March '09

at left The latest version of the Chicken. When Diana, Donna and Cassie showed up to fight Genocide in WW #28, they all had their own version of the armor. Diana's was gold; Donna's, silver; Cassie's, bronze.

Note that Diana wears a Gauntlet of Atlas, as Genocide had injured her badly in the previous ish. Diana does not wear her lasso because at the time Genocide had had it sewn inside herself.

May '09 at left Luckily, Genocide's attack did away with the Chicken forever (we can hope), yet left Diana still modestly covered. I suppose we can say that only the feathers burned off.

Note that under the Chicken Hat Diana's tiara had no upper point. That makes sense, in that the point might get caught on the Chicken Beak or something and interfere with... well, nothing about the Chicken made much sense, so there's no reason for this to either.

But...

Blasphemy!

 

Even when Diana changed back into her regular uniform, the upper point was still gone!!!

This is something WE CANNOT ABIDE!!!

 

DO YOU HEAR US, DC???

The tiara has at the very least one point which MUST point up. Otherwise it is NOT a tiara!!!

!!!

Donna Wonder, July '09

 

at right Superman/Batman #60 brought us yet another parallel universe, this one having JLA and Teen Titans members combined. Here we ran into "Donna Wonder," probably one of the all-time goofiest hero names, whose civilian ID was Diana Troy.

Silver Age redux

 







at left In Blackest Night #0 we got a flashback of WW in which she's in sorta Silver Age/TV combo mode. Note the SA tiara, the hot pants (see? hot pants work well)...and silver bracelets with red stars embedded in them. Sorry, folks, but WW never wore stars on her bracelets in the comics.

cover of WW #33at right Here we are at WW #33. We have the Granny Panties, which are a relief after all the Wonder Thongs we've had to endure (but not nearly as sexy as the hot pants above), the upside-down (sign of distress?) tiara, Kane's banner no longer on Diana's arm (Zeus ripped it off), and the boots with a point in the BACK have finally settled down to stay. Yes, they're pointed just like movie jesters'. The boot design looks like it would be annoying. I mean, every time she bends a knee, that's got to hit her, right? The Dodsons introduced them on their covers (#13, I think) though they didn't show up on the interior stories until issue #18.

 

A very cartoony but fairly correct Wondieat right During the summer of 2009, DC published a newspaper-sized weekly called Wednesday Comics and composed of one-page installments of various DC heroes. One of these was Wonder Woman, and DC gave her to the artistic genius, Ben Caldwell, to write, draw, and generally create. The story involved her, just having been proclaimed Amazon champion but before officially coming to the Outer World, trying to gather various aspects of her costume. Here's Diana toward the end, once she's gotten everything.

JLA 80-page giant: Wondie as a pirate

 

 

at left Justice League of America 80-Page Giant #1 had the various members scattered in time. Diana wound up in the year 1574. Searching for her fellow JLAers (she only found Steel), she scrounged up a ship's crew of women: prostitutes, the homeless, and thieves (while ignoring the benefits of also hiring skilled people who would actually aid in her search, though they might include—gasp—men), and "gave these downtrodden souls a purpose and hope." Unfortunately she didn't give them proper clothing because most of them are barely covered with rags, displaying their ample charms to the readers. Diana must have suffered terribly, for you can see she's lost a lot of weight. Why, that must be a 12-inch waist, even including the hunk of metal belt she wears!

 

Diana in regular regalia

 

 

at left Here's a placeholder of where we stand, as Nicola Scott took over the art reins of the book and was unfortunately kept from much of her expected work when her mother passed away. This is the cover shot to WW #41, which doesn't show Nicola's take on the bracelets, with ridges on the ends. The double-pointed tiara is back!

 

 

Diana in black

 

at right DC concentrated on its Green Lantern franchise for several years, including publishing a miniseries called Blackest Night, in which heroes who had died at one time or another now became zombies. Here's Diana in full killer glory, including eeevil lasso.

Wondie as a Star Sapphire, in a pink bikini

 

 

 

at left But wait! Batman smooched her, and Diana transformed into a Star Sapphire, a being of loooove. Men weren't allowed to be Sapphires because no man with half a brain would be caught in that outfit, and besides, men aren't capable of love! Or at least that's what we gleaned from the story.

 

Diana in a White Lantern suit

 

at right And just when you thought your dollars were safe, DC sprung an extremely short-lived (how many panels?) group of White Lantern heroes at us. They did... something. I forget. But by golly, there'll probably be a toy or dozen made from the sequence.

a cartoonish Wondie in a skirt and lace-up sandals

 

 

at left On a lighter note, Batman: the Brave and the Bold #16 guest-starred Wonder Woman for its kiddie tale. Don't know why the artist had to picture both Diana and Donna in skirts. Are shorts or briefs too racy for kids? Do kids not know these are females unless they're wearing skirts? I think it's a conspiracy.

 

 




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