When Fangirls Attack has a very nice, very complete roundup of the Internet frenzy that followed the announcement. The Beat did a wonderful survey of big "name" covers through the ages. Since others have done the work, I'm just going to tell you how I feel about it:
I'm disappointed, but I know that ultimately, it doesn't matter.
Wonder Woman has always been a figure that confused me. I love the idea of her -- a female warrior, who prizes peace above all -- and think that the contradictions inherent in her character made her fascinating. However, I'd say that at least half of the time that I read comics that feature her, I walk away disappointed.
To put this in a visual format, I'm not sure how these two women can be the same person:
On the left is the Alex Ross version of Wonder Woman, on the right, a cover by
So, how can they be the same person -- is Wonder Woman role model, a symbol of feminine power and strength? Or is she Wonder Woman: Bondage Queen? I think until you answer that question, her costume isn't going to matter much. . An artist, particularly a cover artist, shape the way we view a hero, but editors and writers have to choose the characters destiny before the artists get involved.
That's why, more than Wonder Woman's new stirrup pants and Member's Only jacket, I was concerned by the new direction that the series is getting,
So, Wonder Woman is no longer a child of the gods, was no longer raised by a community of loving supportive women and no longer has the society of Amazons to support her and use as a model for her interactions with the outside world. Basically, she just became every other superhero with a tragic past and a score to settle. Boring. Boring and wrong.