'Wonder Woman': Husband and wife Finches take over
Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman has been one of the creative bright spots in DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch. By focusing on the character’s Greek-myth background–the key revelation being the whole “Zeus is Wonder Woman’s father” thing–Azzarello recontextualized the character with a mythic foundation, which played perfectly off Chiang’s snazzy-kinetic depiction of the character.
The Azzarello/Chiang run comes to an end in October, and DC has some intriguing succession plans. The publisher tells USA Today that Wonder Woman #36 will mark the beginning of a collaboration between writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch. Who are, well, married. He-Finch is a longtime comics pro who emerged from nineties-detritus that was Cyberforce to work on a rolodex of famous characters on both sides of the DC/Marvel divide. She-Finch is a relative newcomer whose comics experience includes/is entirely three Tales from Oz one-shots.
The Azzarello/Chiang Wonder Woman will be a tough act to follow, and reading between the lines of the USA Today piece, it sounds like the Finches are going in quite a different direction. (There’s reference to “a lighter tone and a more positive outlook,” which sounds but, though in fairness that mindset has done great things for Mark Waid’s Daredevil.) Describing her perspective on the character, Meredith Finch said:
That’s one aspect of being a female writer I can bring to her. Women tend to react in a different way, and I can bring some of that reactionary (thinking), going from your heart sometimes more than from your head.
And here is the picture David Finch drew of Wonder Woman going from her heart:
So none of this seems controversial at all.