Every Monday until Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine comes out this April, we’re taking a look at a comic panel that captures a key moment in Wonder Woman’s history and highlights an important point from each chapter.
For our final preview panel before the book comes out TOMORROW, we’re taking a look at Wonder Woman in the Modern Age. There were good moments for Wonder Woman over the past 25 years, including George Perez’s relaunch, and strong runs by creators like Phil Jimenez, Greg Rucka, and Gail Simone, but in the wider comics universe Wonder Woman sort of faded into the background. She’s had one monthly book while other heroes have starred in several, and her role has been limited.
When Wonder Woman did come to the fore, it often didn’t go well. Case in point, Infinite Crisis #1 from December 2005, the first issue of one of DC’s biggest event series. The book began with Batman and Superman teaming up to blast Wonder Woman:
In the events leading up to Infinite Crisis, Batman’s spy satellite was taken over and controlled hundreds of thousands of people, turning them into destructive OMAC robots, while Superman was mind-controlled and went on a violent rampage. Wonder Woman killed the man behind both events, Max Lord, when he said that his death was the only way to free Superman from his control. As Infinite Crisis began, the world was justifiably frightened by everything that happened, and Superman and Batman were trying to pin all of the fault on Wonder Woman. They, and all of the other DC heroes, were furious at Wonder Woman for an entirely justified execution, and Wonder Woman became the scapegoat for the public fear and panic that followed ALL of their mistakes.
To read more, you’ll have to buy Wonder Woman Unbound tomorrow! It’s available for pre-order online, and in bookstores tomorrow. It doesn’t look like it will be in comic shops until next week, so keep your eyes peeled!