DC Comics announced late Tuesday night that Wonder Woman, the most recognizable female super-hero in the world, will get a massive costume redesign and origin by DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee and incoming writer J. Michael Straczynski in Wonder Woman #600, to be published tomorrow.
The new costume does away with the one-piece swimsuit that has been Wonder Woman’s look almost constantly since the character debuted in 1941. Instead, she will sport sleek black pants and jacket over a red top. The iconic “W” she wears on her chest will be reduced in size and visual importance. Wonder Woman’s trademark bracelets, a hint to the character’s origins in fetishism, have been changed to more decorative—and voluntary—gauntlets. Any resemblances to the American flag have been removed almost entirely.
In a statement published on DC Comics’ blog, The Source, Straczynski explained the concept behind the new costume this way:
It’s a look designed to be taken seriously as a warrior, in partial answer to the many female fans over the years who’ve asked, “how does she fight in that thing without all her parts falling out?” She can close it up to pass unnoticed…open it for the freedom to fight…lose the jacket or keep it on…it has pockets (the other fan question, “where does she carry anything in that outfit?”… It can be accessorized… it’s a Wonder Woman look designed for the 21st century.
Wonder Woman #600 will feature an all-new take on the Amazonian princess by JMS. In this new interpretation, Diana was not raised on Paradise Island, but was sent to live in the modern world as a toddler in order to protect her from an immanent attack on the island. She has grown up in urban America and has only recently adopted the identity of Wonder Woman.
This appears to be a kind of complete reboot of the franchise, the second of Wonder Woman’s history. It is unclear how Straczynski or DC Comics intends to integrate this new version of the character with the rest of the DC universe, or how they plan to reconcile the character’s published history and continuity.
While this is a complete redesign of Wonder Woman’s costume, it does bear resemblances to other redesigns of the character (most prominently the jacketed look) from the 1990s.
Wonder Woman #600, written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Don Kramer and Michael Babinski, will be shipped to stores in Columbus on Wednesday, June 29.