Wonder Woman Earth One by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette has finally been published, after five or six years of behind the scenes delays. Reaction has been mixed, but the positive reviews have been strong, showing that Morrison may just have negotiated The Most Dangerous Job On Earth, namely writing Wonder Woman in a highly problematic atmosphere.
I chatted with Morrison about that and more in a profile at Publishers Weekly. While walking the line between Wonder Woman as feminist icon and Wonder Woman as alternative lifestyle champion has eluded many a writer and developer, and Morrison himself was never very interested in the typical Amazon Princess, he seems to have found a sweet spot for this book:
“Batman was crime and mystery, and Superman was science fiction, but Wonder Woman was actually magic and queer culture and alternative sexuality. That’s become hard for people to reapply because Wonder Woman’s become more symbolic of different things.”
While the fact that this is only the first part of a trilogy hasn’t exactly been a secret, given the positive response, the news that there are two more volumes on tap sounds promising, especially since Morrison admits that the conversation about gender, sex and feminism in comics has evolved quite a bit since he started working on this project. In fact, future volumes will have a lot more to say about some classic characters like Hippolyta, who’s his “favorite character:”
“I’m onto the second book, and she’s the one I’m more interested in.”
Morrison hopes to make a trilogy out of his Wonder Woman tales and is already well underway with the second volume. The evolution of feminist comics critique and wider discussion of queer and trans issues may have an impact on the next two books. “I hope to [bring some of that in]. The first one set things up….This series has really got me excited. It’s a whole new storytelling method and a whole new way of thinking.”
UPDATE: Artist Yanick Paquette confirmed via Twitter that’ he’ll be drawing both sequels. Good news!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.