Wonder Girl: Adventures of a Teen Titan
Published by DC Comics
Written by:John Byrne, Bruno Premiani, Robert Kanigher, Various
Art by: Various, John Byrne, Neal Adams, Bob Haney, Ross Andru
From a collection of some of comics fans’ favorite creators, the adventures of Wonder Girl, teenage counterpart to Wonder Woman, are collected for the first time ever here in WONDER GIRL: ADVENTURES OF A TEEN TITAN.
Donna Troy, Cassie Sandsmark and even a young Diana have all gone by the name Wonder Girl. Now see how each of them started their superhero careers. These stories include appearances by Wonder Woman, the Teen Titans and more, as well as stories by comics superstars including Gil Kane, Phil Jimenez and John Byrne.
I went into this because Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) is probably one of my all-time favorite characters ever. I love this character, so I wanted to see what they included in this collection about her. It, however, was a collection with the other two versions of Wonder Girl as well (Diana as a child and Cassie Sandsmark). I was deeply invested in the beginning of the book since it focused on stories involving Diana and Donna, but I found myself lagging through the Cassie sections. This is because I had read them around the time I was reading “Wonder Woman” as an ongoing title. As a result, those titles felt like a bit too much of a retread for me. Overall the stories really showcased where the different versions started and important stories that focused on them.
Another interesting aspect to this collection is that due to when the characters have been predominantly featured in comics by DC, the art styles were so vastly different. You had a very early comic design for the Diana stories, which contrasted with the different phases of Donna (some 60s or 70s and at least one that was 80s or 90s) and Cassie (she had one that was published within the last decade that I remembered). This made it interesting to just see the evolution of comic books as a medium, as well. The medium has evolved leaps and bounds, but there was a simplicity to the storytelling back when Diana was Wonder Girl and also during the early days of Donna. The stories were often told in short spurts or when they were completed stories they were often funny monster of the week types. The real issue of “continuity” in comics didn’t come until later and is felt more in the later Donna and Cassie stories. Diana never had a story as Wonder Girl during the more modern era because she was just considered Diana during those times or I am simply not aware of a story that she has been called Wonder Girl in the last decade of comics. Someone may be able to correct me on this though.
My favorite story in here was the WONDER WOMAN: Donna Troy one-shot. It has been a favorite for a long time because it has Donna speaking to God and questioning some recent events in her life. I won’t spoil what those recent events are, but she has a pretty good reason to be there. The moments in that particular comic feel so organic to reality and when people begin to question their religious convictions. I found it to be an excellent real world story and I was happy to see its inclusion. I feel that if you didn’t read any other story in the collection, this would be the one to read.
So, even though I had issues with some of the Cassie stories, I still loved this overall collection. I think it would be a great starting out point for anyone that is wanting to get to know this particular WONDERful character!
Yesterday, I posted about my love of the character of Donna Troy. You can read that post here.