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Relaunched Wonder Woman is ‘a horror book,’ Brian Azzarello says

From Wonder Woman #1

If you’ve been worrying about what direction DC Comics’ beleaguered Wonder Woman title might take with the September relaunch, writer Brian Azzarello offers reassurance that likely will either leave you screeching with joy, or clutching your heart.

“People need to relax, she’s not wearing pants,” he tells the Coventry Telegraph. “But it’s not going to be a superhero book. I can guarantee you that, it’s not a superhero book. It’s a horror book.”

That, of course, puts into perspective the solicitation text for the first three issues of the series, by Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang, which has been sprinkled with … well, let’s call it foreboding. Plus, there’s the cover for November’s Issue 3.

However, if the idea of Wonder Woman as horror doesn’t exactly instill you with confidence — I’m intrigued by the possibility — there’s the insistence by Azzarello that this is a “soft reboot,” meaning he and Chiang aren’t jettisoning the character’s history. But more importantly, there’s his assertion that DC’s “Trinity” concept hasn’t really worked — “There’s Superman and there’s Batman and there’s everybody else” — but that it can.

“The first issue’s all done and we’re running right up to the edge, as far as what we can get away with,” Azzarello tells the newspaper. “We’re pushing the envelope with this one. I firmly believe that that’s what this character needs right now.”

Wonder Woman #1 arrives in stores on Sept. 21.

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Hearing this, I’ll now be giving WW a go in the relaunch. I wasn’t interested before.

Azzarello: the writer who reflects every comic fans’ right to an opinion on comics and characters without having had read any of the comics he’s discussing.

we can only hope this is as good as his Superman run….

I look forward to the precipitous drop-off in readership on this title when that old fear of being seen buying a comic featuring Wonder Woman returns by November.

“when that old fear of being seen buying a comic featuring Wonder Woman returns by November.”

Huh. Is that a genuine phenomenon? If so, that’s a pretty sorry reason not to buy a book.

Sam Robards, Comic Fan

August 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

I’m very interested in this title, and that’s coming from a guy who’s never bought a Wonder Woman book before.

Though I kinda liked the pants. Can’t they do half and half? Like if she goes to the Arctic, she wears the pants. If she’d in Bermuda, she wears the granny panties. A situation-based wardrobe is what I’m asking for, I guess.

Either way, I’ll be picking this up come September!

It’s not a superhero comic? That’s a silly and mildly pretenious thing to say. Why isn’t it a “superhero book”? Because she’s not stopping bank robbers? Wonder Woman’s a super hero character and any comic she’s in is a “super hero book” horror story overtones, themes, what-have-you, or not.

NOW I’m getting Wonder Woman lol. I wanted to, but couldn’t find a reason, and now I do.

Might as well try it. The title has been a waste since Rucka left, and even then it didn’t seel that well. Conisdering the creatures of horror that populate Greek mythology this has a certain logic to it.

Hopefully pushing the envelope is sex and not violence. Sticking a spear in someone’s gut so it comes out their back was old 15 years ago.

So sex is okay but not violence? Not sure I follow or understand why one graphic idea is better than the other. I would rather have a book with excessive violence than sex; that’s what porn is for. Of course, I’d rather have a book that doesn’t do either but just tells a great story.

I_Captain Blanco

August 22, 2011 at 11:11 am

I haven’t liked Wonder Woman since Rucka left, either (though the Dodsons and Nicola Scott did turn in some awfully pretty artwork during their respective tenures on the book). But this is just a weird enough take on it to be good–or at the very least, interesting. Will definitely be getting this.

This is and has been the most interesting book announced out of the 52 due to the profile of the character and the creative team involved. Somewhat seems like a Nu Marvel era thought behind it.

Superheroes are a pretty flexible lot. You can tell nearly any type of story with them in it.

Unfortunitely, it doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of interesting stories being told with, atleast at the Big 2.
With the exception of Batman Inc., Daredevil, FF, and Avengers Academy, seems like there’s a bit of a dryspell.
The relaunch atleast presents some chances at improving that.
This take on Wonder Woman seems like one of them.
I’ll be picking up a copy.

I agree with JohnP.

Hutchimus, it’s all about approach. He’s not approaching it as a typical “superhero” book, and if not, then it’s wise of him to get that out there right away that, no, this is not your grandfather’s Wonder Woman comic.

Oh yeah… That’s what I think of when I hear Wonder Woman…

Tales of Suspense… Weird Tales… Crypt of Dracula… Wonder #%#$%^#$% WOMAN!!!

Seriously??

Brian Azzarello “People need to relax, she isn’t wearing pants.”

Nice… way to reassure all the people that don;t actually give a crap about WW’s CHARACTER, and rather just that they have something to oggle while “reading,” if they actually read the stories.

PBX, no it’s not about approach, it’s about belittling the genre. Wonder Woman is a super hero who stars in a “super hero book” whether she’s fighting bank robber or monsters. If Azzarello has trouble with that concept, perhaps he should stick to Vertigo books.

I’m flashing back to 1969-’71, when DC (well, mostly Mike Sekowsky) experimented with supernatural weirdness in Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Superboy, Flash, Batman, Challengers of the Unknown, and (of all things) Metal Men. Some of these worked better than others.

Considering that a lot of Shojo Mangas managed to get the psychological tropes of horror very well, I’m certainly interested in what possible directions Wonder Woman could possibly take. Lord knows there’s all kinds of things on Paradise Island that could go horribly horribly wrong. Riding kangaroos and hunting amazons dressed as deer, anyone?
http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/598141.html

In addition, there’s mind control, bondage and masculinity issues. This could be the kind of thing that could raise the bar for horror being truly frightening, and not something to laugh at.

I still haven’t had a chance to check this out yet. Never really been a fan of WW.

Chris – Supposed to be big changes to Wonder Woman. Look out for the new Superman / Wonder Woman series.

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