When it comes to comics history, there aren't many things stranger than the stories that exist for heroes that got their starts in the 1930s and ’40s. There are obviously a lot of reasons for this—comics were a brand new medium and superheroes were a brand-new concept, things like continuity and shared universes didn't exist—you get the idea.
In a world where heroes and villains with extraordinary abilities from magical locations or alien planets exist, how do you draw a line of belief? It's a question for the readers and for the characters in WONDER WOMAN VOL. 3: THE TRUTH by writer Greg Rucka and artists Liam Sharp, Renato Guedes and Bilquis Evely. Diana is confronted with an internal enemy rather than one she can lasso and punch.
You’ve heard of Batman’s sidekick Robin, and I’m willing to bet you’re pretty familiar with Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, but do you know Wonder Woman’s best friend Etta Candy?
If you answered “no,” that’s all right, you’re definitely not alone. Etta was one of DC’s earliest sidekicks, and one of the first female supporting characters in super hero comics who wasn’t a love interest or a villain—but she’s also got some truly weird and wild history, which can make her just a little challenging to understand at first glance.
It’s been Diana who’s been in wonder through much of “Year One,” the Greg Rucka/Nicola Scott storyline that continues in this week’s WONDER WOMAN #12. Ever since she arrived in the world of man, the Amazonian princess has been astounded by what our world has to offer…as well as shocked by the violence mankind is capable of. After working with Steve Trevor and Etta Candy to subdue a terrorist attack, Diana tests her newly acquired abilities as Steve’s superiors look for answers about the incident.
It may not be set within the DC Universe or have anything to do with this summer’s “Rebirth.” But THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN is equally essential reading. Written by Renae De Liz and drawn by De Liz along with Ray Dillon, the series is a reimagining of Wonder Woman’s origin that’s driven by De Liz’s reputation as a gifted fantasy writer (she’s adapted both Peter Pan and The Last Unicorn as graphic novels) and bolstered by Dillon’s vibrant colors.