Wonder Woman (1987) - #1
"The Princess and the Power!"
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Dr. William Moulton Marston
Bruce D. Patterson
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Cover Date: February 1987
Cover Price: US $ 0.75
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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue
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Revitalizes the story told in All Star Comics #8. You know the one: Women. Island. Tournament. Disapproving mother. Masked Diana. Victory. Unmasked Diana. Worried mother. Grudging reward. Braclets. Bullets. Costume. End.Only, it's not quite that...simple. This time around, Amazonian history is on full display, as are the relationships between the Amazons and the (Greek) Gods. The gods themselves are characters here, the relationship between Ancient Greece and the now-named Amazonian city of Themyscira is defined. The origin story of Diana and the tournament is still only a few pages long, as it was in the original, but the Amazons themselves, and Diana's place in the historical scheme of things, is given genuine consideration here for the first time.
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First appearance of the current Wonder Woman continuity. Gone was "Diana Prince", US intelligence operative (and undercover spy for Paradise Island), in preference to "HRH Princess Diana, occasional goddess, and Ambassador of Themyscira to the United Nations. This issue, and certainly the first few years of the new title, paves the way for her mother, Hippolyta, to assume the mantle of "occasional Wonder Woman who mostly wore the uniform in the Golden Age". In other words, P?rez lays down a way by which most of the Golden Age appearances are retconned so as to have happened to Hippolyta, rather than Diana. This sorta works, but there are some stories of the Golden Age--typically which feature both Hippolyta and Diana--which simply have to be retconned out of existence to make any sense at all.A good rule of thumb when dealing with Wonder Woman: forget about the Golden Age, and much of the Silver Age. For all intents and purposes, the story starts here, with this issue. Unlike Superman and Batman who have intriguing elements in their Silver and Golden Age pasts that are coming back into vogue, there's nothing so sacred about the Wonder Woman past that P?rez hasn't done better.
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