This week’s spotlight falls upon Wonder Woman #41, and of course the debut of Diana’s new costume. Gone is her original ‘bathing suit’ style threads, which even though it has changed slightly design wise over the years, still retained much of the original look from the 1940’s. In its place is a more traditional Superhero style outfit, thigh length boots and some armour adornment makes for a more practical costume than her previous one.
Designed by Meredith and David Finch, the current creative team on Wonder Woman’s monthly adventures, Meredith Finch mentioned in an interview with Newsarama recently, that she was “approached by DC to design a new costume for Diana, and absolutely jumped on the idea”, going on to say “I wanted a costume that was new and fresh, that’s appropriate to who she is in the 21st century.”
Plot Synopsis: As a new villain arrives to challenge Wonder Woman, she must also deal with Donna Troy who moves up a gear in her bitter quest to destroy Diana, whilst the games of the Gods bring dark portents for the ultimate Amazon!
There is an amazing variant cover also available by classic British artist Brian Bolland (Killing Joke, Judge Dredd.) Brian was the cover artist for Wonder Woman throughout much of the 90’s, working alongside writer/artist William Messner-Loeb. His covers to this day (for me) are unsurpassed, Brian is a huge fan of the character, and actively campaigned DC to allow him to draw her, so seeing him back once more is a joy!
Wonder Woman #41 is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Meredith Finch. Cover and interior art by: David Finch and Jonathan Glapion.Variant cover by: Brian Bolland.
Wonder Woman #36 heralds the arrival of a new creative team as writer Meredith Finch and her spouse, artist David Finch take over duties from former collaborators Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang after their successful 3 year run on the title. With the hugely popular reboot of the amazing Amazon by Azzarello and Chiang, it will be a hard act to follow for the Finch duo, though I am liking what I have read so far and as ever David Finch’s artwork is awesome.
When several villages in Thailand are destroyed by massive floods, Diana investigates what appears to be a terrible natural disaster only to discover that the floods are intentional when a mysterious figure is seen at each of the tragic incidents. This issue also includes a knock down/drag out fight between Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing and a touching confessional as Diana tells fellow Leaguer Aquaman of her struggle to cope with her many new roles as leader of the Amazons, the new God of War and one of the founding members of the Justice League.
Overall a good first issue from the new creative team, with a refreshingly different tone and style than Azzarello and Chiang’s run … recommended.