As DC heads toward its Rebirth event, readers are excited to see what elements of past universes will make it back into the current continuity — particularly as Greg Rucka, one of post-Crisis Wonder Woman's best known writers, returns to tackle this new version of the hero.
But which "core" aspects of Wonder Woman will Rucka keep? And which will fall by the wayside as the "New 52" era ends? As Newsarama recently pointed out, there are some concepts from the post-Crisis Universe that should be avoided. And that got us thinking about some other advice we'd give DC concerning its most popular properties.
So in an effort to keep things light as we recommend some alterations, Newsarama is looking at DC Rebirth continuity for Wonder Woman by suggesting "Things to Marry, Things to $%^&, and Things to Kill" — from both the New 52 universe and the post-Crisis universe.
Things to Marry
"New 52": Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's versions of the gods.
Whether you loved or hated the Wonder Woman run by Chiang and Azzarello, there was one thing that really gave the book a new energy and updated feel — Wonder Woman's pantheon of gods. Azzarello's writing gave them a more realistic feel than in past versions, and Chiang's designs were fresh and modern, as he often put the gods in street clothes while also incorporating a decidedly otherworldly feel with various skin tones, glowing eyes and expressive faces.
Art we've seen so far from the artists Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott for Rebirth's Wonder Woman appear to be incorporating some of the ideas from the "New 52" gods. And to be fair, there's always room for tweaks and changes, particularly those that fit the artwork of two veteran fan-favorites like Sharp and Scott.
But we're hoping the overall approach to Wonder Woman's gods doesn't get switched back to the toga-wearing, lily-white versions of the past. The new ones were much more interesting.
Post-Crisis: Diana as leader.
No, we don't think Rucka should put Diana back in the Themysciran embassy she occupied during much of his run — that story having already been explored very nicely, thank you very much. But Rucka's approach to Diana as a leader on the world stage felt accurate at the time, and would be even more reflective of newsmakers today, with the United States' presidential race getting a woman closer to occupying the Oval Office than ever in history.
When Wonder Woman debuted during the Golden Age, she came to what was called "Man's World." That label doesn't fit quite as well these days, with women being afforded unprecedented freedoms and even advantages, outpacing men in university attendance and in many formerly male-dominated careers. Not only are women climbing into places of power around the globe, but more importantly, they're reading comic books. (Am I right?) Having Wonder Woman be representative of this brave, new world— being a leader on the world stage in which she operates as a superhero — would make even more sense today.
Things to $%^&
"New 52": Superman.
We're using the "$%^&" part of this discussion to talk about things that might not be an absolute must for the Rebirth era of Wonder Woman, but they're things we're hoping DC doesn't abandon either.
Clark and Diana might not be a couple anymore, but there was something enjoyable about seeing these two grow together as heroes and come to understand each other's worlds better as they confided in one of the only similarly super-powered being they could find.
Now, it's not exactly clear what's happening with "New 52" Superman, so maybe discussing the future of their relationship is all for naught, but there was something legitimately interesting about seeing these two powerhouses in the "New 52" share trust and friendship — the type of friendship that should be able to survive into Rebirth, even if their relationship is completely platonic.
Post-Crisis: Battle to the Death.
Sure, we know Wonder Woman has killed in the "New 52" (even killing Ares at one point, making her the God of War in his place), but nowhere has her swift form of justice been better demonstrated than during Rucka's story about the death of Max Lord in the post-Crisis universe.
Is killing a last resort for Wonder Woman? Sure. But does she hesitate before she does it, or even sulk after the job is done? Neither one.
With Rucka in the driver's seat once again, we have confidence that this element of Wonder Woman isn't going away anytime soon.
Things to Kill
"New 52": Man-hating Amazons.
Whether Wonder Woman is made of clay or a daughter of Zeus — the latter being one of the key changes to her origin from the "New 52" — there's another recent change that we'd prefer to see get a retcon. In the "New 52," Amazons were actually sirens who sailed the seas, seducing men that they eventually killed. And although they kept their female children, they sold the male babies to Hephaestus, who utilizes them as slaves.
Although everyone can agree that an island filled with only women is unusual, their existence and isolation from men doesn't necessarily need an explanation that includes the mass murder and enslavement of every male with which the Amazons come into contact. After all, this is a world with gods in it — let them take the fall for making Themyscira all-female.
And although we kind of like the idea of Diana having brothers, the means to that end was hardly worth the blood-soaked trip.
Post-Crisis: Mother Di.
Although Wonder Woman should function as a hero, before the "New 52" she had an almost motherly quality about her, because she'd been around so long.
Some of that came from the respect she'd earned over the years, and some from the aforementioned ambassadorship. But there was also just a feeling that she was less likely to enter a room and flirt with a man than she was to enter a room and start advising him.
And although we love the older, wiser Wonder Woman of the post-Crisis universe (and adore the one in Kingdom Come), there was something refreshing about the "New 52" stories where heroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman went through challenges they'd never seen before.
Not only did it feel unique to see a Diana who didn't know everything, but we got to see her have some fun. This Diana enjoyed going on dates. She liked to go out dancing. And she made mistakes — lots of them.
If DC keeps the timeline of the "New 52" intact — and it appears that it is — Wonder Woman should keep some of that youthful vigor. She's not quite aged, prudent Diana of past. So we suggest that, as this universe absorbs some of the old along with the new, it leaves the truly "old" part of Wonder Woman in the past.