Before the Earth One books, All Star was the designation for alternate takes on our favourite heroes. We got All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder by Frank Miller and Jim Lee starting in 2005 and then shipping ridiculously late with 10 issues over the next 3 years, and then All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely starting in 2006. There were rumours of future All Star series, like an All Star Batgirl by Geoff Johns and J.G. Jones, but if I recall correctly the only other officially announced title was All Star Wonder Woman, written and drawn by Wonder Woman cover artist extraordinaire, Adam Hughes.
Then it never happened. We’d get sporadic updates that it was being worked on and coming along, but now 7 years later it hasn’t seen print and the All Star line has been dead for some time. So what killed the book?
According to Bleeding Cool, it was DC’s lack of interest in more All Star books and their undying passion to make Before Watchmen happen. Adam Hughes’ partner Allison Sohn posted in the Bleeding Cool forums:
All-Star was not as successful a series of titles as they’d hoped, and they suggested Adam replace All-Star Wonder Woman in his exclusive contract with Before Watchmen. This was 2 or 3 years before Before Watchmen was announced. There’s so much of this stuff that goes on behind the scenes that we never talk about, and in fact often can’t talk about. In my brief experience being involved in comics, I’ve found that whatever something looks like on the surface (in comics, at least) it’s never, ever that simple.
This is yet another reason that Before Watchmen is one of the worst things to happen to comics. Yeah, that’s a bit of hyperbole, but All Star Wonder Woman would have been such a lovely book! DC pulled Hughes off All Star Wonder Woman ages ago in anticipation of eventually putting him on a Before Watchmen book years down the road because if there’s two things DC loves to do it’s ignoring Wonder Woman and infuriating Alan Moore. And now with Wonder Woman: Earth One on the horizon, it seems extremely unlikely that we’ll see Adam Hughes on any kind of Wonder Woman book in the near future.
Oh well. Even if DC did announce Hughes on a new Wonder Woman book, they’d just cancel it and put him on Before V For Vendetta or something.