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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 

Wash. Post fawns over Brian Azzarello's take on Wonder Woman

The Washington Post spoke to Brian Azzarello about his rendition of WW, which isn't very good. They begin by saying:
ONE OF THE most interesting storylines to come out of DC Comics’s New 52 is the current storyline going on in the pages of Wonder Woman, written by Brian Azzarello of 100 Bullets fame.
It's more like one of the most embarrassing storylines.
Azzarello’s Wonder Woman delves much deeper into Greek mythology than previous incarnations of the character, and finds her dealing with one revelation after another that change the worlds and people she always thought she knew.
It doesn't go deeper so much as it becomes more revolting. Instead of depicting the Amazons as kindly and with a heart, they turned them into sadistic monsters (which happened even before Flashpoint, in the Amazons Attack miniseries). Even if that's closer to some of the ancient tales from Greek mythology, that doesn't make for good storytelling.
David Betancourt: Wonder Woman has been one of the most [distinctive] New 52 titles for DC Comics. Can you talk about what led you to use the approach of Wonder Woman's history merged with Greek mythology?

Brian Azzarello: It was always there before [Greek mythology] — it just was more high-school Greek mythology and [not the] blood-and-guts and gods-are-awful-beings mythology.
Oh please. That's little more than a put-down of the older material, his way of saying the family-friendly approach wasn't good enough. If it's distinctive, it's in a very bad way.
DB: You've really wrapped your hands around the things that made Diana who she was, and molded them to be things we didn't expect. Diana wasn't made of clay in your story. She has a father. We know now why Paradise Island is all women. Would you say Diana is a much more complex character now?

BA: I don’t think she’s more complex, but her world is definitely now more complex. We really set out to create a backdrop for her. Something that is just as important as Gotham or Metropolis.
About as complex as a pebble, I'd say. Back in 1987, she did have an Earth residence just as good as Gotham and Metropolis, even if Boston by contrast is a real life city. Wherever she's living on Earth now, the darkening of her world proper renders it all less so. Turning the Amazons of the DCU into savages, the other deities more corrupt and giving WW a father instead of being made of enchanted clay only renders them less imaginative, and isn't wrapping his hands around them in a good way one bit. It's just a lot of disrespect for William Marston's original vision.

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Indeed, I've paged through his run on Wonder Woman at bookstores and put it back on the shelf in disgust. I couldn't believe at how pathetic the series was. I'll stick to George Perez and Bill Loebs' run on the series, thank you very much. At least those were good and didn't have shock value gore and that sort of thing.

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