After years of teases and hints, DC Comics has officially released the solicitation copy and artist Yanick Paquette‘s cover for his and writer Grant Morrison‘s “Wonder Woman: Earth One” graphic novel.
Debuting via HitFix, the cover depicts Diana standing defiantly and chained in front of her Amazonian sisters — including Donna Troy — on Themyscira.
Wonder Woman will join DC’s other Earth One stars — Batman, Superman and the Teen Titans — sometime in 2016. The Earth One line of graphic novels is designed to offer iconic, recognizable takes on DC’s heroes, while placing them in a place virtually free of continuity. Morrison and Paquette have developed a new take on the character, with the writer explaining earlier this summer how they’ve re-imagined Wonder Woman and her culture in a manner that remains faithful to creator William Marston’s work.
“Yanick Paquette did this amazing design job, where there are no phallic objects. The only phallic objects are like these Greek towers that are almost like this haunting echo of the culture they came from… Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane is now shaped like a vagina, it’s the most incredible thing. It opens up in the back and it has a little clitoris hood, everything is a female-based design. It’s all based on shells and natural stuff. He’s created this entire newly designed world for the Amazons. And for the first 48 pages, there are no men — it’s just women talking to each other.”
But old habits die hard, and despite his intent, Morrison nearly gave into the trap of having a superhero book culminate in a massive battle sequence. However, he says he managed to catch himself and go against old tendencies.
From the masterful minds of Grant Morrison (FINAL CRISIS, THE MULTIVERSITY) and Yanick Paquette (SWAMP THING, BATMAN, INC.) comes the most provocative origin of Wonder Woman you’ve ever seen – a wholly unique retelling that still honors her origins.
For millennia, the Amazons of Paradise Island have created a thriving society away from the blight of man. One resident, however, is not satisfied with this secluded life – Diana, Princess of the Amazons, knows there is more in this world and wants to explore, only to be frustrated by her protective mother, Hippolyta. Diana finds her escape when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the first man she has ever seen, crashes onto their shores. With his life hanging in the balance, Diana ventures into the long forbidden world of men. The Amazons chase after her and bring her back to Paradise Island in chains to face trial for breaking their oldest law…staying separated from the world that wronged them.
Thought provoking yet reverent, thoroughly modern but still timeless, the power and courage of Paradise Island’s greatest champion – Wonder Woman – is introduced in this new addition to DC’s New York Times best selling Earth One original graphic novel series.
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