It’s going to be an interesting autumn for Wonder Woman fans, with two new graphic novels starring the Amazing Amazons hitting the shelves. The first is Wonder Woman: The Very Selfish Princess by Jill Thompson. Here is the book’s synopsis:
WONDER WOMAN: THE VERY SELFISH PRINCESS is Jill Thompson’s storybook style reimagining of the early years of the Amazon Princess Diana, who would grow up to become Wonder Woman. This fully painted graphic novel is unlike any Wonder Woman tale you have ever read, told as only Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Thomspon could. When young Diana has the fawning attention of a nation, she soon grows spoiled. But a series of tragic events take their toll, and Diana must learn to grow up, take responsibility, and seize her destiny.
Steeped in the mythology of this iconic character’s original conception, WONDER WOMAN: THE VERY SELFISH PRINCESS is designed to appeal to a wide range of readers. It’s a fresh, stand alone interpretation of the most famous and iconic female super-hero of all time and the fulfillment of a dream project by one of contemporary comics’ most acclaimed creators.
So this sounds pretty rad. Thompson was an artist on Wonder Woman during the George Perez years, and is very familiar with the character. I love the idea of a painted, storybook style take on Diana’s early years, too. I’ve always thought that DC would be smart to play up the princess angle of Wonder Woman for younger readers, and it looks like they’re doing that here.
It looks like the book will be released in twelve digital installments first, probably sometime in the summer, and then collected in book form. It should be a lot of fun and I’m curious to see how Thompson reinvents Wonder Woman. The book will be gorgeous, for sure, so that will be an excellent time. Amazon has it listed for September 8, but it’ll probably be out in comic shops before then.
The other new Wonder Woman graphic novel coming this fall is the long awaited Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette. I’ve expressed my trepidation about this book on several occasions, and nothing I’ve heard about it in the several years since this book was announced have eased my concerns. In all of the interviews I’ve read, Morrison seems far too wrapped up in the sexual bondage elements of the original Wonder Woman, and is perhaps missing the feminist forest for the bondage trees, if that makes any sense at all. The bondage element of Wonder Woman is a fascinating aspect of her past, but not what I’d consider the best starting point to reinvent her for the 21st century. Plus it’s a Morrison book and he tends to blow everything up and leave beloved mythos in tatters that barely resemble their former selves, so I’m not looking forward to Wonder Woman getting that sort of treatment. The Amazon synopsis reads:
Critically acclaimed, best-selling writer Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Batman, Inc.) once again pushes the boundaries of the graphic novel page in his mind-bending new take on the most powerful woman in the DC Universe. With stunning art by Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing), Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1 is an easily accessible jumping on point for new readers.
“Pushes the boundaries of the graphic novel page”? Come on. I don’t generally care for Grant Morrison’s work, if you can’t tell. That being said, I do quite like Yanick Paquette, so it should be a lovely book at least. And Morrison is always a crapshoot. It might turn out great. It’s hard to know what that dude is going to do.
Wonder Woman: Earth One is scheduled to be released on November 10, though they’ve been promising the book for quite some time and I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if that date got bumped. We’ll see what happens.