In honor of Wonder Woman’s solo film debut this weekend, DC has proclaimed Saturday, June 3rd Wonder Woman Day. Created 76 years ago by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter as both a superheroine and symbol for women’s equality, Diana has had an eventful history. Her legacy is a rich one, which the staff of Nothing But Comics have often revisited. So, for those wishing to delve deeper into Wonder Woman and what she represents, here is a selection of writings from Nothing But Comics on the adventures of the Princess of Themyscira.
By Jill Thompson
In honor of Wonder Woman’s 75th Anniversary, DC has been returning to the character’s roots. Literally. Over the course of the past year, fans have been given multiple retellings of Wonder Woman’s origin. There was Grant Morrison and Yanick Parquette’s long delayed Earth One graphic novel and Renee DeLiz and Ray Dillon’s digital series Legend of Wonder Woman. This summer Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott also begin revisiting Wonder Woman’s backstory for DC’s Rebirth initiative. Yet, while all these projects had good intentions the results were more on the mixed side. In addition, their release within a relatively short period of time begged the question of just how many times readers needed to see poor Steve Trevor crash into Paradise Island? To be fair, how Rucka and Soctt handled this moment was one of the highlights of their run. Still the idea of watching it again so soon was growing as appealing as another illustration of Thomas and Martha Wayne being gunned down in Crime Alley. Yet, on Wednesday DC released another take on Diana’s earliest days, an original graphic novel Wonder Woman: The True Amazon. The good news is that writer/artist Jill Thompson avoids many of the familiar set pieces readers have come to expect from a Wonder Woman origin. This is not a tale of an Amazon learning to comprehend the external world of men, but of a woman taking stock of her interior self. As such, Thompson presents a young, inexperienced Diana which is in many ways a sharp departure from tradition. However, by doing so she locates a novel and poignant expression for the essence of Wonder Woman’s character.