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So the internet is all totally on fire because Wonder Woman changed her clothes. Cool. Hater’s gonna hate. Defenders gonna defend. Commentators gonna comment.

I mean, I think she’s done it quite a few times, so it doesn’t seem like a big deal to me, but this one is being billed as a (or THE) big costume change. Honestly, though, having studied the timeline so much at this point, I think we’d really have to see if it sticks before talking about how big a deal it is.

Anyway, check it out. Pants! I think pants are good, right?

The leather jacket is a thing. Does it mean..

1. Leather jackets are back in? Is it even leather? Maybe it’s pleather. Or that weird synthetic stuff.

2. Wonder Woman is wearing it out of a slightly dated desire to be cool?

3. Wonder Woman really loves the Black Canary’s outfit and wanted in on the look?

4. She’s actually wearing it as a retro/ironic style statement?

It’s probably the irony, right?

The best thing about the jacket, probably, is now she has something to take off before she whups someone. You know… “uh-oh.. Jacket’s coming off.”

I’m fine with losing the flag look. I like the idea of her being more international.

Honestly, at first I wasn’t that into it, but after a day of seeing it again and again and again all over the internet, it’s kind of grown on me. Doesn’t it remind you a bit of her 90’s look? The one when she “wasn’t” Wonder Woman during the Challenge of Artemis arc?

Ok, I’ve spent way too much time thinking about superhero fashion today.

Not like I’ve cared when the Blue Beetle changed costumes. Or Guy Gardner wore that belly shirt. Well, maybe a little.

In related news (because it’s also in issue 600, though it features the old costume) this pin up by Adam Hughes is pretty great:

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My favorite part is the girl in the background flexing. She kind of looks like Wondertot, actually, but I’m pretty sure she’s just an inspiring metaphor.

Update: Here we go, Yet Another Comics Blog posted a run down of her costumes through the years.

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  2. Gorblax
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 11:06 am:

    Thing is, the costume only works with that god-awful new backstory of hers. I give it 12 issues, tops. To quote Brian Clevinger:

    Everything you need to know about why it’s already a failed attempt can be summed up by the fact that the design looks nothing like this sounds.


  3. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 11:24 am:

    I don’t really think it’s gonna last another 70 years, no, haha. We’ll see if it’s better received than blue lightening superman, though.

    Wonder Woman actually seems to change her costume a lot.


  4. Gorblax
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 1:04 pm:

    Never THIS drastically, though. Here’s one of my favorite clips from Justice League to address the issue.


  5. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 1:12 pm:

    haha oh my lord I need to watch more DC cartoons. I’m hoping to catch up some while doing the covers and tagging.

    In any case, I like her pants. She deserves to have pants if she wants them.


  6. Gorblax
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 2:09 pm:

    Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited are all worth watching, at any age.
    I also have a particular fondness for Batman: The Brave and the Bold, but the individual episodes can be hit or miss between overly juvenile and campy Silver Age goodness. The series as a whole has been getting gradually better as time goes on.
    Also, I am really psyched for the upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Fingers crossed.

    The pants are alright… but, as a friend of mine recently commented, the outfit as a whole seems more Donna Troy’s speed than Wonder Woman’s. Couldn’t we find a happy medium with a classic pair of tights?


  7. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 2:29 pm:

    yeah, that’s pretty much the order I was planning on watching them in, too. I just watched a little B:TAS last night and it was enjoyable.

    I guess that’s true about Donna Troy. But… well, it’s like big sister stealing some fashion tips from the little one I guess.. haha


  8. Gorblax
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 3:23 pm:

    Maybe if the Justice League had Casual Fridays…


  9. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 5:10 pm:

    You know, that’s one of the things I always liked about marvel teams. Well, the X-family ones at least. They seemed just as likely to be walking around in spandex as chilling in jeans and a t-shirt. usually pretty casual over there. From what I’ve read anyway, I’m by no means an expert on anything Marvel (except I’ve read the Howard the Duck omnibus, which felt pretty extensive.)


