Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic female fiction, to another cool and captivating cornucopia of comic cover collectables! This weeks radiant rendering contains not one but two impassionately illuminating illustrations of DC’s newest version of the fabulous Wonder Girl -Yara Flor!
The newest variant of Diana’s closest crime-fighting companion actually holds the dynamic distinction of being an Amazon from the Amazon! That’s right, Wondy’s new scintillating sidekick hails from the Amazon rain forests of Brazil, though she’s yet to discover her rightful roots after being raised by her aunt and uncle in Idaho for the majority of her young existence.
Yara Flor holds several distinctions as the newest member to the Wonder Woman mythos, she is the first Amazon to be solely created by a female, the terrifically talented – Joelle Jones, and also, equally as important – the very first Wonder Girl of colour. Our tantalising twosome of creatively charming covers are brought to you by awesome artistic auteurs – Jen Bartel and Carla Cohen, with another stunning six vaunted variants by impeccable illustrators including – Bilquis Evely, Kendrick Lim, J. Scott Campbell and creative visionary Joelle Jones.
The marvellous mythos of Yara Flor begins here! Raised by her aunt and uncle in Boise, Idaho, Yara has always felt that something was missing from her life – and is now heading to her birthplace of Brazil, to ultimately discover what that is. Yet, little does she know that her auspicious arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her momentous return has been prophesied, and with this prognostication comes the undivided attention of the benevolent gods from pantheons beyond.
Wonder Girl #01 Is Available To Buy At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!
Hey there fellow agents of Precinct1313, and a warm welcome to another episode of – V-Log1313. You may remember a few months back we posted a vid of a stunning Starfire statue based upon glorious George Perez’s dynamic design which ultimately formed part of a multi statue set comprising the Teen Titans from a Perez classic 1980’s cover, well, our Wonder Girl companion piece has finally arrived in the Precinct… so let’s set about unboxing everyone’s second favourite Amazon warrior – Donna Troy!
And here are the two statues together at last, and aren’t they just astonishingly adorable!
Plus a look at just a part of the Precinct’s superlative shelf of superhero statues…
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Meanwhile, in the 1960’s… Donna Troy’s past is a hotbed of alternate paths, though she is often mistaken as the original holder of the title of Wonder Girl, it was actually Wonder Woman herself that was the source of that character, as put forward by Robert Kanigher during his early 60’s run on Wonder Woman. Wonder Girl during the iconic Kanigher series of issues was actually awesome adolescent Amazon, Princess Diana, brought forward in time to adventure alongside her grown up self, with help from Wonder Tot (yes… really!) and Queen Hippolyta.
The title of Wonder Girl has actually been held by four different characters over the course of Wonder Woman’s extensive run, though only three of them are officially canon as legitimate versions in DC Universe legend. Donna was actually the second holder of the title, making her first appearance in 1965, and was later succeeded by Cassandra Sandsmark in 1996. The other character to briefly hold the moniker was Drusilla, a small role that took place during issues #182 – #184 in the very late 60’s, this is the version of Wonder Girl that was actually featured in the 70’s Lynda Carter starring Wonder Woman television series, played Debra Winger.
But it is Donna who generally comes to mind whenever Wonder Girl is referred to, similar to how most fans see Babs Gordon as the definitive Batgirl, even though Betty Kane held the title many years before her. And if all that seems mildly confusing… then welcome to the rabbit hole that is Donna’s multiple origin stories, take a deep breath my amazing Amazonian associates for we are about to venture forth into said hole, to ultimately discover… Who Is Donna Troy?
Donna made her first appearance in The Brave and the Bold #60 in 1965, as a member of the sidekick superteam – Teen Titans, which primarily consisted of Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash.
It was Marv Wolfman who first proffered an origin tale for Donna in Teen Titans #22 in 1969. The story established that Donna was human orphan who was saved by Wonder Woman from a devastating fire. Diana, unable to find any parents or guardians for Donna, adopted her and took her to Themyscira, where she was trained by the Amazons and eventually given super powers through the mysterious Purple Ray, which successfully transferred powers from the island’s Amazon inhabitants, it was during this issue that she adopted the name of Donna Troy.
