The Sisters are doin' it for themselves. Phil Jimenez on abolishing Paradise Island's Matriarchy

Thu, May 24th, 2001 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

[Wonder Woman #173]Make no mistake, Phil Jimenez is a passionate fan of DC Comics' "Wonder Woman." But that doesn't mean the writer-artist is afraid to shake things up. In "Wonder Woman" #169, he did just that, ending the matriarchy that has been a part of the book for six decades.

"The decision to abolish the monarchy came after several discussions with the editors," Jimenez told the Comic Wire on Wednesday. "We believed it was time to advance Paradise Island and its people -- the Amazons were living in a stagnant culture that needed to evolve and grow, and, practically speaking, allow for procreation and expansion. We want to reconsider what Paradise Island means, should be -- and how the Amazons can once again have a real affect on the outside world of the DCU.

"People have had very mixed reactions to the abolishment of the monarchy. Some are excited about the possibility of what that change means for the Amazons and for Paradise Island; others are quite angry with the tampering of a 60-year old tradition, particularly the 'princess' fantasy so associated with Diana and Wonder Woman. What awes me more, however, are the fans that seem angered by Hippolyta's choice to forsake her crown and royalty. Hippolyta's gotten more than a taste of heroing -- she's spent time in the past and present making friends, making changes in history, affecting the lives of women and children in a way she was originally intended, as created by her goddesses. I think the choices make perfect sense, considering the growth of the character through the years -- and we'll be playing out these effects for months to come."

Expect to see the no-longer-princess Diana and former queen Hippolyta quite busy in their heroic mode, during the "Our Worlds at War" summer crossover.

"As to Diana's role in the crossover -- she's a major player in a very big way, as are Hippolyta and the Amazons. Lots of big stuff that we'll play off, like the abolishment of the monarchy, for months to come."

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