Writer: Kelly Poynter
If you haven’t yet, you need to be reading DC’s various Earth One titles.
It’s similar to what Marvel did back in 2000 with their Ultimate series, giving us fresh spins on the origins of our favorite heroes set in present time. Unlike Marvel, DC isn’t releasing their stories in individual issues. The Earth One series comes out in Hardcover graphic novels, followed eventually in TPB form.
With the release of the Earth One series, DC reintroduced Superman, Batman, and the Teen Titans. DC finally completed the trinity with the release of Wonder Woman: Earth One.
Grant Morrison pens this new origin for Wonder Woman. He pieces the story together using the various DC eras: a pinch of golden, a dash of silver and just a touch of new 52. Morrison gives us a young and naive Diana who is eager to experience the outside world of man.
The story jumps from the present to the past using flashbacks as the characters explain in a tribunal how Diana became the new Wonder Woman, Champion of Amazonia.
Resentful of the role she’s been forced to play on Themyscira and her mother, Queen Hippolyta, Wonder Woman stages her escape off the island when she finds a US Airman Steven Trevor hurt. While returning Trevor to a hospital in the US, Diana is forced to realize the world she’d been romanticizing in her mind isn’t at all what she was expecting, and that perhaps her mother might have been right in shielding from it’s harsh realities.
When Hippolyta unleashes a force of the underworld to return her daughter, Diana must choose to use diplomacy or muscle to rescue her new friends, preventing any further loss of life.
As a whole, I really enjoyed the story because it did exactly what it’s supposed to do, left me wanting more. At its core, it’s a solid origin story. From the character’s creation in this world to her iconic outfit, we are lead down a very entertaining path.
The way Wonder Woman was written leaves a lot of room for, which I’m hoping to see in volume two if DC gives it the go ahead.
There was a lot that could’ve gone wrong in this story, but any complication was handled with tact and class.
An underlying bondage message has been present, and sometimes ridiculed, in the history of Wonder Woman, and this story deals with it sensibly and tastefully. Since the story was written by a man, I’m glad Morrison was mature enough to give us a back story of Diana’s love with Mala and the amazonian relationship aspect without simply frat boy-ing it up, “Bro, amazonian bondage lesbians, BRO! HOT, BRO!”
Yanick Paquette provided the penciling for the book and it was absolutely gorgeous. Solid all the way through, Paquette delivers Wonder-Woman art that rivals Hughes or Dodson. The women are drawn very strong and beautifully. Whereas some artists give you one without the other, this delivers on both fronts. As another reader pointed out, “It’s nice to see a beautiful woman without boobs holstered to her chin, and underoos drawn as if she can taste the fabric.”
There were only two aspects of the book that were lacking for this reader. One was Beth Candy, a character that would be played by Rebel Wilson if this story ever made it to the big screen. She wasn’t horrible and she did serve a purpose; however, I just hope she’s not a huge role in volume two.
The other problem I had with Wonder Woman was that even though I enjoyed the story, there was something lost to me about how the thoughts on the world of man were supposed to be thoughts from a woman, but a man wrote it. Perhaps that’s wrong of me to think that a man can’t write the views of a woman about men, but I would’ve simply bought the entirety of what was being sold had it in fact been written by a woman.
With those two things said, I would still highly recommend this book. I think it provides another strong piece to the Earth One library.