It feels like a long time since I last posted on this blog! I have in mind posts about Daredevil and Batwoman- the former might wait til the Netflix series is on dvd.
Today however is a crossover with my Some Fantastic Place blog and it’s a Wonder Woman post.
Thirty years ago, in the era of The Dark Knight Returns and Heroes Against Hunger and in the wake of Crisis, Trina Robbins and Kurt Busiek wanted to say a fond farewell to the Golden Age/Harry Peter Wonder Woman: that weird blend of Greek myth, sci-fi and fantasy in an ornate, cartoony style. Their vehicle in May 1986 was The Legend of Wonder Woman.
I decided to buy this miniseries on ebay because I’m interested in having the quintessential versions of the Justice League in my collection. I’m not really much of a WW fan: I first encountered her in the Ross Andru era of the mid-60s and I followed the 80s Perez reboot for a while. The simplicity of Robbins’ style intrigued me enough to try this title.
Issue one-Legends Live Forever: in a series of spare, colouring book images, we are introduced to the extra-dimensional threat of Queen Atomia and the naughty child Suzie, an avatar of Robbins herself. The writing voice is not unlike the melodrama of 80s Roy Thomas comics.
The Land of Mirrors: the action shifts to an Agartha-like civilization in the Gobi Desert where twin sisters struggle for power over the Sun Jewel. This is supposedly a callback to a Golden Age story- the milieu is certainly exotic and charming.
Inside the Atom Galaxy: the green and orange cover really pops and the action moves again to the Probability Hills of the Atom Galaxy. Amusingly, Suzie becomes the spoiled and tyrannical Susan the First.
Splitting the Atom: the kanga polo game is my second favourite cover. The Amazons take the battle to Atomia and bratty Suzie saves the day. In the final scene, Aphrodite turns the Amazons into constellations in a rather beautiful scene.
Given that this project is also from the era of Teen Titans Spotlight On… when Marv Wolfman was trying to write about apartheid in South Africa, it’s a little too kitschy for me. I understand the intention to pay tribute however, even if GA WW is not to my taste; this child-friendly series is not unlike the kind of stories told in Astro City (with more naturalistic art. of course). If you’d like to see what I have to say about Grant Morrison’s Wonder Woman, visit http://somefantasticplace-dougie.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/wonderment.html
Coming soon: Dalek Empire
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