Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Big Mouth Strikes Again!
When Wonder Woman was created, she filled a void. 1941, the editors at DC Comics noticed something strange going on: little girls were reading their brothers comic books. For lack of something better, they read whatever their brothers had. If little girls ever saw a woman in a comic, she was either falling out of a window or seducing some curiously celibate yet intrepid hero. Not a lot of role models to choose from. Enter DC Comics to give them someone to look up to: Wonder Woman.
The current Wonder Woman comic, while great, ain't much in the way of kid-friendly. It's not a weird thing to see her suit up in battle armor, blind herself with snake venom and chop off Medusa's head and you know what? She should. Since DC's post "Crisis" re-imagining of her, that's what she does but her original target audience has been left behind.
What I propose is simple, really. A comic done in an animated style focusing on a "tween" Princess Diana's adventures. Bad hair days and bad Ares days, all. Include back-up stories featuring a young Zatanna, on the road with her father, solving mysteries all Nancy Drew-like. Fill it out with solo tales of Starfire and Raven of The Teen Titans and you've got something there.
This is something I would carry in my shop. This is something I'd support with my own money. If you would too, make some noise! Let me know what you think.