After helming Wonder Woman since the launch of the New 52, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang will be handing over the keys to DC’s premier heroine to Meredith and David Finch, with Meredith writing and her husband David providing the art. The shift in the creative team is part of an overall facelift for the title, with even the storylines changing as they veer away from the Greek myth-centric stories that Azzarello and Chiang told and instead start looking into Diana’s relationship with the Justice League and how it affects her duties with the Amazons.
While some fans are sad to see Azzarello and Chiang leave after a run of stories that seemed almost completely separate from the rest of the New 52 while doing a lot of things that many other titles didn’t, many fans are excited to see a woman step into a lead creative role on one of the most prominent heroines in comics. None, surely, are more excited than Meredith Finch herself, especially since this is her first major ongoing series job. Previously, her output has been limited to only three Zenescope published one-shots. Addressing what she can bring to the character, Finch said:
“It makes sense if you’re going to try to attract that female market that you appeal to them on every level — your writing demographic reflects the demographic of your readership. That’s one aspect of being a female writer I can bring to her. Women tend to react in a different way, and I can bring some of that reactionary (thinking), going from your heart sometimes more than from your head. I hope that between the two of us, we’ll be able to bring that balance so she’s got a really complex character as we go forward.”
While Meredith is brimming with excitement and eager to bring her touch to Wonder Woman, her husband David is already causing controversy. As part of a Comic Book Resources interview David stated that “We want her to be a strong — I don’t want to say feminist, but a strong character. Beautiful, but strong.”, which naturally perturbed some as they view Wonder Woman to be a feminist comic icon.
Those comments coupled with his history in the often over-sexualized pinup art community are making some question just how good a move this is on DC’s part. Though David did take to Twitter to apologize for the comments, saying he wants Wonder Woman to be “a human being, fallible and real”.
It is worth noting, however, that David also mentions that he’s not co-writing in any way, so Meredith will hopefully get to write the strong, feminine character that she’s so excited about and it will be interesting to see what someone with so few published comics to their name will do with a character as big and important as Wonder Woman.
What do you think? Are Meredith and David Finch up for the task despite this quick controversy?