It’s not like the Amazonian Princess had an iconic design to begin with (just a bit too American, no?). But the redesign by Jim Lee, for Wonder Woman’s #600 issue extravaganza, complete with an updated origin story courtesy of J. Michael Straczynski, makes Diana look like Jubliee from those early 90’s X-Men cartoons.
Salient points made by Topless Hero’s Rob Bricken, “First of all, the short jacket looks insanely ’90s, a dark time when the only thing superheroes wore more than jackets was pouches. Second of all, it appears she’s not wearing pants but leggings, and she’s not wearing shoes — just some little doohickeys. Third, and this may just be me, but the belt bothers me, because I don’t know if it’s part of the shirt, part of the leggings, or an actual, extremely oddly shaped belt. I don’t mind the guantlets, though.”
And by The Awl’s Maura Johnson, “The Times quotes Wonder Woman redesigner Jim Lee as saying that he wanted her to look stronger “without screaming, ‘I’m a superhero.’ ” All well and good, and it’s nice that her hair got toned down a bit, but doesn’t “stronger” also mean that the woman would have something resembling muscle tone?”
It’s amazing that DC failed on both her fashion aesthetic and keeping Wonder Woman as a symbol of female empowerment.