Hi! My name is Derek Burrow, and I'm a graduate student in Library Sciences here at the University of Toronto. I've been a fan of comics since I learned how to read with them at age 6. I have a condo, a cat, far too many books, and an umbrella stand full of sharp objects and hats (which hang off the blunt ends of sharp objects).
I'm going to make an awful confession: I never really liked Wonder Woman, but I'm willing to give the book a shot, since Gail is writing it. I really liked what she did with Birds of Prey and Secret Six, and have hope that she'll bring some life to the character.
I further admit that my knowledge of Wonder Woman is a bit limited. I know her as the icon, about the ideas behind the character, and have a rough idea of what's been done with her in the past. However, I also have a BA in Classical Civilization, and so what really interests me about Wonder Woman is the idea of her as the truly mythical superhero.
I mean, lets put it this way:
Wonder Woman, unlike more modern-based heroes like Superman and Batman, harkens back to the oldest idea of the hero. That a hero is one with the blood of the gods in their veins, who goes on to do incredible things beyond those of normal people. Though I've never been a fan of the character, I've always seen her as being the modern analogue for characters like Hercules, Odysseus, Achilles, and their ilk. The choice to make the character an Amazon creates a very interesting twist on that idea, changing the archetypally male Greek hero into the female. This is changed even more so by having the Amazons be a comparatively more enlightened race, whereas they were portrayed as much the opposite in mythology. While I realize that other characters invoke those archetypal heroes as well (I shoot a baleful glance at Captain Marvel), I think that Wonder Woman is one of the few to fully step into the role of Greek Hero for the Modern Age.
I'm rambling a bit, I apologize. Suffice to say, I find the mythological aspects of the character to be fascinating from an academic perspective.
Gail, I look forward to heading down to the local store and seeing a look at what you've done with the character, and will do with her in the future!