Upset About The Lack Of Adam Hughes’ All Star Wonder Woman? It Seems It’s All Before Watchmen’s Fault


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.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

6 thoughts on “Upset About The Lack Of Adam Hughes’ All Star Wonder Woman? It Seems It’s All Before Watchmen’s Fault

  1. lol, I bought every Before Watchmen book 😛 I never found it to be such bad idea, but then again I haven’t been into comic books as long as others have. Only recently got into it 2 years ago and I’ve been playing catch up ever since. Also, never was too much of a big fan of Watchmen. It’s a good book, but it’s very very flawed. I would never call it the best graphic novel of all time.

    Though I am pissed that we won’t be seeing All Star WW. The All Star comics haven’t been popular? What about Superman? Isn’t All Star Superman hailed as being the greatest Supes story ever told? Batman and Robin blew ass but we did get an instant classic out of it. Did All star Supes not sell well on its initial release?

    1. Yeah, I can see how if you don’t think that Watchmen is the best graphic novel of all time then you wouldn’t be too concerned about Before Watchmen. Watchmen is, however, the best graphic novel of all time 😉

      I remembered the All Star books doing fairly well, so I looked up the numbers and Batman finished around 100k and Superman finished in the 70k range. They seem like strong numbers to me!

  2. We will never get the All Star Wonder Woman, and even if DC were to solicit it I still wouldnt believe them. Its been far too long now in the making, and still nothing has happened, Im giving up hope.
    And with the new=look WW currently in the comics – blue boots, being a daughter of a God, and a multiple suporting cast, I dont think DC would risk their brand by putting out a pre-52 WW as we all remember her.
    Maybe years from now we might get a Hughes book with all his sketches for the never-seen book, and thatd be about it.

    1. Yeah, it seems dead forever now. I agree that the only hope is getting something down the road, maybe even Hughes taking another stab at a WW book after yet another reboot restores a more classic version of the character.

  3. There are still a buttload of unsold copies of BW at my LCS and I’ve heard numerous reports about stacks of unsold copies in comic shops all over this country.

    Lets try to be optimistic, guys. Maybe WW will get an All-Star book one day. She’ll just have to share it with Superman. 😉

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