Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Wonder Woman

After Bat-man and Superman, it's the turn of the woman of wonder herself. This time with a hefty dose of re-imagining as well...
Deana was the Princess of Themyscira, a hidden island somewhere just South of the Aegean Sea. The island and its people - an ancient, isolated, matriarchal society - grew rich during Ancient times, becoming a trading hub for the Greeks, Phoenicians, Egyptians and Romans. The women of Themyscira, who built and fought, traded and travelled, became the basis of the legend of the Amazons in local myth. Another legend was that the Themysciran's had somehow found the key to immortality, as all of the island's inhabitants seemed to live unnaturally long lives. This lead to many invasions, all of them thwarted by the warrior women... but not without cost. The rare plant, whose oil granted extended life and health, and which only grew on Themyscira was safe... however, Deana's mother Hyppolita was slain. The people of the island decided to cut themselves off completely from the rest of the world, transferring their civilisation underground in a labyrinthine network of tunnels and caves. Their near-immortal culture remained preserved until the second world war, when an army base was set up on the apparently deserted island and bombed, revealing the hidden 'Amazons' to the modern age.
Deana, possessing superhuman strength and durability afforded her by thousands of years using the special oil, fought against the Axis powers to defend her people and, indirectly, the Allied soldiers. A formidable athlete and fighter, Deana was dubbed 'Wonder Woman' by the grateful soldiers, who gave her the nickname in part due to the stylised Royal Pheonix emblem of her family, engraved on her tunic and girdle. She went on to fight during the war and re-introduced Themyscira to the rest of the world. Much later on, she met a certain super-powered farm boy and a mysterious cloaked vigilante, to form a very special team...


1 comment:

Bobby said...

A very different take that works do well. Love it!