December posting meme! chaila
asked "What were the first Diana comics you read, what got you into them, what have you read since then, etc. Your personal Wonder Woman history. Plus favourite Wonder Woman stories!"
DIANAAAAA! ♥ I can't actually remember why I started reading Wonder Woman. It was fairly early on in my comics reading adventures and I'd mostly been reading Gail Simone's stuff up to that point (plus Cass's Batgirl series. CASSSS) so possibly I was following her? It's also equally likely that I vaguely wanted to read some Wonder Woman and the Simone stuff was both recommended and in the library. (A lot of my comics reading choices are to do with what's in the library.) So I read the first trade, The Circle, and completely fell for Wondy when she said "I know exactly who I am, Toliphar. Vengeance is for those who do not." It just felt so refreshing to be reading about a hero, especially a female hero, with that level of self-knowledge, certainty and compassion. ♥
Here I have to explain something about my fandom habits. I don't tend to do the thing where I start to love something and must read all the things immediately, I'm quite happy to meander slowly through the canon, knowing I'll get there eventually. (I think this is because once I love something fannishly, I love it forever, more or less. My actual degree of interest and engagement may vary, but the love is still there.) So I ambled slowly through the rest of Gail Simone's run and then sort of... stopped. But by then I had read some of Greg Rucka's stuff, so I knew I wanted to read his Wonder Woman too, so eventually, mostly through dedicated ebay stalking, I read all of that. And I LOVED it, but it still took me over a year to read the whole thing.
Since then I've mostly been reading Perez's run, which I haven't finished yet, and also various other bits and pieces. I've read some of the early forties stuff, which has a sort of charming innocence to a lot of it (I was reading the first few issues when the news about what the New 52 had done to her origins hit and I kind of wanted to apologise to them. :/). It can also be pretty racist and sexist, though, and although Etta Candy is kind of amazing, it's full of references to how much she likes sweets, how much other people think she should lose weight, etc etc etc. :(
I also read and enjoyed Smallville's Wonder Woman arc recently. It's given her a somewhat different backstory, but it doesn't feel like it's been done in a mean spirited or sexist way: a lot of the elements are still there, but jumbled up and played around with. It feels more like it's taking it as read that her origin story is iconic and that we will recognise and ENJOY recognising bits of it when they reappear in slightly different contexts. (Parts of it are also SUPER CUTE.) Also, it's less loaded because it's Smallville, mucking around with stuff like that is just what they do. I love how the first time we see Wondy, she's saving another woman (Clark's mother, who is a senator now, because Smallville). ♥ (There's also a Lois related bit that I really like, but it's kind of a spoiler...)
Favourite stories! Well, obviously The Hiketeia
is up there. It's so good, and I love how it really commits to telling a serious story about Wonder Woman, with no feeling that it needs to make excuses for the fact that it's a comic. It conveys Rucka's faith in Wonder Woman and her ability to carry a story about honour, compassion, duty and moral complexity. ♥
Generally, I also really like the beginning of all the runs I've read. Not because I thought they went downhill after that, but because it's really exciting to see a writer who really loves Wonder Woman setting out what they're going to do with her and what angle they're going to take. I especially love how in Down to Earth
Rucka sets up Diana as a public figure, which is such an important theme in his run, and also the ambassadorial stuff is probably my favourite take on her. I love that we see her trying to fulfil her mission of peace to our world by modelling the kind of person we should aspire to be, and how that can be hard sometimes but it's so important to her. The Circle
, as I've said, was where I fell in love with Wonder Woman and began to understand who she is and why she's great, so it will always have a special place in my heart for that reason. And with Gods and Mortals
it was really great seeing how much care and effort was put into establishing Wonder Woman and setting up her supporting cast.
I also really love that one issue where Lois interviews Diana and we get to see how she appears through her eyes, and how she goes from kind of resenting her to understanding, respecting and liking her. ♥
That was a lot of words about Wonder Woman that didn't even really touch on what I like about her! But - spoiler - I'm planning to do that when I get to "Top five comics characters" day, because OBVIOUSLY Wondy has to be in there. :D