Yesterday, DC Comics confirmed rumors that Wonder Woman will get a new creative team with Wonder Woman #36 in November: superstar artist David Finch and his wife, Meredith Finch. David Finch is famous for drawing kinda like Jim Lee but not as well, and for being horrendously late with his art and causing books to be delayed. Meredith Finch is not known for comics work at all, because she's only done three one-shots for Zenescope.
These two will soon be in charge of the most well-known female character in all of comics. Both of them sat down for an interview with Comic Book Resources. Things were said. Gloriously delusional things. We will discuss those things now.
First, asked about coming onto the book after the current, acclaimed creative team of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, David praised the team, which is good, especially after Dan Didio ran into trouble yesterday when he accidentally shit all over them on Twitter. Meredith Finch said this about their work:
For my part, I'm just really fortunate I have the opportunity to have such a complex universe of characters that Brian has done a fantastic job creating. So from my point of view, I'm just really blessed that he's given me so much to work with instead of me creating everything from scratch!
Ok. Well, these are mostly characters that have been around the DC Universe for a long time or are from Greek mythology, but we get what she's saying. So far so good. Next, Meredith talked about how excited she was for the gig:
I can't say how grateful I am to DC for giving me the opportunity. It's definitely a learning experience because I've done three one-shots for Zenescope, so to take a story and create an entire arc of what I want to do with [Wonder Woman] and having a lot more say in what's happening in the book has been a lot of fun.
Well, we're glad it's a lot of fun. Wonder Woman seems like the perfect place to write your very first story arc and have a learning experience. It's not like it's one of the most high-profile comic books being published today. She went on:
It's been a huge learning experience, but I guess I have a little ace in the hole because I have David here. He's written comic books before, and he's so steeped in the comic book industry, that if I have a question or I need to know something about comics lore, I have my own personal encyclopedia who lives in my house!
Holy fuck, she's screwed. Has she read any of the comics David Finch has written?!
Speaking of which, here's what David had to say about his own writing experience:
When I did "Batman: The Dark Knight," for the most part, I wanted to do something a little darker, and that's not really where DC was coming from. I wanted it to be my own. I probably ignored advice that would have been helpful! [Laughter] I feel like I went from trying to take a lead role with a lot of that stuff to realizing, you know what, I'm an artist. I feel pretty comfortable doing that, and I'm really not a writer; it's not my strong suit. I have a really hard time keeping plot details oriented in my head because I'm so visual. I'm happy to leave the writing to somebody that is a little smarter than I am!
Ok, hold on. Is David Finch really trying to play it off like the reason his Batman run sucked is because it was TOO DARK? DC Comics, the company that rebooted its entire Universe for the sole purpose of making everyone grim and gritty with dead parents and limb-ripping fetishes wanted a lighter Batman. No, David, that's not he reason your Dark Knight didn't go over well. That was because it was terrible.
Hell, a little later in the interview, Meredith Finch, who possibly thinks Brian Azzarello created the DC Universe, proves she has a much firmer grasp on this than he does:
One of the things I was really drawn to about her is, she has such integrity and that she really is the balance in-between. Batman is that really gritty, dark hero, Superman is really -- I don't want to say almost god-like, but he's really pure. She sort of combines the best of both of them and she has a lot of character.
Maybe David should be talking about how lucky he is to have Meredith to tell him what's what with comics? Everything Meredith says in the interview about what she wants to do with Wonder Woman sounds pretty good:
We're definitely going to steer the book a little more into a more mainstream -- I guess I'd say there will be some superhero stuff in it. It really will still be a very character-driven book, though. I think that's what Brian did so well with it, and what we're hoping to do in terms of telling the character stories in our own way.
Brian really did concentrate a lot of what he did on her life as Diana, God of War, and part of that Greek mythology. She does have a relationship with Superman, and it's a relationship-driven book -- I think we can't help but touch on it in some degree. It's not going to be the main focus of the book, because that's what that "Wonder Woman/Superman" book is for, but in the same way that she probably comes and goes in his books, he may come and go in an arc or two.
So for me, she's always been the quintessential superhero.
Ok. Phew! Meredith Finch is saving this interview. It seems like she's got a handle on this. This might not be so bad after all...
The first arc will be a shorter arc, but after that, I don't know, because I think, inherently, stories just carry through. Part of what Brian has done naturally just carried through; there isn't a finite beginning and end to anything. So we're going to play it by ear a little bit, we definitely have the first six issues planned out, the first two books are written and we'll see where we go from there.
Holy fuck! This book comes out in November and they only have two issues written? Is she familiar with her husband's work schedule?! This book will be delayed by issue #4. Fuck!
Well, if nothing else, Meredith seems to really get the character, and that's important:
For me, it's just being able to write Wonder Woman. She's really a female icon from way back in the '70s when females were stepping up and taking such powerful roles. Being able to take on that quintessential female superhero who represents so much for myself and for millions of people out there -- especially at a time where comics are coming more into the mainstream -- I feel like it's really special, and that's really where I'm coming from when I'm writing this. I want to always keep who she is and what I believe her core is central to what I'm doing.
As for David:
I think she's a beautiful, strong character. Really, from where I come from, and we've talked about this a lot, we want to make sure it's a book that treats her as a human being first and foremost, but is also respectful of the fact that she represents something more. We want her to be a strong -- I don't want to say feminist, but a strong character. Beautiful, but strong.
You... You don't want to say... oh, we're fucked.
Here's David Finch's first renderings of that beautiful, strong character. You can tell how strong and beautiful she is because her butt is twice the size of her waist: