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Wondering About Wonder Woman?

posted Jun 14, 2017, 4:47 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 11:55 PM ]

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Wondering about Wonder Woman?

13 Jun 2017 By AN­DREW A. SMITH • Tribune News Ser­vice

“Won­der Woman,” the movie, is shat­ter­ing box of­fice records like, I dunno, glass ceil­ings. Which means a lot of new Won­der­fans are go­ing to be look­ing for some sup­ple­men­tal read­ing. But where to start?

Like the an­cient myths of her Gre­coRo­man pa­trons, Won­der Woman’s oft-con­tra­dic­tory his­tory is vast, and con­tains mul­ti­tudes. Here, then, are five sug­ges­tions to take to the book­store:


1. ‘Won­der Woman: Gods And Mor­tals’

There are few re­vamps that have been as suc­cess­ful — or as nec­es­sary — as what writer/ artist Ge­orge Perez (abet­ted by writer Len Wein) achieved with Won­der Woman in 1987. Perez jet­ti­soned a lot of the aw­ful baggage that had built up around the Amaz­ing Ama­zon through decades of medi­ocre or just plain ter­ri­ble sto­ries, re­launch­ing the char­ac­ter afresh as a 20-some­thing on her first jour­ney to Man’s World. He em­pha­sized the mytho­log­i­cal as­pects of the strip, re­turn­ing the Ama­zons to their roots (and put them on The­myscira in­stead of Par­adise Is­land), and set­ting up as their eter­nal foe the war god Ares (who had, un­til 1986, been re­ferred to by his Ro­man name Mars). That ar­mor you saw in the “Won­der Woman” movie? That’s Perez’s hand­i­work, as he raided an­cient Greco-Ro­man cul­ture for ev­ery as­pect of the new Won­der Woman, from clothes to ar­chi­tec­ture to ar­ma­ment to philoso­phies.