth Snow White. For a second, I thought she might have an apple in her hand.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Like I need the shit kicked out of me by Leah Lezark.

saythatscool (#101)

Princess Coldstare has no time to hit anybody. She's too busy negotiating her deal to become Smirnoff ICE's new gapemodel.

Art Yucko (#1,321)


jrb (#3,020)

When I saw that this was to commemorate her 69th birthday, I thought of Bill and Ted.

G Garcia-Fenech (#4,190)

Fuck that, I'm still obsessed the Supergirl movie starring Helen Slater.

Crantastical (#4,127)

Why does the new version look so stuck in the 90s? I haven't seen chokers in 4-EVA.

Also, anybody remember Aeon Flux (alternate question: anybody watch tv during the day)?

I think it's the spiderleggy hair that makes the new one a bit Aeon Flux. Just give her a dozen extra lumbar vertebrae and you're halfway there.

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)

HA. Just bought a choker. Planning to wear the SHIT out of it. Also, Aeon Flux was amazing. Something so Wendie Malick about her.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Didn't we do the whole "darker, more serious" thing in the 1990s, resulting in much laughter and derision in the aughts? Has the carousel come back around this quickly?

I can't get past the jeggings.

City_Dater (#2,500)


While it is good to see her dressing for ass-kicking in something a little more protective than her "Cyd Charisse on the 4th of July" retro swimsuit, I am inclined to agree.

Vulpes (#946)


kneetoe (#1,881)

The wrist thingys that block bullets? I just don't think those'll cut it any more (if they ever did).

Tablefornone (#3,264)

But now she can't fight for her rights/in her satin tights!

keisertroll (#1,117)

Lady Deadpool better be JACKED.

216by773 (#5,803)

Why do comic artists insist on designing Male and Female outfits like "The Crow" circa-1992? When I think of ass-kicking ladies, my mind goes more to athletic types and outdoor gear than supermodels with shoulder-pad jackets. Any of these ladies would drop the new WW (and maybe the old one) like a pile of bricks:

Bunx05 (#1,625)

It's all in the way the artist depicts her. the pic on the left just happens to accentuate her muscles and body better. Take a look at Wonder Woman in the comics for the past 20 years. Her boobs get bigger, her waist gets tinier, and most of the time, her bathing suit is almost imperceptible. I, for one, am glad she has on pants. As much as I love the female form, it's hard to take Diana seriously as a strong amazonian warrior who goes into battle with knee high boots and no pants. I think other artists will make her look more athletic and strong. Maybe they could lose the chunky jacket (total rip-off of mid 90's Wonder Girl, by the way), and put the little stars on the hips of the pants. And maybe make the bracelets more like ancient Grecian bracers.

Crap … My comic nerd is hanging out.

Bunx05 (#1,625)

UPDATE: I tucked it back in.

Mary HK Choi (#1,469)

This bish look like Namor.

Tricia (#5,734)

The reason she ran around in something that looked like a bathing suit was that it was UNDER her clothes for fast change f/x. Like superman, but cooler, with a golden lasso and those brilliant cuffs. The new one is blah.

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