I've written several posts that were very critical of what JMS was doing with Superman, and how I was afraid that he would ruin Wonder Woman too. Well, let it never be said that I’m not man enough to admit when I was wrong. I love the new costume design, as well as the direction that JMS has indicated he wants to go with this story. Having a hard retcon as part of the story is brilliant and does not invalidate Perez or any creator that has gone before IMO. Now, Wonder Woman is my favorite superhero (or heroine) so I was fine with the old costume, and I liked the invisible jet, the purple ray, the kangras, and all those kitschy elements. But the fact is that a lot of people, especially non-WW fans, didn’t. And if you look at the iconic costume, without bias, it is definitely one of the least practical to wear in a fight. Now, Superman has an impractical costume too, but Wonder Woman has always been presented as a master battle technician, who has “The Art of War” committed to memory. It doesn't make sense that this kind of character would go on a mission with a costume that exposes so much of her body (making it vunerable to attack–not for modesty’s sake) or one where her breasts would pop out in the middle of a struggle. It doesn't make sense for the character not to change her costume voluntarily to make it as practical as possible in a fight. And this costume does. In JMS's interview on CBR, he explains exactly why he changed each part of the costume so that it makes sense.
I think JMS is approaching WW in the same way Morrison approached the X-men when he took over. He’s not writing for the current fans; he wants to attract non-comic book readers, and comic fans who were just not into her. He has listened to all the complaints about WW, (she’s too perfect, I don’t like mythology, she’s too preachy, she can’t relate to ordinary people) and has attempted to address this with this story. As many of you have pointed out, this book has sold very poorly for awhile now. I don’t expect WW to sell Batman numbers on a monthly basis, but I do expect her to be the top selling female superhero in the industry, and I don't think this an unrealistic goal to strive for. There is no reason why Wonder Woman should not sell as much as the new Batwoman (40– 45 k a month). I was planning on trade waiting for this, but I may have to buy each issue just to put my support behind what JMS is doing. Thoughts?