Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Marvel Comics Presents Wonder Woman

Some people may criticize me for writing about Marvel comics in a blog dedicated to a D.C. character. They say that it may be difficult for me to keep abreast of the latest in Wonder Woman when I don't even read D.C. on a regular basis. Well, you can all eat me. Here's why:

One of the comics I read religiously is Exiles. The premise, basically, was six alternate reality versions of dead X-Men travel to different realities to complete various missions. It's sort of like the television show Quantum Leap, only infinitely better, because it's got the best X-Man ever, Morph.

It started out as a spin-off of Scott Lobdell and Joe Madureira's The Astonishing X-Men, which, by the way, was the best four issues of X-Men ever. A full half of their current team is taken from that series, as you can see in the handy diagram below:

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Their roster has changed over the years. In fact, they are in the middle of a storyline in which their lineup is being dramatically changed (but, of course, keeping the three characters from the best X-Men story arc ever). Their new team had just finished forming in their latest issue:

You notice the woman in purple standing to the far right? That's the Exiles' newest member, Power Princess. She's an alternate reality version of Wonder Woman.

She originally appeared in Mark Gruenwald's masterwork, Squadron Supreme, which was his version of a Justice League story that he did for Marvel. The Squadron's members had pretty much the same powers and personalities as the League, but different names and costumes (for legal reasons more than anything else). I know what you purists are thinking. "So, she's not really Wonder Woman." I guess you have a point there. I suppose that if you're going to be such a literalist, then you can stick to just reading the real Wonder Woman comics that are printed by D.C.

That reminds me... what is going on in this month's Wonder Woman?

Oh, that's right. It's STILL CANCELED.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you aware that Wonder Woman comics will be published again come June 7th? DC had the date set before ending (not canceling) the last run.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Syd Bernstein said...

Sigh... Semantics, semantics. My point was only that Exiles is a good comic and that you can't read Wonder Woman now, so you might as well give it a try. The point still stands, but if it makes a difference to you, I'll change the wording.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No need. I apologize for doubting your Wonder Woman knowledge.
You're right about Exiles. It's a good comic for exactly the reasons it's so hard for Wonder Woman to be one, the sandbox they're playing in is nearly empty.

12:47 AM  

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