It’s an interesting time to be a DC fan, with the Future State lineup shaking up the company, giving some time away from their usual players and introducing new characters. One of those new characters is Yara Flor, the new Wonder Woman who has already made countless headlines since her announcement. Future State Wonder Woman #1 is readers’ first true look into DC Comics’ newest superstar, and it’s a good first impression.
Yara Flor is incredibly welcome as a legacy character, being different enough from Diana to introduce new life into the concept of Wonder Woman while totally proving why she belongs in this world. We’ve already seen Donna Troy take over the mantle and there are already future timelines in existence where Cassie Sandsmark becomes Wonder Woman, so Yara Flor’s introduction is the breath of fresh air readers never knew they wanted.
Future State: Wonder Woman #1 stays true to Wonder Woman’s mythological roots, but instead of the normal Greek and Roman pantheons, the character’s Brazilian background is given a chance to shine. Having a Wonder Woman whose ancestral home is the Amazon is an incredibly good choice on DC’s part and her book introduces Brazilian myth into Wonder Woman’s lore, showcasing Yara fighting enemies like the Boitatá.
Yara Flor is a bit impulsive, but lovable (and a wisecracker), giving readers a brand new take on Wonder Woman. At the same time, it’s clear she’s got a big heart, which is essential for any Wonder Woman.
Future State: Wonder Woman is an important lesson in how, when your characters are more reflective of the world around you, your story is only enriched. Yara herself has undoubtedly become a breakout star for DC already, proving this point further and giving so many young Brazilian readers a character they can relate to. Exploring Brazilian myth is one of the most exciting aspects of this story, introducing so many readers to concepts they might not have heard about while keeping true to Wonder Woman’s mythological roots. It’s new, it’s different, and yet, it’s so quintessentially Wonder Woman.
As an artist, Joelle Jones is a fan favorite — and it’s quite easy to tell why — but as a writer, she’s also proved her mettle. Each page is gorgeously drawn, with witty writing and smart details to back up Jones’ choices. The secondary Jenny Frison cover is also breathtaking, once again proving why she is one of the definitive Wonder Woman cover artists.
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