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JMS, Jim Lee change Wonder Woman’s costume, origin

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Internet, prepare to be broken in half: As you’ve read at The New York Times, DC’s Source Blog, and right here at CBR, Wonder Woman is getting a new costume and new direction starting with tomorrow’s issue #600.

According to writer J. Michael Straczynski’s comments on the Source, his Wonder Woman run will see the Gods “change the timeline,” removing their protection from Paradise Island, leading to its destruction and to Wonder Woman’s Superman-style smuggling off the island as a baby to be raised among normal human society:

It’s now nearly twenty years later. Diana has been raised in an urban setting, but with a foot in both worlds. She has little or no memory of the other timeline. She knows only what she’s been told by those who raised her On the run, hunted, she must try to survive, help the other refugee Amazons escape the army that is still after them, discover who destroyed Paradise Island and why…and if the timeline can be corrected or not.

Any resemblance to Mephisto’s magicaboola of Spider-Man’s life in the “One More Day” storyline, the true authorship of which — by either Straczynski or co-writer and artist (and Marvel Editor-in-Chief) Joe Quesada — remains controversial and contentious, is strictly coincidental, I’m sure.

In addition, Wonder Woman’s getting a new, more down-to-earth, less swimsuity costume, courtesy of DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee. In an extensive interview with CBR’s Kiel Phegley, JMS emphasizes the new look’s practicality:

Form follows function. She has to exist a great deal in an urban setting. So I wanted her to have an outfit that she can close up and pass more or less without notice, or open when she’s in a fight to reveal her full appearance. I wanted the outfit to express her own situation, in that she lives in two worlds, which is also in a way the trap in which she’s found herself.

I also wanted it functional. As so many female fans have said over the years, “How does she fight in that without all her parts popping out? Where does she keep stuff?” She can keep or shed the jacket, there are pockets, it’s tough and serious looking while still attractive. It’s a Wonder Woman designed for the 21st century. Not to get all “Project Runway” on this, but what woman wears the same outfit for 60 years without at least accessorizing?

On the Source, JMS also took a quick swipe at Wonder Woman’s last big redesign, the ’60s mod look: “What we also haven’t seen before is her new look, the first significant change in her appearance since the character debuted in 1941 (not counting the mod look used briefly in the sixties, about which the less said the better).”

Lee, meanwhile, tells the Times that the new outfit is comparatively apolitical: “The original costume was the American flag brought to life….This one is a little more universal.”

Love it? Hate it? Reserving judgment until you actually, you know, read the comic? (Aw, you’re no fun.) Fire away, folks…