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A (Perhaps) Unnecessary Guide to Diana Prince

I wrote this one in June of 2006 (and I had written a similar piece on another site in April of 2005), so you know I am super pleased to announce that DC is, in fact, releasing a trade collection of this Wonder Woman run in February 2008. Awesome.

The events of Wonder Woman #1 are steeped in nostalgia, and there is a chance that a small portion of the comic book readership is not steeped in late 60s/early 70s comic book stories (I know, I know, with the current comic book audience, it’s only a small chance), so I figured it’d be nice for a little refresher on what I think is one of the coolest eras in Wonder Woman history, one which I feel quite lucky enough to have read (there really, really, REALLY should be a trade collecting these issues).

With no further ado, let’s get down to the tale of Diana Prince – the NEW Wonder Woman! Continue Reading »

A (Perhaps Unnecessary) Guide to Oracle’s Formative Years

This originally appeared at The Great Curve in 2005, but as that site no longer exists, I thought it’d be nice to have this piece appear where folks could read it. Enjoy!

I don’t think folks know enough of Oracle’s backstory, so I figure I should lay it out for you.

Our story begins in May of 1988, with the publication of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke.

In this much-hyped event, the Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon, formerly known as the heroine Batgirl (Barbara had given up the identity in a Batgirl Special earlier that year by Barbara Kesel, to pave the way for the Killing Joke. The idea was to give her a quick presence before the Killing Joke so that the event would have more of an “impact,” as it were).

Almost immediately, Kim Yale had a problem with the comic. Continue Reading »


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