"WONDER GIRL #1
Story and Art by LEE LESLIE
24 pg (FC) ONGOING
It's just another day at the Royal Palace of Themyscira for Princess Diana until a fire-breathing dragon interrupts her afternoon study session! Can she save her friends, teacher, and (most importantly) her homework? And how is she going to explain this mess to her overprotective mother? And who ever said being a Princess was easy?!"
I was recently asked to contribute to the art blog DC Fifty-Too, which asked independent comic creators what they would do at the helm of a particular DC Comics' relaunched book. My choice was pretty clear thanks to Eleanor's recent obsession with Wonder Woman. So I set out to make the Wonder Woman book she would most like to read. Sadly, there is very little media out there for the young Wonder Woman fan, there's a couple of books (which Eleanor really likes) but no cartoons, comics, or movies. Sure, there's a PG - 13 direct to DVD movie that features a pretty graphic scene where Wonder Woman is faced to fight an army of her recently deceased (and now decaying) sisters, but to find a kid appropriate Wonder Woman show you have to go back to the cancelled Justice League cartoon show, or even further back to Super Friends and Linda Carter.
That's just the long way of saying that Wonder Woman is a really easy sell to those young girls obsessed with the Disney Princesses. She's an actual Princess (she's got a tiara and everything!) but she kicks way more ass than Ariel ever could. DC Comics and Warner Brothers could make so much money off Dads like me it's not even funny.
So here's my Wonder Woman. Set before she leaves Paradise Island, where she's just a rambunctious teen with an over-protective mom. Her Island home might be Paradise, but that doesn't mean it's not also home to all sorts of mythological creatures and villains. Most of the costume changes are pretty minor. I changed the red on her costume to pink at the suggestion of my daughter, and I think it's a nice way of differentiating between young Princess Diana and Wonder Woman. I also extended her famously low cut top to her shoulders while still maintaining the classic Wonder Woman neck-line.
***You can see the original black and white line art for the cover at my Etsy store, where it can also be purchased.***