Classic 1985 mini-series Crisis on Infinite Earths redefined many DC characters in a company wide reboot, including Donna’s genesis. In this new variant of her history it was actually the mythical Titan Rhea that rescued Donna from the fire. Donna is raised on New Cronus by the Titans, alongside eleven other orphans receiving legendary powers, with each orphan named after a famous Greek city, with Troy being chosen for Donna. She also adopted the new pseudonym of Troia and a new Darkstar costume which contained the immeasurable power of the Titans themselves.
Post Crisis on Infinite Earths, Donna’s creation was changed once again. In this new concept, Donna was a magically created duplicate of Wonder Woman created by the sorceress Magala, as a playmate for WW. Being mistaken for Diana herself by the villainous Dark Angel, Donna is kidnapped, and cursed to consecutively live out virtually endless variations of past lives, with each defined by varying degrees of torment and misery. She was later saved from this endless cycle of suffering by Diana, Hippolyta and the third version of the Flash, Wally West. Realising that Donna was created from a sliver of Diana’s anima, Queen Hippolyta accepted her as a daughter, and during a coronation held on Themyscira, announced Troia as a second Princess to the Amazon nation.
DC Comics, seemingly not content with having only three (!?) variants of Donna’s complicated past decided that a fourth version was necessary, which resulted in the 2005 released mini-series The Return of Donna Troy, though this four issue run did attempt to clear up Donna’s multiple origin tales and give the fans a definitive version of their second favourite Amazon warrior.
Through this titanic tale, she realised she was an amalgamation of multiple Donna Troys from across DC’s multiverse, retaining knowledge and memories from each and every variant of herself.
And just when you think that DC had confused poor old Donna enough, along came their 2011 reboot The New 52. Once again DC fundamentally changed their slew of Superheroes’ background storylines, including that of Ms Troy.
Initially Donna is nowhere to be found during this rambunctious reboot, with the most recent version of Wonder Girl, Cassie Sandsmark taking centre stage at the forefront of the Amazon acolytes. It was much later, in the pages of Meredith and David Finch’s take on Wonder Woman, that Donna re-emerged into Amazon mythology with an origin rather similar to an earlier tale. Created in Wonder Woman’s image by her enemies, Donna’s job was to usurp the Amazon princess and wrest control, but is ultimately defeated by Diana, which sets her on a path of some serious soul searching.
“Suffering Sappho” are you confused,and perplexed enough thus far!? well nevertheless it isn’t over yet for luckless Donna and her multiple choice past. In 2016, DC’s Rebirth ushered in another soft reboot of their unique universe and with it another obligatory Donna variable! We can but hope that this time Donna can finally have some closure on her convoluted origin story, but I wouldn’t put money on it…
A warm breeze caresses our face as we cross a small river that quietly flows its way through the centre of the paradise island known as Themyscira. Just up ahead lies the intricately carved gateway that leads down to the ancient Amazon archives, where great tales of heroism and legends may be found, and retold in “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana Prince.
This weeks cool cover celebrates the beginning of a new chapter for the Amazon Herald, as we join Donna Troy as the new holder of the title of Wonder Woman, in the very first issue of volume-3 of the awesome Amazon’s continuing adventures. This terrific tome is brought to you by – Writer: Allan Heinberg. Artists: Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Alex Sinclair, with the colossal cover by Terry Dodson. Released: August 2006.
The tantalising tale secreted behind the captivating cover is titled “Who Is Wonder Woman” and picks up one year after the catastrophic events of Infinite Crisis. Diana has stepped away from the role of Wonder Woman, passing the mantle unto Donna Troy. Donna was once known as Wonder Girl and is Diana’s exact duplicate, brought to life by the Sorceress Magala originally as a playmate for the Themysciran Princess. Donna made her first appearance in The Brave and the Bold #60″ in 1965. Created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani. She is most fondly remembered as a founding member of The Teen Titans, though she has also allied herself with, The Justice League, Darkstars and the White Lantern Corps.
Join us again next time for another classic WW cover, my affable Amazonian associates!
Welcome once more my comic collecting cohorts to another instalment of Comic Cover Of The Week, and this week our spotlight of excellence falls upon “Titans Hunt #1” In 2011, following on from the conclusion of the Flashpoint crossover saga, DC Comics cancelled all of its ongoing comic series and debuted 52 new comic series. This was essentially a massive reboot of their seventy five plus year universe of characters, that had over the decades become embroiled in continuity problems. DC also saw this as a way to reintroduce their mighty mortals to a new audience and in essence just start again from the beginning.
