Charlie Anders – who is, after meeting her last Thursday, definitely on the Official Blog@Newsarama 10 Most Awesome People Ever list (San Francisco Chapter) – is thinking about Wonder Woman:
I was realizing the other day that Wonder Woman is my favorite comic character, but I own very few Wonder Woman comics. I have the hardcover Archives volumes that cover the early 1940s issues, but that’s about it… I didn’t start buying comics regularly until sometime in the 90s, when I picked up tons and tons of back issues for a dime each, pretty much indiscriminately buying stuff until I found what I liked. I never got into buying Wonder Woman’s comic because it always seemed a bit joyless and dull. I read a few issues around the time when she defeated intergalactic slavers and then came back to Earth and got a job at a Taco Bell because she needed money and had no work experience. I sort of liked those issues. But by the time I was reading comics regularly, she was being replaced with a boring red-haired tough chick, and then John Byrne took over writing her comic. Those issues were unbelievably, just horrendously bad. And then a blur of various writers I wasn’t interested in, until Greg Rucka took over. I read a lot of the Rucka issues from the quarter bin, but they never really resonated with me for whatever reason. The new series lost my interest the moment it filled Wonder Woman with boring angst about letting people down and how it’s bad to decapitate people, blah blah blah.
Wonder Woman should be the most fun comic book character ever. Instead, she’s the most boring. Why is this?
She goes on to offer some possible reasons (and then unfairly disses Catwoman, who’s been much more interesting since Brubaker did a revamp on her). Worth a read.