And so another weekend is nearly over, but we still have the to take a look at this week’s spotlight title. And, what better comic to look at than Wonder Woman #750, published last week by DC Comics. But, while it is a milestone issue, and certainly celebrates 8 decades of everyone’s favourite Amazon warrior, let’s also not forget that it isn’t Wonder Woman’s 80th next year. So, let’s look at this as a dress rehearsal for that, shall we?
And what dress rehearsal it is too. Follow on with a comic book modelled on the highly successful Action Comics #1000 and then Detective Comics #1000, this oversized issue not only sports a variety of front covers looking back at the past 8 decades but also includes a series of stories celebrating the first lady of comic books, from many a female creators too, which is somewhat apt given the subject matter and the growing female creators in the industry today.
Unlike the previous two milestone issues I mentioned, this opens up with the concluding chapter in the most recent Wonder Woman story arc with Cheetah and Hera battling it out over Wonder Woman, failing to realise Princess Diana is no-one’s puppet. And, while it may well place casual readers who’ve picked up this title as a one off, like myself, off-balance, by the end of this reaffirming tale by writer Steve Orlando and artist Jesus Merino, it feel like a very appropriate inclusion as we learn, once more, of Diana’s core values and her quest for truth. Something liked to a hunt. Fittingly, given Diana’s namesake the Greek goddess of hunting.
To mark this further as an oversized issue celebrating a milestone rather than the history and legacy of the character, all but two of the stories included in this special comic are set in the Rebirth timeline, looking at different aspects of Diana and therefore leaving a retrospective for her 80th anniversary. A reassessment of who she is and what she represents in the modern age.
In Gail Simone and Colleen Doran’s strip, ‘From Small Things, Mama’, for example, we see a more sociable side to her as she meets up with the young fellow Boston hero, Star-Blossom, and bonds over homemade mac and cheese, while the two mothers of these heroes promise to look out for the other’s kid. It’s a tender tale with artwork that reminded me of the dream-like art nouveau stylings of Windsor McCay. With this being only the second ever appearance of this young mutant superhero, I wonder if we’ll see more of her?
As for the two out-of-continuity stories, well, maybe only one is. As well as a ‘Bombshells’ strip by Marguerite Bennett and Laura Braga, there is a trip back to the past and, more specifically, 1939 in a tale scripted by Scott Synder and illustrated by Bryan Hitch. Setting it in 1939 – and therefore two years ahead of her first appearance in All-Star Comics #8 (1941) – would suggest that this could well be part of DC Comics much lauded 5G program that will see everything that has ever happened in the history of the comic book company come back into being. Forget your infinite crises, DC Comics are about to rejig their characters’ histories once again and it would seem that, in this new reality, Wonder Woman could well now be the first official hero of the 5G DCU and the inspiration of the Justice Society of America, themselves back in action following events of both Doomsday Clock and Justice League. And, given Snyder had a big part in re-introducing the JSA into continuity in Justice League, one could well assume he may well also be tasked with helping guide the DCU forward. We shall see what he does next after Justice League, I suppose. But, knowing him, it’ll be epic and only add to rich tapestry of DC Comics and their characters.
Of course, there are so many great tales, by so many great talents – including the return of Nicola Scott in a story written by Greg Rucka; himself no stranger to Wonder Woman – and taken as a whole, throughout this particular issue we are constantly reminded of what makes Wonder Woman so special and why she has survived. Her love for others – even her mortal enemies – is undying and she will never give up; something we are reminded of on more than one occasion in this issue. Resilient, caring, inspiring, but not flinching in the face of adversity, Princess Diana, like Superman, is one of the hearts at the very centre of the DCU. And, will continue to be a beacon of hope and inspiration for decades to come too.
Wonder Woman #750 is a great celebratory issue and out now from DC Comics