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It's official. The votes are in and Wonder Woman's new "modern" look is being met with...well, some peeved off comic book fans and feminists.

Personally, I was never a big Wonder Woman fan myself, but that's probably only because I grew up in the 80's and 90's when Ms. Truth Lasso wasn't at the height of her popularity. I was too busy adoring Buffy and Catwoman (the good one with Michelle Pfeiffer, not...shudder...that abomination starring Halle Berry).

But still, I have respect for this character who helped pave the way for all the other female superheroes...and villains for that matter. So I too was disappointed when I saw the new look, which I've posted below so you can make up your own mind.


First of all, those leggings...or skinny jeans...or stirrup pants...have got to go. Immediately if not sooner. Wonder Woman is timeless...not Paris Hilton. Secondly, why did they make a strong woman like her look like the college girl next door? Part of what made Wonder Woman so awesome was that not only could she could kick your arse...and she looked like she could kick your arse. She was a fierce woman warrior. Not a rosy-cheeked girl who saved the world inbetween math class.

If you don't want to take my word for it, Shelby Knox over on wrote a great article dissecting just where DC went wrong with this makeover.

"Yet in stripping Diana of her overt sexuality the new writers have missed the reason Wonder Woman was a feminist heroine in the first place. As originally portrayed, Diana Prince was sexy not because of her bare legs and cleavage but because her personhood wasn't defined by them and her powers not derived from fashioning herself for the male gaze. She could work a 9 to 5 job, hold down a relationship, subvert international conspiracies and toss the villains in jail, and perhaps, as the first cover of Ms. magazine suggested in 1972, even be president-and the way she looked was, as it should be, simply an aside."

So what do you think? Is the new look a yay or nay?