Some classic versions of characters and teams were confined to history during this huge shake up, with the original Teen Titans being one such casualty. With the current rebooted version of the Titans comprising of, Red Robin, Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark,) Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy, the previous team never apparently existed, or did they? It has long been alluded to in sundry titles over the years that there was a previous group of Metas that also called themselves the Titans, and may have included Dick Grayson and the original Wonder Girl, Donna Troy amongst its numbers. Of course no explanation has been given on how this is possible due to the New 52 shake up and erasing of the previous timeline… until now.
Titans Hunt is a 12 issue maxi-series by Dan Abnett that will explain how exactly this is possible and also bring us back into the fold of the original and well loved Titans of old. Initial focus of the storyline is with Lilith the telepath, who is resolute on re-uniting what she sees as the original version of the team, to help her in defeating a malevolent evil from her past, and somehow only the pre New 52 Titans can help.
Titans Hunt #1 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now. Written by Dan Abnett. Cover and interior art by Paulo Siqueira. Variant cover by Tony Daniel.
The far flung, exotic shores of Themyscira bid us once again my Amazon loving affiliates, as we continue our weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman. This week we emerge from the depths of the Amazon archives with; Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #124. Written and illustrated by John Byrne, with cover art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Released in August 1997.
This weeks tantalising tale is titled “All My Sins Remembered” and follows Diana and Artemis as they continue their descent into Hell to confront the demonic Neron, it is here that the amazing Amazon will face her greatest challenge and her ultimate tragedy. This issue also presents us with two generations of Diana’s celebrated consort Wonder Girl, Donna Troy whose origin we covered in an earlier episode, and the most recent and current holder of the title, Cassandra Sandsmark.
Cassie was created by John Byrne in 1996, and made her first appearance in Wonder Woman (volume 2) #105. She was first introduced as the daughter of archaeologist Helena Sandsmark, who discovered magical artifacts that bestowed super powers to her daughter, which she subsequently used to fight crime as the new Wonder Girl. It was later revealed to her that she was in fact a demi-goddess and the daughter of Zeus himself.
In 2011, DC relaunched their universe as the “New 52” to re-establish a new continuity for their characters, essentially a massive reboot with many characters having their back-stories retold and in some cases changed entirely. With Wonder Woman’s origin completely revised so that she became the daughter of Zeus, Cassie also underwent a complete revision of her roots. Re-introduced in the pages of Teen Titans as a super powered thief with demonic infused bracelets, she is inducted into the team of teens by Batman’s ex-protege, Red Robin. It is later revealed that she is the niece of Wonder Woman and the daughter of Lennox Sandsmark, Diana’s half brother.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astounding Amazonian associates!
Welcome once more friends, to our weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the amazing Amazon. This week we scour the Amazonian archives to bring you; Wonder Woman #265, released in March 1980. Written by Gerry Conway, with cover and interior art by Dick Giordano, Ross Andru, and Jose Delbo.
This impelling issue contains two classic tales, “Land Of The Scaled Gods”, where Diana teams up with an American astronaut on the world’s first space shuttle mission, only to be thwarted by some aliens who bring the craft down into a hidden valley of dinosaurs (don’t you just hate it when that happens!?) The second titanic tale secreted between the comic pages is, “Mr Jupiter Is Dead”, starring the girl of wonder herself, Donna Troy.
Wonder Girl, Donna Troy, was created in 1965 by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani, making her first appearance in “The Brave And The Bold” #60. Though her origin story has changed over the decades, the original (and my favourite) genesis of the character is that Donna was created by the sorceress Magala to be a playmate for Diana. Using a mirror of mystical origin, Magala created a duplicate of Diana, though gifted the creation with her own personality, and named her Donna.
On her very first adventure, Donna was abducted by Dark Angel believing her to be the real Wonder Woman, he proceeded to curse her to experience an unending cycle of countless tragic lives. In one of her abject experiences, Donna was orphaned from an early age after her birth mother died. Moving from foster home to foster home, she was eventually caught in a calamitous fire in one of her temporary accommodations, but was rescued from the blaze, and her never ending cycle of misery and anguish by the Goddess Rhea, one of the mythological Titans. It was Rhea who gave Donna the name of Troy in homage to the ancient Greek city. Adopting the name Wonder Girl, she became one of the founding members of the Teen Titans, alongside Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad and Green Arrow’s Sidekick, Speedy.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my achaean Amazonian associates!