Oct. 23rd, 2015

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"I look at the world and see so many people act unethically. My fiction is often an attempt to interrogate that. Why do we, as humans, make all these mistakes? Because all those monsters are just people too, and doing it for one reason for another – just awful, awful reasons. I obsess over it." -- Kieron Gillen

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Yes, I know it's been ages since World of Wondy was ever a thing, but to tell you all the truth, it was one of my favorite attractions on this site, and what eventually convinced me to give Perez's Wonder Woman run a second go-round after I gave up somewhere in the middle of Challenge of the Gods.

Having now read up to the first annual (according to some, the best Perez's run is ever going to get), my general thoughts are still kinda on the ehhh side. I know that this run was a godsend compared to what poor Diana had to deal with for the forty or so years after Marston's death, and Perez brought an endless fountain of Legitimately Cool Ideas to the table, but the execution struck me as ridiculously stuffy and dry compared to what Byrne's Superman and Miller's Batman were up to back then.

Until I hit issue #20. At which point I started bawling like a baby.

Okay, so I might be in something of a minority when I saw that I unabashedly love Myndi Mayer. The half-dozen people on the Internet who still remember she of the giant forehead generally have opinions ranging from apathy to outright dislike, which was probably Perez's intent from the start, but all I saw was the funnest member of the cast. She was kind of an asshole, yeah, but rarely (if ever) an asshole about being an asshole. And in a setting where all the other good guys are Mature, Responsible (And Very, Very Boring) Adults, that goes a long way toward making an impression.

And for the record - I knew her days were numbered long beforehand. Browsing covers on Comicvine will do that to ya, and Perez was not in the general vicinity of fucking around when he drew this one.

Cover for Wonder Woman #20 (1988)

I knew she was going to die. I even knew how she was going to die. And reading that issue was still like a kick to the teeth.

So here's something of a tribute to this most underrated part of Wondy's supporting cast, that you all might understand why I loved her so much. Or point and laugh. Either one.

Warning: blood, drugs, and lots of 80s-tastic fashions. )
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Four numbered the murder scenes and investigating protagonists.

Four numbered the narrative threads, laid next to each other; they were linked through recurring elements and deft transitions.

The series kept the pacing steady by transitioning from one thread to an appropriate point in the next.

It did so right from the start. )

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