Wow, where to even START with this one?
Quite possibly, no one has stood at the gate to protect Wonder Woman like Phil Jimenez has in the past several years. Anyone who wants to mess with the character has to get through Phil first, and believe me, that's not easy to do.
I'm a huge fan of his. I'm a fan of his beautiful art. I'm a fan of his heartfelt and honest writing. I'm a fan and constant user of his excellent encyclopedia efforts. But more than anything else, I'm a fan of the man himself. He's passionate beyond possibility, gifted beyond reason, and a more caring and supportive guy does not exist.
I've said this before, but when I took over the Wonder Woman book, I wanted to integrate the many versions of the character into one cohesive whole. And the remarkable thing is the way every single Wonder Woman creator from the past that I've contacted has been willing to help when I had a dumb question.
Seventy years of Wonder history, and as you know, not all of it is available in reprints. So thank goodness for people like John Byrne, Trina Robbins, Kurt Busiek, George Perez, and all the other folks who have helped me out with clarifications of their work and helpful suggestions. But two have been there over and over for me, every time I had a question. Greg Rucka and Phil Jimenez, and Phil has gone beyond even that. He has made sure my contributions to the myth are represented in the upcoming WW Encyclopedia. He has written long letters and done actual research to help with story questions.
In short, he's been a bit of a godsend. I was already a fan, now I am a lifelong fan who will punch you in the tiara if you badmouth Phil in my presence.
Phil's run on Wonder Woman was full of thrilling moments, and he (with co-writer Joe Kelly) wrote what might be my favorite single issue ever, the issue where Lois Lane interviews Wonder Woman. It might be the best expression of what WW is about ever committed to the page. I think he was, as both a writer and artist, the guy who most closely got the scope and intelligence of George Perez' game-changing run.
Phil is quite simply the MAN.
Here's what he had to say to my questions--I think it's very eye-opening stuff. Hope you enjoy it!