First Look at Wonder Woman: Earth One

Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 8:25PM
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Wonder Woman
Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 8:25PM
First Look at Wonder Woman: Earth One
The DC multiverse gains another member in April as Wonder Woman officially becomes a part of Earth One. The cover of the new graphic novel has just been released, and the finished product itself is due out April 6th, 2016 - less than two weeks after the character's big screen debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The synopsis for the work reads as follows:

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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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The story for Wonder Woman: Earth One definitely sounds interesting, and based on some of the things that Morrison has stated in the past, it may allow us to see some sides of Diana Prince that we don't usually get to see. For instance, Morrison was quite upset a few months ago about how he thought Wonder Woman would be portrayed in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. When asked his thoughts on the Comic-Con trailer, he replied by saying:

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[The warrior woman thing is] not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted, that's not what he wanted at all! His original concept for Wonder Woman was an answer to comics that he thought were filled with images of blood-curdling masculinity, and you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it's all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera. Marston's Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist….
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While his conclusions about the cinematic Wonder Woman are a bit premature considering the fact that literally only ten seconds or less of footage featuring her has been released, his thoughts at least allow comic fans a glimpse into his mind concerning the character of Wonder Woman and how it is he will probably portray her in Earth One. While recent comics have done a better job at painting Diana Prince as a cunning peacekeeper who will do whatever is necessary to defend the helpless, she's still got a reputation for being almost purely a "warrior woman." It'll be interesting to see how Morrison approaches a tale that looks like it will deemphasize that aspect of the super-heroine.

A number of other titles are also set in DC's Earth One universe, including Batman: Earth One (which has two volumes already out), and Superman: Earth One (which has three volumes currently out as well). Batman: Earth One was authored by Geoff Johns, and has received some pretty impressive reviews, including one from Batman v Superman screenwriter, Chris Terrio; Superman: Earth One has likewise been very well received. The Earth One universe is really just getting started though, so there's really no better time for readers to get on board with the series than now.   

If you're a fan of Wonder Woman, make sure you check out Wonder Woman: Earth One at your local comic shop on April 6th, 2016.
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