Did you know that Wonder Woman had a brother? You may have thought that the success of the Wonder Woman movie would change the way she was portrayed in comics, and you would be right, if by change you meant focusing on her long lost brother, because, brothers are doing it for themselves.
Unless you were reading Justice League prior to DC Comics’ Rebirth event last year, you might have been able to live your life without having heard about the brother twist, given how little time has been spent on the plot thread since Rebirth began. However, yes, it’s true. Sometime during Justice League: Darkseid War, Diana learned about her twin brother Jason, the first and only man to ever be born on Themyscira. Now, the new Wonder Woman creative team, James Robinson, Carlo Pagulayan, and Emanuela Lupacchino, aim to reveal the mystery behind Jason’s character in a new six month run on the series.
The new storyline, entitled “Children of the Gods,” will be written by Robinson, who is a longtime comics veteran but is perhaps most recently memorable for his work on Airboy, which many argued contained a transphobic plotline. Robinson, who DC’s press release notes is a GLAAD-award nominee, did apologize in a statement on the organization’s website. However, one has to wonder how fans will react to the news of Robinson’s newly established position as the lead writer on a prominent superhero who is currently in the spotlight thanks to Patty Jenkin’s incredibly successful and markedly progressive Wonder Woman film.
Indeed, reaction from fans and critics was swift:
James Robinson is the new WONDER WOMAN writer, with Carlo Pagulayan and Emanuela Lupacchino on art. Six-month run.
— Oliver Sava (@OliverSava) June 19, 2017
This is misreading your market and it’s also very dull. I hope Gail’s Wondy/Conan waaay over takes this. https://t.co/d3dyBMq647
— Elana Brooklyn (@Elana_Brooklyn) June 19, 2017
Imagine being given one of the biggest properties on earth and missing the mark this badly. 😒 pic.twitter.com/7XcWBBdS34
— Rosie Knight 👽 (@RosieMarx) June 19, 2017
the new Wonder Woman comic is about WW’s brother, and it’s written by a man? what a great place for me to not start reading Wonder Woman.
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) June 19, 2017
For a post-Rebirth title, this concept feels more evocative of the gritty and less progressive New 52 era.
The press release’s plot summary is worded in a way that hints at Jason’s allegiances and possible directions the plot could take. The title of the arc names “Children,” plural, which could mean that there are more divine siblings to come. Additionally, Jason’s and Wonder Woman’s lives are “about to intersect in a terrifying way, bringing them face-to-face with a cosmic threat they never imagined.” This indicates that Jason will likely be a protagonist rather than a rival for Diana.
This new creative team’s tenure will begin with Wonder Woman #31 following the end of Shea Fontana’s Wonder Woman limited run. Pagulayan will draw interiors for the issue. Bryan Hitch drew the cover, which you can check out below. Jenny Frison will produce variant covers for the run.