The Best and Worst of Wonder Woman

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Most Thrown-Together Production of WW:
RetroActive 1970s

(September 2011)

a cartoonish DianaJust a few weeks before the issue mentioned on the previous page, DC published this as part of the "RetroActive" series that several titles received.

Denny O'Neil was drafted to do the script. O'Neil has always apologized for the Mod era for some strange reason. The Mod era was, if not the best, one of Wondie's best!

With both Sekowsky and Giordano gone, DC hired J. Bone to do the art. While J. Bone does very fine in his usual cartoony world, it's questionable why he was chosen for this project, unless it fit in with DC's general disdain for the era. As you can see, Bone's Diana was cartoony, mis-proportioned, and he didn't even get her signature hair right.

Even the colors bore no relation to the era being "saluted."

The story begins with a post-Mod era, fully-powered Wonder Woman parachuting from a rented plane to get to Paradise Island.


Suddenly she finds herself powerless and Mod again. She faces three trials (as 50s-era WW stories often did, but this is a 70s retrospective), but we only see two of them, and they are stupid indeed.

Meanwhile, a brown-haired Hippolyta watches. At least she wears the traditional ice cream cones in her hair. And an aged Amazon serves as the queen's scientific assistant. Aged Amazon?

Together, the story and art seemed like someone had thrown it together and that perhaps a few people along the way hadn't taken their proper medications. Or as one friend put it, "O'Neil has never gotten Wonder Woman, has he?"

DC's respect and care for Wonder Woman really shows in this dismal, insulting issue.

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