The New Wonder Woman Has Wrist Daggers

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By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

 

Sensation Comics debuted Amazon Princess and superheroine Wonder Woman in the summer of 1942. The first sketches of the feminist super-icon were of a beautiful woman with bare shoulders and arms (Oh my!) and a skirt that showed quite a bit of leg (Oh my again!). But creator William Marston’s wife argued against the skirt concept. Something about the skirt flying off if she engaged in any sort of action at all—VALID POINT, Mrs. Marston. So Wonder Woman ended up in, get this…culottes. WONDER CULOTTES.

 

The Wonder Culottes were eventually drawn as loose-fitting shorts- so functional, and they looked like they breathed really well. And then into the tight-fitting shorts. And then into the Wonder underpants -Wunderpants?-that stayed around for quite awhile. Quick sidenote: We need to talk about that time in the 1960s when she gave up her powers and opened her own boutique business. The epitome of the late-60s modern feminist woman. She looked like Emma Peel from “The Avengers” half of the time, and the other half of the time she wore a white pantsuit over a turtleneck sweater. Just yes. So much dignity. So much style.

 

The point being that the evolution of the Wonder Woman costume has been vast over the past seven decades or so since her first appearance. So it isn’t all that surprising that yet another costume change is on the horizon for our Amazonian Princess.

 

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HITFIX announced on Thursday that DC would premiere a new Wonder Woman outfit in June, created by David Finch. Wonder Woman #41 has a new look, and there seems to be quite a few updates to the quintessential Wondie suit.

 

Lynda Carter’s iconic turn as Wonder Woman featured a lot of thigh over knee-high boots, bare shoulders and arms, and lots of cleavage. And of course the bulletproof bracelets! And then there was that epic tiara that she could make into a boomerang!

 

The tiara is still a huge part of the new #41 costume, as are the bracelets, but with a deadly departure from the usual golden wristlets we’re used to seeing. Now there are long blades jutting out over Wondie’s awesome woman fists. Heretofore, I will be calling these WRIST DAGGERS.

 

And now the question on every WW fan’s lips: But are they retractable?? They look like they are. And they should be. It’s more functional that way. And if Wonder Woman has proven anything these last seventy or so years she’s been around, besides that she’s a badass, it’s that she is functional. (I am obviously referring to the Wonder Culottes.)

 

This is one of the first times, to my knowledge, that our favorite Amazon Princess has been given legitimate deadly weapons as part of her costume, aside from a few renditions in which they give her a sword, but that isn’t typically a part of her arsenal.  Other Wondie accessories: an unbreakable golden lasso that she uses to force puny humans to tell the truth, her boomerang tiara, and her beautiful, powerful woman fists.

 

Does Wonder Woman’s epic use of a skateboard in season 3 of the TV show count as an accessory? I think it should. One of the best chase scenes in television history: Wonder Woman in her Wonder elbow and knee pads and Wonder helmet, chasing after the bad guy’s getaway car on a skateboard. “You’re not gonna believe this, but there’s some broad on a skateboard comin’ after us.” Classic.

 

The wrist daggers seem like a pretty big deal in that respect. Wonder Woman could do some serious damage with those. Deadly damage. Is there a specific reason Finch chose to go in this direction? Are the wrist daggers going to be used for something in particular? Or are they mostly aesthetic to make us all go crazy before the comic premieres? We won’t know until June, but there is sure to be a lot of speculation before then as far as the wrist daggers are concerned.

 

And then there is the fact that the only skin we see is Wondie’s face and her powerful woman fists. That’s absolutely brand spanking new—never done before. No breastplate showing cleavage. No Wunderpants with lots of thigh. Her shoulders and arms aren’t even bare. Finch has clad his new Wonder Woman in a navy blue body suit underneath her regular Wondie armor. And let’s talk about the golden armor shoulder pads. Wow. So awesome. The blues and reds he used are a much deeper, darker hue. Is that a hint at darker themes in #41? Again, we won’t know until June.

 

One thing’s for sure: This reveal has set the Wonder Woman fandom’s brains on fire. My brain is on fire. Is your brain on fire? Let us know in the comments!

 

Oh and just one more thing: WONDAH WOMUUUUUUUUUN!!!!

 


    3 Comments

  1. NicoleMarch 13th, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Stellar article! Can’t wait for more! 😀

  2. JudyMarch 13th, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I am now really looking forward to the new WW comic….great story line!

  3. nikMarch 13th, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I’m not sure I remember the last time I read anything with the word Culottes in it. But there it is… and in CAPS no less. Who says the pen isn’t mightier than the… ??? … wrist daggers??

    All that remains to be asked is how awesome Yvonne Strahovski will look in the Red and Blue.

    It WILL be Yvonne won’t it ???? Of course it will 😉

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