She’s no Donna Troy, but Wonder Woman has seen her fair share of reboots.
Wonder Woman was first introduced in All Star Comics #8 in December of 1941 with a nine-page origin story. Six months later, in the first issue of her own title, the Amazon Princess gets a new origin. Steve Trevor’s crash-land on Paradise Island and the infamous Bullet and Bracers are still part of her back story, but Wonder Woman #1 introduced Diana’s birth from clay, the Lasso of Truth, and the Purple Healing Ray (invented by Wonder Woman herself).
Never has a pair of pants caused so much outcry!
To celebrate a publishing milestone for Wonder Woman, DC handed the keys over to big-name writer J. Michael Straczynski. JMS wanted to shake things up, bring Diana down to street level and build her back up to her mythic stature. It was a decent plan with terrible execution. Four months into the run JMS took his ball and went home.
Wonder Woman no more! In this infamous run by Denny O’Neil and Dick Giordano, Diana gives up her Amazonian super powers so she can stay in Man’s World. In an effort to make the character modern and fresh, Diana dons a white jumpsuit and learns Kung-Fu — it’s all very Emma Peel. The run has fallen victim to a ton of criticism over the years and is often looked at as a dark mark on the character. But aside from all the crying over Steve Trevor (there’s a lot), O’Neil’s Diana Prince was actually a lot of fun, and the artwork is stunning.
Never has a lack of pants caused so much outcry!
A year after the JMS reboot, DC Comics wiped their entire slate clean and launched The New 52. Part horror story, part crime family drama, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang are telling a story so very different from all the other superhero comic on the racks. A few controversial adjustments have been made to Diana’s origin: she’s now an illegitimate daughter of Zeus, and the Amazons are a more violent and antagonistic tribe of women. Wonder Woman still kicks some serious ass, and this is arguably one of the best books out of the DC reboot.
After she was “erased” from existence in the final pages of Crisis on Infinite Earths, George Perez, Len Wein and Greg Potter brought the Amazon Princess back to the DC Universe. While the basics of the story remained the same, Wonder Woman’s powers were adjusted to include Beauty from Aphrodite, Strength from Demeter, Wisdom from Athena, Speed and Flight from Hermes, Eyes of the Hunter from Artemis, and Truth from Hestia. This run also established Paradise Island as the mythical Amazon capital, Themyscira. Perez’s Diana is not only strong and smart, but graceful and kind — the iconic Wonder Woman.