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Wonder Woman by J. Michael Straczynski
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J. Michael Straczynski becomes the second male writer who can craft a story about Wonder Woman in volume 1 of Wonder Woman: Odyssey. But to write the story did he have to change the heroine’s history as well as her costume, which outraged many fans? (I do like the jacket and bracelets that cover most of her forearm, however.)

Well, to tell the story, it was necessary.

From Straczynski’s pen, Wonder Woman was no longer the beautiful princess who rescued a pilot from a plane crash and returned him to his home, where she would become an American heroine. Instead, she is an 18 year-old displaced warrior hunted by her enemies, mostly men.

One can only imagine that Straczynski’s intention for this Wonder Woman adventure is to address what it is like for a woman to fight for her survival among men who wish to subjugate her and the women who either conspire with them or know no better. (Think of The Color Purple’s “Miss Celie” telling “Harpo” to beat “Sophia” if she won’t mind him.)

Or, perhaps it is Straczynski’s intent to upgrade her value after some male writers failed to envision a Wonder Woman that transcended the image of a sex symbol, making her no more or just as serious a character compared to Superman and Batman.

Well, in volume 1 of Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Straczynski gives us a serious heroine determined to fight for her truth, both figuratively and literally. I’m looking forward to finishing volume 2 now.


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