The Mary Sue has put up a five page preview of the first of two Wonder Woman Villain Month titles, the awkwardly titled Wonder Woman #23.1 The Cheetah. First off, I like when The Mary Sue gets previews; it’s smart of DC to reach out to the female fanbase. I’m still annoyed about the time Maxim had a Wonder Woman preview, so this is nice to see. Second, let’s look at the preview:
Instead of the usual team of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, we’ve got John Ostrander and Victor Ibanez. I’m curious to see how that goes because not a lot of people have had a chance to write Wonder Woman in the New 52 universe. It’s been primarily Azzarello and Geoff Johns on Justice League, so it’ll be interesting to see someone else tackle her.
While the majority of the pages we have here are set in the present, I’m guessing that ultimately the book will be more flashback heavy and flesh out Barbara Minerva’s relationship with Wonder Woman and her transformation into the Cheetah. We saw hints of that in the short Cheetah story back in Justice League #13 and #14, but there’s room to explore there. Hopefully there’s more to the feud than Wonder Woman laughing at Barbara’s poor grasp of Amazon culture, though that would be a hilarious reason for turning into a super villain. Also, Wonder Woman’s in no place to criticize people’s knowledge of Amazons ways; she didn’t even know they were rapists and murderers.
Look for Wonder Woman #23.1 The Cheetah this Wednesday in comic shops everywhere, or digitally if that’s your scene.