Years in the making, writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette's Wonder Woman: Earth One graphic novel will finally hit shelves -- at a still-unspecified date. But at least Morrison is offering up some details about the book. We grabbed a few quotes from his interview with the LA Times' Hero Complex blog, as well as the one piece of preview art for the book so far. You can see it all after the jump.

On Wonder Woman as a character:

There’s something about the character that really annoyed me, to be honest, because I couldn’t quite get a hook on her. I felt like there were a lot of really strange contradictions in there…. And because it was a challenge to most people. If you read about filmmakers talking about Wonder Woman, it’s always, “Oh, we can’t make a Wonder Woman film because people wouldn’t buy into this, this, this or this.” So it seemed that it was a challenging character.

 On the themes of the book:

It’s not a comic about superheroes punching each other. It’s about the sexes and how we feel about one another, and what a society of women cut off from the rest of the world for 3,000 years might look like, and what kind of sexuality, what kind of philosophy, what kind of science would that have developed, and how would that impact our world if it actually suddenly became apparent that these women existed.


On Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston:

Wonder Woman was a very high-selling comic back in the 1940s. It was really successful. But the sales diminished as soon as Marston died. So obviously whatever weirdness he brought to it was actually part of the DNA of Wonder Woman. We’re trying to bring some of that back.

On influences:

The only influences I really wanted to have was the original Marston stories with Harry Peter, and also the Lynda Carter TV show, which I thought was a really good and workable translation of the Wonder Woman concept for a mass audience.

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