DC Comics Preview: Wonder Woman Is Wonderfully Jacked in Sensation Comics #14

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 4:28PM
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 4:28PM
DC Comics Preview: Wonder Woman Is Wonderfully Jacked in Sensation Comics #14

With a solo Wonder Woman movie on the way in 2016, the classic superheroine is just as central in pop culture as she ever was, which means it's the perfect time to bring her back in this fun little retro comic, Sensation Comics #14 by Gilbert Hernandez.

 

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Wonder Woman is both iconic and problematic within the feminist movement; she was created in order to show that traditionally "feminine" qualities, such as kindness and compassion, can be accompanied by strength, but, at least historically, she was also explicitly intended to function as a sex object, as her skimpy outfits and kinky lasso were meant to draw in male readers for all the wrong reasons. But in Hernandez's Sensation Comics #14, she's pretty much just awesome. She's as muscled as we've ever seen her, looking much more like Superman than a lingerie model:

 

Wonder Woman

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This interpretation of Wonder Woman is refreshing, partially because she's clearly a force to be reckoned with, but more importantly, because she's not overly sexualized or objectified. (I would have been even happier if she could wear some real clothes, but I suppose we need to take victories where we find them.) As AV Club put it in their Wonder Woman retrospective: "Hernandez's interpretation of Wonder Woman focuses on strength above all else, exaggerating her bulging biceps and thick thighs to present a version of the character that has more in common with a bodybuilder than a pin-up girl."

 

Here are the preview pages, first published by AV Club:

 

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Wonder Woman

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