It’s just not fair, you guys. All of the other female characters are getting cool costumes and rad creative teams and fun new directions, while Wonder Woman keeps getting the shaft. First, Meredith and Finch are returning after the “Convergence” event for a second arc, even though the book’s been straight up terrible since they took over. And not only that, today DC Comics revealed a new look for Wonder Woman at HitFix. This is the cover for June’s Wonder Woman #41:
This is pretty bad. But first, let’s find something positive to say about it. The gold is back! I definitely prefer gold with Wonder Woman’s outfit. The silver she’s been sporting since the New 52 relaunch is not my favourite. Gold suits her much better. So yeah, that’s a plus.
The rest is just awful. Let’s start at the top and work our way down. The tiara is the tiara; that bit’s okay. But what is up with that blue, high collared shirt situation? That is not a good look. And the weird shoulder pad things aren’t helping it look cooler. She’s not a football player.
The torso bit I don’t mind, because it’s a decent blend of the classic look and the new look, but I hate the weird bracelet swords. Wonder Woman doesn’t need weird bracelet swords. Her preferred fighting style should not be slicing people up. That’s why she has a lasso: To subdue people, not murder them.
Whatever’s going on in her crotch area with the dangling fabric and such is a mess. That is some wonky, unappealing design work. And then we’ve got pants just like the new shirt, so I guess Wonder Woman got a sweet deal on long underwear or something? Finally, her boots come up to mid-thigh now, which seems unnecessary. Especially when she’s got pants on. Also, super ugly.
All together, this is not a fun look. It’s a bizarre mishmash of old and new and random with some entirely ridiculous additions. Seriously, retractable swords? So stupid. At first I assumed that this look wasn’t going to stick, partly because it’s too terrible for anyone else to want to draw it, and partly because she’s got her usual costume on in Justice League #41. But then I saw the cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #18 by Paulo Siqueira, courtesy of Uproxx:
And yeah, it looks like it’s going to be a thing for a while. Also, why is Superman wearing a t-shirt again? He’s a superhero. He should dress accordingly.
Anyway, this all looks very stupid. And just cruel for long-suffering Wonder Woman fans, seeing as all of the other gals are getting cool new outfits. Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, Batgirl, Starfire. Everybody’s rocking awesome costumes now, while Wonder Woman just looks like a dope. I don’t even understand what the influence is here. It’s not Amazonian in the slightest, or god of war-like at all. Nothing about it suggests Wonder Woman or her mythos to me.
I’m not at all against Wonder Woman getting a new costume or updating her look, but this is just bland and weird fails to capture the character in any way. And it’s not exciting. Remember how when the new Batgirl costume was unveiled, fans instantaneously bought yellow Doc Marten boots in droves? No one’s going to go load up on dark blue long underwear and gold shoulder pads for this. It’s entirely uninspiring. I don’t understand how DC can get it right with the designs for so many other female characters and inspire such excitement, and then get it so wrong with Wonder Woman. She’s been around for 75 years; they should have a handle on how she works by now.