This piece of news hit the comic book world like an adamantium brick – Wonder Woman is getting a new costume AND origin.
DC Comics announced today that Wonder Woman will be getting an updated costume for the 21st century designed by artist (and DC Comics co-publisher) Jim Lee. The changes kicks off in this week’s Wonder Woman #600, where writer J. Michael Straczynski will introduce a world rewritten by the Gods, leading to a new origin and new outfit to the Amazonian princess.
According to the DC Comics official blog, The Source, Wonder Woman’s world will change suddenly in a very profound way.
The Gods, for reasons of their own but which may have something to with their survival and perhaps the survival of Earth itself, have changed the timeline. In the new timeline, years ago the Gods removed their protection from Paradise Island, and left it vulnerable to attack. And attacked it was. Led by a dark figure, a veritable army descended upon the Island, equipped with weapons that could kill even the Amazons. Outgunned, doomed, Hippolyta gave over her three-year-old daughter to a handful of guardians who spirited her away as Hippolyta led one last desperate battle against the forces that had come to destroy all she had created. In that final battle, she and most of the Amazons were killed, though some managed to escape.
It’s now nearly twenty years later. Diana has been raised in an urban setting, but with a foot in both worlds. She has little or no memory of the other timeline. She knows only what she’s been told by those who raised her On the run, hunted, she must try to survive, help the other refugee Amazons escape the army that is still after them, discover who destroyed Paradise Island and why…and if the timeline can be corrected or not. She also does not yet have access to her full powers, but will be gaining them as she goes. Along the way, she will face a range of enemies — human and otherwise — who we have not seen before.
This is the first real significant change in the Wonder Woman costume since she was introduced back in the 1940’s, and some fans have not taken kindly to this change. According to the site Newsarama, which has been holding a poll since the news broke, over 60 per cent of people are not happy with the change in costume. You can read the full article and vote in the poll here.
Personally, I am a fan of the traditional Wonder Woman costume, and I hope that this new one will not last that long. She’s become an icon, and you just don’t mess with a classic.
Check out pictures of the new and old costume below the jump, and judge for yourselves.