Grant Morrison: why I’m resurrecting Wonder Woman

I chat to Grant Morrison for The Guardian about Wonder Woman, Seaguy and Zenith. Grant is appearing at Stripped, the comics and graphic novels programme at the Edinburgh Book Festival, on Friday.

We spoke for over an hour, on a variety of subjects including the intricacies and ending of Batman Incorporate and Action Comics, the upcoming Annihilator, having his opinions taken as anything more than the fleeting opinions of one dude, more on that return of the Golden Age style Diana in his Earth One book, and much more. 

That will all come out later - this was for the mainstream audience and got edited accordingly. It seems to have been really popular so here’s hoping we get a) more comics in the mainstream media coverage, and b) more people picking up some comics collections to give them a try ^_^

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The vintage character Etta Candy has been renamed Beth Candy and returned to her original curvaceous glory. “She’s major and she’s Wonder Woman’s pal. I wanted to get in as many relationships between women as possible – there’s Wonder Woman and her teacher, Wonder Woman and her mother, Wonder Woman and the girl she kind of fancies at school. I wanted lots of different female relationships to show that there’s not just one type of woman and she’s not representative of all women.

“I think Wonder Woman’s always on trial,” Morrison said. “Beyond that, women are always on trial. It’s always – ‘What do women want?’ It’s a constant pointing the finger. 'What do you want? Explain this!’”

That line of thought especially applies to Wonder Woman, according to Morrison, with observers asking, “Why doesn’t this work? Why isn’t this a franchise?” Wonder Woman’s fellow Amazons putting her on trial is Morrison’s way of literalizing those types of questions, the writer said.

The title of Grant Morrison’s forthcoming Wonder Woman graphic novel with artist Yanick Paquette is now “Wonder Woman: The Trial of Diana Prince.” Previously, the book had commonly been referred to as “Wonder Woman: Earth One.”

I thought: that’s Wonder Woman’s condition,“ says the writer, who is this week appearing at Stripped, the sizeable graphic novel arm of the Edinburgh book festival. "She’s always on trial. It’s like, why isn’t she good enough, why doesn’t [the comic] sell enough, why isn’t she representative of this or this or this? And so I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to just base the story on an actual trial – have the Amazons put her on trial, and tell the origins story via that.