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question of the day: What do you think of Wonder Woman’s new look?

Wonder Woman has finally entered the 21st century. And at the same time, she also entered the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. For the first time since she debuted in 1941, Wonder Woman’s look has been updated. Why an Amazonian princess from an ancient world would wear an American flag has always been a bit of a mystery to me, but no longer: With the just-released Wonder Woman #600, writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist (and DC Comics co-publisher) Jim Lee have given Diana Prince her first major makeover since World War II. (Full image after the jump.)

At DC’s blog The Source, Straczynski says:

It’s a look designed to be taken seriously as a warrior, in partial answer to the many female fans over the years who’ve asked, “how does she fight in that thing without all her parts falling out?”) She can close it up to pass unnoticed…open it for the freedom to fight…lose the jacket or keep it on…it has pockets (the other fan question, “where does she carry anything in that outfit?”, it can be accessorized…it’s a Wonder Woman look designed for the 21st century….

This is Wonder Woman reborn, literally and metaphorically: fast, elegant, tough, smart…

Why the change? It’s down to the new storyline, as Straczynski explains:

Suppose you woke up one morning, or turned a corner, and suddenly the life you had been leading up to that moment…was not the life you were leading.

Suppose someone went back in time and changed one thing, and it changed your life to the point that you had little or no memory of what life had been like before the change happened. What would you do to get it back? Should you get it back? Who did it? And maybe more important…why did they do it?

Whoa: timey whimey!

Fans at The Source are not happy, if the enraged comments are anything to judge by. The mysterious Zennie62 at SFGate demands “Wonder Woman, bring back the legs, the muscles, and the flag, please.” And The Celebrity Cafe — which termed the makeover “Wonder Woman Gets Pants” — suggests that:

a lot of male fans will lament the new look, which favors Wonder Woman’s urban smarts and crisp looks, rather than her sexy poses.

So, men can’t find a woman sexy unless she’s half naked and posing in a particular way?

What do you think of Wonder Woman’s new look? Presumably this look will carry over the long-talked-about Wonder Woman movie, too: Is that a good idea?

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