  10. PhoenixTalion
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 5:10 pm:

    *is Gor’s aforementioned friend*

    I think if they were going to put a new spin on the star-spangled panties, they should have gone more ancient Greek and less modern. This is Donna in Dinah’s jacket, not Diana.


  11. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 5:14 pm:

    Yeah, you’re kind of right (reason I mentioned that one in the post.) It’s kind of a weird black canary / wonder girl costume…

    But maybe they decided that with her new origin she should be black canary/wonder girl and is now a whole different character? I have no idea. I probably won’t really be able to decide on it until I read the whole arc… a while from now, seeing as I’m a wait-for-trader :D

    Here’s an article by Sonia Harris at the CBR CSBG Blog which is pretty harsh, but I agree with a lot of it: http://goodcomics.comicbookres…..of-wonder/

    Especially about a lot of comic artists seeing something in the mall when they were young and still thinking that it’s in, apparently, haha.

    I edited one “throughout the years” style article into the post above, but CBR also has another one here: http://www.comicbookresources……p;id=26963


  12. PhoenixTalion
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 5:34 pm:

    TBH, my first thought in regards to Sonia Harris’s article was “You haven’t seen cropped jackets lately? Don’t know many high schoolers, do you?” but that’s irrelevant, and Wonder Woman shouldn’t be drawing off teen fashion anyway. I’m always opposed to civilian-influenced outfits for the big-name heroes, because they’re never as iconic, and due to the vagaries of fashion, they always go out of style within a decade. (Remember Superboy’s hi-fade? REMEMBER IT? Oh, nineties.) There’s some details I kinda like, like her gloves, but I’m not digging the lack of blue, and the whole thing leaves me itching to doodle a redesign.

    TL; DR, it’s not Electric Superman bad, but it’s weak and not particularly well-suited to the character.


  13. Gorblax
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 6:20 pm:

    Oh, god, please do not remind me of Superman’s 90s hair. We’re all doing our best to forget that.


  14. PhoenixTalion
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 6:22 pm:

    You know you loved the Mullet of Steel.


  15. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 1, 2010 8:43 pm:

    He never would have been able to defeat Aliens without it.


  16. Marc
    wrote on at July 2, 2010 12:09 am:

    This new story is supposed to be updating her origin too, right? My guess is that this is just supposed to be a previously unseen costume from early in her career, and DC is milking it for way more publicity than it’s worth.


  17. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 2, 2010 12:15 am:

    Does the updated origin take place in “past” continuity or is she starting again right now? She does look younger.


  18. Marc
    wrote on at July 2, 2010 12:51 am:

    I would assume it takes place in the “past.” Then again, they did a hard reboot of the character after Crisis on Infinite Earths so who knows?


  19. JohngPR
    wrote on at July 10, 2010 8:58 am:

    I’m more against them changing her origin than I am the Costume. A costume you can change back easily, an origin….not so much.

    It’s an ok costume, I don’t have a strong opinion about it one way or another.


  20. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 10, 2010 10:33 am:

    I heard that the new story might [spoiler]have something to do with her getting back to her proper timeline, IE, her origin should still be the same when the arc is done? I’d assume that’s what they’re doing anyway, cause even they gotta know that it’s crazy to mess with WW. Disrupts the WHOLE dcu.[/spoiler]


  21. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 11, 2010 5:23 pm:

    Is that spoiler tag breaking the forum layout for anyone else?


  22. Marc
    wrote on at July 12, 2010 1:06 am:



  23. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 12, 2010 1:08 am:

    What’s it doing for you? is it just jumping around a little bit or does it make the whole page fall apart?


  24. Marc
    wrote on at July 14, 2010 12:40 am:

    It wasn’t on this page, actually, it was on the page displaying menu listing the different threads. I can’t recall exactly what it was doing now, but it was showing the text of the entire supposedly-spoiler-tagged part on that menu for all to see.


  25. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 14, 2010 1:01 am:

    yeah! that’s what it was doing for me as well.


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