July 9, 2012
Judging the New 52 #2: Wonder Woman
I was ambivalent about the relaunched Wonder Woman at first, as Azarrello stripped away a very cool origin (Diana being created by Amazons out of clay - a woman born by other women and not by a man) and replaced it with a much more stereotypical one (Diana is one of the many illegitimate children of the god Zeus). The fact this change was made by an all-male creative team made it seem even less palatable. Over the past 10 issues, however, I've been sold: this is a bold, interesting take on Wonder Woman and I'm finding myself increasingly keen to read each issue as it is released.
While it's a good comic, it is still an unusual one: how has this affected sales?
It's interesting that sales increased from the first issue of the New 52 Wonder Woman to the second, before dropping sharply. I think this is probably due to the fairly strong acclaim the first issue received, leading to a few new readers checking it out, but it is a very distinct comic that won't be to all tastes, hence the sharp drop in the third and fourth issues. (EDIT: the incomparable Wolverina points out very sensibly in the comments below that stripping Diana of her feminist origins and replacing it with one that fits a rich tradition of marginalising female characters may have had more to do with it. It's a fair point.)