As a long-time reader of Birds of Prey, I was disappointed when writer Gail Simone left the series. Her love for the characters showed — and she was one of the few female comic book writers working on a superhero title. But soon after, DC announced that Simone’s next project would be none other than the story of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman.
Shortly after the announcement, Simone summed up her feelings about Wonder Woman. “This book is about the best goddamned warrior planet Earth has ever known, and she happens to carry a mystical arsenal around just for the hell of it. If a writer can’t make that interesting and fun, they really shouldn’t be writing superheroes.”
Do I hear an amen?
With the release of her first issue (No. 14), which hit the stands two weeks ago, Simone becomes the first female ongoing writer in Wonder Woman‘s 66-year history.
In an interview with The New York Times this week, Simone sounds just as enthusiastic about Diana as she was when she first got the gig.
My first encounter with Simone’s writing was Killer Princesses, a very funny Oni Press series that poked fun at the beautiful-but-brainless female characters who often appear in comics. It’s worth a read, especially if you enjoy Simone’s brand of humor.
I have to admit, I have abandoned Wonder Woman in recent years. But No. 14 is a good place to rejoin the Diana Prince fan club — and Gail Simone is a good reason. Who’s with me? What do you Wonder Woman fans think of Simone’s first issue?