It’s time for DC Comics to make Wonder Woman the third comic pillar

With the DC Rebirth in 2016, DC Comics relaunched their entire comic book lineup and while doing so, greatly reduced the scope of their offerings. When they announced it at Wondercon 2016, they showed the titles grouped into four families: Batman, which included Batman Family heroes like Batwoman and Nightwing as well as the long running Detective Comics; Superman/Wonder Woman, which includes the other Super characters including the introduction of the Chinese New Super-Man as well as Action Comics and Trinity; Justice League, which had members of the League such as Aquaman, the Green Lanterns, and both Titan teams plus the titular Justice League book, and Other, a catch all for books that don’t quite fit in the other three, like Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, and Deathstroke. However, with the massive financial and critical success of the 2017 Wonder Woman film, the time has come to allow Princess Diana to fly on her own and establish her family, reviving another along the way.

These are the titles a Wonder Woman family would ideally include:

Wonder Woman

This one is fairly obvious. It would be rather difficult to have a Wonder Woman family without the leading lady herself and with Gal Gadot being both the best part of Batman v Superman as well as the only truly successful part of the DCEU, the timing has never been better.

Wonder Girls

There have been three characters to have the name of Wonder Girl: Princess Diana in her younger years, Donna Troy, and Cassie Sandsmark. It’s the latter two that would be headlining this book. Donna Troy is a character with a rather convoluted and frequently rewritten history and was very recently revealed in the current continuity to have been created with the sole purpose of destroying Wonder Woman. Cassie has an equally complex history, varying from demigod to thief to Wonder Woman’s niece, but she has not been added to DC Rebirth yet. Both characters have remained popular over the years as members of the Titans and Teen Titans and Donna even filled in as Wonder Woman for a time while Diana was away. While the main Wonder Woman book deals with epic fights against gods and monsters, a Wonder Girls book could focus on smaller scale stories that Diana wouldn’t handle.

Artemis

Yes, another Wonder Woman character with a rather complex continuity. Artemis has the benefit of already having appeared in the DC Rebirth, starring as one of the Outlaws in Red Hood and the Outlaws. The most app comparison would probably be to say the Artemis could serve as a Winter Soldier to Wonder Woman’s Captain America: a harder edged character, more willing to uses whatever means available to get to her needed ends. Plus she also has things to atone for, which in and of itself can lend itself to some interesting story arcs.

Shazam

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Much like Wonder Woman was folded into the Superman family, a new Wonder Woman family could be home to another under used DC hero. Formerly known as Captain Marvel, Shazam is a version of Superman “far more rooted in fantasy and magic” and with a much more lighthearted tone. The story primarily revolves around a teenage boy named Billy Batson who gains the power of the gods (specifically Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury) to transform into the Earth’s Mightiest Mortal Shazam and combat evil. He later shares his power with his foster siblings Mary Bromfield, Freddy Freeman, Eugene Choi, Pedro Peña, Darla Dudley, and Tawny, a tiger at a local zoo Billy considers family. As the only one of DC’s big three closely related to magic, the Wonder Woman family would be a natural place to reintroduce a Shazam book. 

Sensation Comics

If Batman has Detective Comics and Superman has Action Comics, then it’s only fair that Wonder Woman gets to have Sensation Comics. As the other two tell stories that arc between characters in detective and superhero action plotlines, Sensation Comics could be used to tell tales of a more mystic variety, looping in characters like Zatanna and John Constantine for story purposes alongside all the other Wonder Woman family characters. One of the biggest losses in the DC Rebirth was the cancellation of Justice League Dark, so having a replacement in Sensation Comics would doubtless be well received.

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