August '06So DC plans this big reboot of Wondie and – ta dah! – Donna takes Diana's place while Diana's off doing her One Year Mope (for whatever reason). New numbering was established and a new writer heralded (ouch!) and it was very razzle-dazzle... if the issues ever came out, which they did on rare occasion.

The story gave Donna a chance to show what a loser she is. She quickly got captured by the bad guys and for most of the rest of the arc Giganta wore her as a pendant on a necklace. Poor Donna! A part of someone ELSE's costume in her own costume index!

It wasn't her fault. After all during this comic-book time, Donna was simultaneously leading a team to save the universe at the heart of the cosmos. Two places at once – how is that accomplished, you might ask? Save your questions; the modern DC has no continuity!

At least this version couldn't come with the Wondie Suit Curse, since it's not the real Wondie Suit. Donna'd already died because of that once!

On this sparkly version Donna's skirt always modestly stayed in place, even when she was hanging upside-down. I could swear that I saw a panel once that showed a star-spangled brief underneath, but darned if I can find that now. Perhaps I dreamed it, but don't my dreams have better things to work on?

When Heinberg finally got around to producing his part of the final part of this grand Wonder Woman "rebirth," Donna teamed up with her big sis... wearing her red longjohns! "It seemed appropriate," she tells Diana. But say—isn't that a magic lasso? She hasn't had one of those since her pre-Troia days, though she'd get a new one in a few months over in Countdown. And didn't Donna give the longjohns to Cassie S. years ago?

Note the Modern Era-appropriate seams. And the fact that Donna has again parted her hair on the wrong side. (She remembered the correct side for the story's final panel.) (She also quickly changed back to her cut-to-the-belly-button starfield outfit for appearances in other comics.)

Teen Titans Go

 

Teen Titans Go! was an insipid little TV cartoon series that in my experience only the very, VERY young could appreciate. It was done in a brainless manga-kinda style and I got mad at it early on not only for its stupidity but because it didn't have any Wonders on it. But isn't the world better if the Wonders don't participate in stupidity?

The comic version was better and eventually they got around to putting Donna in. In a (choke) dress. Why, DC, why??? A while later Cassie debuted in the comic, but she got to wear jeans.

Kid Flash and is that Aqualad? are getting quite a view here, aren't they? (choke again)

FLYING/GYMNASTIC HEROES SHOULD NEVER WEAR SKIRTS THAT DO NOT HAVE TIGHTS OR PANTS UNDER THEM!

In the mother title Diana got back to her proper job and Donna (off on that other important mission that was 52) came back so she could take part in just-as-important Countdown. (Can anyone explain to me exactly WHAT was accomplished in either book? Besides grabbing as much reader money as possible, that is?)

During this time my fears about Donna's disco hooker outfit were realized. Almost any time a heroine gets a V-neck outfit in this modern era, many artists (and editors) take it as an excuse for some T&A. So here I present a tribute to Donna's misused neckline:

the Boobathon!

2008 tradeThat's enough evil fun, and shame on us!

Except that I just found the cover for the trade paperback and guess what? Donna's boobs are top center. Woo hoo!

Please note that the back of Donna's costume varied a LOT. Sometimes she had a full back to the costume, sometimes half a back – sometimes that half-back had spaghetti straps – and sometimes the outfit had NO back. We're talking above the belt here, so get those minds out of the gutter! Playtime's over!

Countdown June '07During the early days of Countdown there was a strange thing that wasn't a costume variant, but was part of the Donna ambiance: She left a black star-trail behind her. When working at her Orb after 52 she once had some black star-vapors around her as well, though she wasn't moving at all. Perhaps she'd merely eaten recently at Taco Whiz?

World War III, June '07A mini-series that was greeted with almost universal dismissal was World War III, in which DC forgot that it had already staged a WWIII, and now felt it had to deal with Black Adam on a rampage, as 52 had been developing for, well, 52 very long issues. Very long. It was a case of writer manipulation of characters to suit the plot, as so many modern stories are, instead of plotting to best suit the characters.

Whine, whine. At least Donna got very little panel time in this. At the time she was serving as Wonder Woman, which makes her relative absence strange, though not as strange as Diana's from this worldwide conflagration. BUT anyway...

The cover of issue 2 had Donna dressed up like this. No, she never appears ANYWHERE else like this. In an interview the artist (as I recall) just shrugged it off and said it was an idea he was playing with.

Apparently no one told him that you just don't do that with recognizable comics characters. Can you imagine putting Superman in a different outfit just because you felt like it? And having an editor approve? Sigh. Still, it's a nifty costume if too WW-derivative for Donna, imho.

Countdown Jan. '08Long about the time Donna and her useless gang visited Earth-51 during Countdown, she encountered an eeevil version of herself operating as the Wonder Woman of that world. Apparently doppelganger had murdered Diana-51 for the reason that (insert reason here; I dozed off). At any rate, Donna eventually defeated her eeevil double and then disguised herself as her to face off against some villainness wizard. Needless to say, eventually Donna disengaged herself from the awful Countdown and returned to Earth-whatever we're calling it now, but remember: she is still in possession of the magic lasso she captured! So why isn't she using it? (Notice that the lasso is used as the belt in this version.)
Teen Titans "Lost" Annual, March 08

 

After years of postponement, the "Lost" Teen Titans Annual finally appeared, with an anachronistic script by original TT writer, Bob Haney. In the story our Donna pretty much betrays an alien race and her friends over the love of a guy. Sigh.

That's her sublime cover shot by the genius Nick Cardy (Cardy! Cardy! Cardy!) on the left, and the interior art by Jay Stephens and Mike Allred is on the right.

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