ONE OF THE most interesting storylines to come out of DC Comics’s New 52 is the current storyline going on in the pages of Wonder Woman, written by Brian Azzarello of 100 Bullets fame.
Azzarello’s Wonder Woman delves much deeper into Greek mythology than previous incarnations of the character, and finds her dealing with one revelation after another that change the worlds and people she always thought she knew.
Azzarello took time to talk to Comic Riffs about DC Comics’s greatest female character, as well as his new Vertigo title Brother Lono, which takes him back to the 100 Bullets universe:
David Betancourt: Wonder Woman has been one of the most [distinctive] New 52 titles for DC Comics. Can you talk about what led you to use the approach of Wonder Woman's history merged with Greek mythology?
Brian Azzarello: It was always there before [Greek mythology] — it just was more high-school Greek mythology and [not the] blood-and-guts and gods-are-awful-beings mythology.
DB: You've really wrapped your hands around the things that made Diana who she was, and molded them to be things we didn't expect. Diana wasn't made of clay in your story. She has a father. We know now why Paradise Island is all women. Would you say Diana is a much more complex character now?
BA: I don’t think she’s more complex, but her world is definitely now more complex. We really set out to create a backdrop for her. Something that is just as important as Gotham or Metropolis.
DB: Clearly, Orion and New Genesis play heavy into your storyline right now. What's it been like working with Greek Gods and New Gods in the same story?
BA: It made sense. It’s something we included in the original proposal [for Wonder Woman] that we’d be bringing in the New Gods and Orion specifically. They’re not going to overwhelm Diana or the Wonder Woman storyline, but I thought it was a good place to introduce the Fourth World as far as the New 52 line.
DB: Can you tell our readers why you've decided to go back to the world of 100 Bullets with Brother Lono, and what they can expect out of this miniseries?
BA: They can expect to see a Lono that they don’t expect, that’s for sure. I think people are really going to be surprised by this book.
DB: Do you take different approaches when writing for DC and then writing for [its] more mature-themed Vertigo comics?
BA: No. My approach is always the same: To create compelling characters that people are interested in reading about.