For the first time since her original entry into the world of superhero comics in 1941, Wonder Woman has her own record-breaking blockbuster movie. Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is the best-known and most enduring female superhero of all time. The only live action version of Wonder Woman prior to Gal Gadot’s debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice last year was the 1975 TV show starring Lynda Carter, which I grew up watching in the 1980s. I don’t remember much of it apart from the theme music, but I did have a Wonder Woman outfit that I wore as often as my parents would let me.
I have already seen the new Wonder Woman movie twice, and I absolutely loved it. However, it shames me to admit I have never read the comics. So I did what I always do when I need to catch up on my reading: I turned to my library.
With over seventy-five years worth of pop culture lore to explore, all with multiple timelines, crossovers, and divergent origin stories, it can be tricky to know where to begin. I decided to start at the beginning, with The Wonder Woman Archives. This is an omnibus collection of creator William Moulton Marsten’s first stories, which introduced the character in the 1940s.
The next significant run on Wonder Woman came from George Pérez, who rebooted the character in the 1980s. He reimagined Diana’s origin story and brought Greek mythology back to her roots. Movie director Patty Jenkins cited Pérez’s run alongside Marsten’s original creation of the character as her biggest influences for the current film.
One of the most popular recent takes on Wonder Woman belongs to Gail Simone, a seasoned comic book writer who has worked on many women-centric series such as Birds of Prey and Batgirl. Simone picked up Wonder Woman’s adventures in 2008.
The current series out right now is by Greg Rucka, part of the DC Universe’s “Rebirth” series. Rucka is an experienced veteran at comic book writing, and the newest issues of Wonder Woman coming out to coincidence with the movie are his stories.
I am looking forward to learning more about this legendary character, even though it seemed overwhelming at first. To see what else the Chesapeake Public Library has in our collection, search for “Wonder Woman” in our catalog!