The infamous Grant Morrison gives us his take on Wonder Woman’s origin story in Wonder Woman: Earth One. Don’t expect this interpretation to be innocent and clean; Morrison just isn’t that way. The comic begins with Wonder Woman, also known as Diana, on trial in her homeland. Always wanting something more, Diana discovers a soldier on the edge of the island. Men are not allowed in Paradise City, but rather than see him flounder and die, Diana defies orders and gets herself an invisible plane to return him to The Land of Men. There she discovers that women are left to rot in hospitals and that Paradise is very far away. She rescues a bus of sassy sorority sisters from certain doom, fights mythical creatures that come after her new friends, and returns to stand trial for not only going to the Land of Men but informing them of the existence of Amazons.
While overall, this edition of Wonder Woman was a breathe of fresh air, there were a few odds and ends that left me wincing. On the good side, we have Diana admitting that yes, she did in fact have a female lover back at home. Diana is believable in her unstoppable power and just vulnerable enough to give her more human characteristics. She’s smart, learns quickly, and is loyal. Also, Wonder Woman: Earth One is a very modern take that allows for feminine sexuality and a hilarious sorority sister who describes Diana’s life as coming from “a Paradise Island of Science Fiction Lesbians with a side of bondage.” I laughed out loud. Then, we have the downsides. Who knew that an island full of women would be so cruel about a fat girl? At least four times, the ladies of Paradise Island point out the hilarious sorority sister’s weight. Yes, this includes Diana herself. As a woman who struggles to find bras at Victoria Secret and is more comfortable with a dress from Lane Bryant, I winced. Can you please let us Wonder Woman not be a fat-shamer? There’s also the fact that this volume is full of women in unnatural positions to accent their sexuality. Yes, we understand the women of Paradise Island practice the love of Sappho. No, we don’t need to see them in positions found only in porn. A beautiful woman in charge of her sexuality is a great thing; I don’t necessarily want to feel like I’m looking at an adult magazine when I’m reading a comic about one of the greatest modern symbols of female empowerment. Sure, we could segue into the fact that Wonder Woman has always had elements of bondage, but that’s another article for another time.
Wonder Woman: Earth One is a solid read, but definitely feels way too adult for a younger audience. Adults will enjoy the comic, but keep the young ones away from this volume.
Wonder Woman: Earth One is available April 12, 2016