Keep Calm...I'm Wonder Woman Picture

Wonder Woman, for all intents and purposes, is the third name in DC Comics' famous Trinity, following Superman and Batman. While her profile has diminished somewhat over the last decade (surpassed largely by Green Lantern who saw his stock raise significantly thanks to Geoff Johns stewardship of that franchise) there is no discounting the fact that as one of the earliest comic book superheroines, Diana will always be seen as a trailblazing figure who figures prominently in that hierarchy of DC heroes.

This is probably only the second time I've done a solo Wonder Woman picture in almost four or five years, and again it speaks volumes about the growing confidence in my abilities I've been having lately to think about and make these ideas a reality. Wonder Woman is not really a favorite of mine, and I usually rank her below Mary Marvel, Batgirl, Black Canary, and Power Girl as my favorite women of the DC Universe, but there is no denying her importance both as a leader (various incarnations of the Justice League), politician (princess and I believe was a United Nations ambassador at one point) and teacher (Mark Waid and Alex Ross provided one of the best portrayals of the character within the pages of their maxi-series Kingdom Come, a must read). But beneath those impressive character attributes lay a history much more problematic than that of Superman's and ranks just about near Hawkman, Donna Troy, and Power Girl's in terms of confusion. Post-Crisis, Wonder Woman met the other superheroes some time after they'd all began their careers (with Black Canary taking over Wonder Woman's spot as a founder of the JLA, not a bad switch as it allowed writers a chance to utilize the more modern and confident Black Canary portrayal as opposed to the ditzy blonde she had been in the 1960s) with the conceit that she was tied much more closely with Greek mythology than ever before, which was explored through out George Perez's time on the relaunched Wonder Woman solo title.

One of the problems with Wonder Woman is that her villains don't lend themselves to memorable recollections. There are various stories one can name off featuring her JLA comrades, but Diana, much like Aquaman for many years, seemed to be trapped by pop culture consciousness of the Lynda Carter TV show in the 1970s and the Super Friends cartoon, with the invisible jet, kid sidekicks, and Hostess Fruit Pies being what many recall all too quickly about Wonder Woman (that and the idea of transforming into her superheroic identity by spinning around rapidly seem to also dog her continuously). Certainly Giganta, Cheetah, Circe, and later Ares would give Wonder Woman her biggest troubles, but each one was primarily a JLA foe and outside of Ares did Wonder Woman do one on one combat with after their debut.

The most iconic image of Wonder Woman is her deflecting bullets with her magical bracelets, so this was a fun idea I've always wanted to try but was never quite sure how to. The ricochet effect comes from the pieces that were on the Superman Returns Invulnerable Superman figurine, ripped off and applied on to the bracelets. I'm happy that the idea, plus the usual lighting and posing, came across very well.
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