Wonder Woman Gets Redesigned

It’s not like the Amazonian Princess had an iconic design to begin with (just a bit too American, no?).  But the redesign by Jim Lee, for Wonder Woman’s #600 issue extravaganza,  complete with an updated origin story courtesy of  J. Michael Straczynski, makes Diana look like Jubliee from those early 90’s X-Men cartoons. 


Salient points made by Topless Hero’s Rob Bricken, “First of all, the short jacket looks insanely ’90s, a dark time when the only thing superheroes wore more than jackets was pouches. Second of all, it appears she’s not wearing pants but leggings, and she’s not wearing shoes — just some little doohickeys. Third, and this may just be me, but the belt bothers me, because I don’t know if it’s part of the shirt, part of the leggings, or an actual, extremely oddly shaped belt. I don’t mind the guantlets, though.”

And by The Awl’s Maura Johnson, “The Times quotes Wonder Woman redesigner Jim Lee as saying that he wanted her to look stronger “without screaming, ‘I’m a superhero.’ ” All well and good, and it’s nice that her hair got toned down a bit, but doesn’t “stronger” also mean that the woman would have something resembling muscle tone?”

It’s amazing that DC failed on both her fashion aesthetic and keeping Wonder Woman as a symbol of female empowerment.

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  • WILL CHEN June 30, 2010, 5:52 pm

    this recton will be retconned in a few years.

    back to the swimsuit! and why jim lee he's one of the WORST costume designers ever.

    • jamesfurbush June 30, 2010, 6:17 pm

      Couldn't agree more on both accounts. It's just puzzling. They should've thrown in some pink Blue Blockers for good measure…