DC Comics has decided to make Wonder Woman queer. This follows contemporary trends. But if you’re interested in fiction that bucks convention, read, “The First Transgender Superhuman.”
In an extensive interview with Comicosity, Rucka is asked specifically whether the Wonder Woman introduced in “Year One” is queer. After getting clarification that queer, in this instance, means “as involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender,” Rucka answered in the affirmative.
“Yes,” Rucka said. “I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: We’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, ‘Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!’”
Wonder Woman has always been a bizarre character. You can see what I mean by the images at the end of the post. I’ve helpfully scanned them from Wonder Woman Archives, Volume 2 from DC Comics. (The images are panels from Wonder Woman #3, which was originally published in 1943.)
But, like it or not, she was not created as a character who likes to have sex with other women.
Nevertheless, the change to her character follows modern-day trends. But “The First Transgender Superhuman” goes in an opposite direction.
And I also can assure you that the way it factors into the story is different from what you will find in Wonder Woman, DC Comics, or anywhere else.
“Queering” Wonder Woman will be played off as being edgy and progressive. Whatever. If you really want something edgy and different, read “The First Transgender Superhuman.”