So yeah, I have now read and thoroughly enjoyed 6 volumes of the DC Earth One Graphic Novels. I have mentioned in other posts some of them. From the re-imagining of Superman into a young adult, social justice crusader out to better the world and Lex Luthor as the surviving part of the original L2 Duo of geniuses out to destroy him, to Batman to the Teen Titans, Earth One is what the New 52 should have been about.
Stripping away years of baggage, getting to the core of the character, the icon and presenting them freshly for the 21st century. If DC did their movies this way, they would be bankrupting the super hero wing of Disney Corp.
Anyway, today thanks to the wonders of the Calgary Public Library, I got to read Wonder Woman Earth One Volume One, and Grant Morrison and the crew hit it out of the park. This was not the dark murderous-Goddess of War B.S. of the new 52, it was truly re-imagining the origin/struggle of Princess Diana discovering a world outside of Paradise Island, and bridging two worlds, much like creator William Moulton Marston imagined. It is a story to show the error of gender stereotyping, show that violence is not the solution, but also the wonder of the world we usually ignore.
This may provide some spoilers, but know this as you enter in.
Steve Trevor re-imagined as an African-American Air Force Pilot is brilliant, especially with the subtle commentary on being sent on the weird mission into the Bermuda Triangle ( I will let the reader connect the dots on that one).
Queen Hippolyta’s PTSD/Fear of men working to victimize her daughter coming out of adolescence and wanting fear to be thrown off to enter into the world.C’mon one word: MEDUSA.
The chilling opening where Hercules has the Queen chained and degrading her, alluding to the abuse before, and the victory of Hippolyta breaking her bondage, ending her victimization.
The new take on Wonder Woman’s origin that shreds patriarchy.
The first time Diana steps into a U.S. Hospital and she is faced with the horrors of a medical system based on $$$$ money! Not compassion, need and healing…
To her sisters bringing her to trial for what they see as a crime in entering Man’s world…
To the final choice…Which world? Or Both?
So the question that is left open with this story, like our own lives, are we willing to take the leap of faith into the darkness knowing that our light will confuse it and transform it?
Are you ready?