The Spirit of Marston is Alive in Wonder Woman: Earth One

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Action Comics, Animal Man, Batman, The Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The New X-Men. Nobody in comics has a resume quite like Grant Morrison. The author has written so many incredible comic books stemming all the way back to the ‘80s. That’s why when the writer sometimes takes a little bit of time producing his next masterpiece, fans are willing to wait. First hinted at in 2012, Wonder Woman: Earth One is now slated for a 2016 release date. Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing) is illustrating the series alongside writer Grant Morrison and colorist (Seconds) Nathan Fairbairn. The writer has talked about the Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston as an inspiration for the series many times. Hitfix announced the news, artwork, and plot details.

From the masterful minds of Grant Morrison (FINAL CRISIS, THE MULTIVERSITY) and Yanick Paquette (SWAMP THING, BATMAN, INC.) comes the most provocative origin of Wonder Woman you’ve ever seen — a wholly unique retelling that still honors her origins.

For millennia, the Amazons of Paradise Island have created a thriving society away from the blight of man. One resident, however, is not satisfied with this secluded life — Diana, Princess of the Amazons, knows there is more in this world and wants to explore, only to be frustrated by her protective mother, Hippolyta. Diana finds her escape when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the first man she has ever seen, crashes onto their shores. With his life hanging in the balance, Diana ventures into the long forbidden world of men. The Amazons chase after her and bring her back to Paradise Island in chains to face trial for breaking their oldest law…staying separated from the world that wronged them.

Thought provoking yet reverent, thoroughly modern but still timeless, the power and courage of Paradise Island’s greatest champion — Wonder Woman — is introduced in this new addition to DC’s New York Times best selling Earth One original graphic novel series.

The Earth One line is an alternate reality line of comics for DC where all of the new stories tell new origins and adventures of characters from the DC Universe in original graphic novels. Wonder Woman’s new costume for the series recalls her classic look compared to the DC You version of the characters. Details for the new comic are still sparse, but fans know that Morrison is trying to take the character back to basics and introduce her back into the world of Paradise Island. The series will also take a look at some of the elements that creator Marston introduced into the character originally.

CBR ran a quote from Morrison containing insight into what he is doing with the title: “Yanick Paquette did this amazing design job,” said Morrison. “Where there are no phallic objects. The only phallic objects are like these Greek towers that are almost like this haunting echo of the culture they came from… Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane is now shaped like a vagina, it’s the most incredible thing. It opens up in the back and it has a little clitoris hood, everything is a female-based design. It’s all based on shells and natural stuff. He’s created this entire newly designed world for the Amazons. And for the first 48 pages, there are no men — it’s just women talking to each other.”

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  1. I hope this cover gets changed. I like the costume, but this cover needs to have WW kicking ass! And hopefully the first volume has some closure because it took waaaaaaaaaaay too long for this one (but having seen pages from this last year, it looks great!)!

  2. Or the chains symbolize the limitations society has placed on women. Those limitations might seem minimal now in American society but you don’t have to go very far back to find very real restrictions on female lives.

  3. The chains around her are vaguely disturbing at face value, but I imagine that’s the point, and Morrison does not choose his themes lightly. This is provocative for, speculatively, the right reasons.

  4. Oh my God. Will there ever be a major female hero whose very identity is *not* somehow based on sex? People (including women) are capable of being defined by other things…

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