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The Pants Return – Wonder Woman’s Most Controversial Costume Makes a Comeback


  • Tedesco’s variant cover showcases Wonder Woman’s most controversial costume, a black pants and matching leather jacket look.
  • The costume originally debuted in
    Wonder Woman
    #600 (2010).
  • Tedesco has also reimagined Wonder Woman’s ’90s biker look and her ’60s all-white Mod outfits in variant covers.

One of Wonder Woman’s most hated outfits has returned in official art for an upcoming comic starring the Amazon Princess. Despite the backlash the costume initially received when it debuted in 2010, fans are sure to be intrigued by its skillful reimagination. As long as this costume remains confined to variant covers, old and new fans will likely appreciate its nostalgic appeal.

Tom King and Daniel Sampere’s Wonder Woman #9, slated for release on May 21, 2024, promises new adventures for Diana alongside a nostalgic nod to the past courtesy of artist Julian Totino Tedesco.

WONDER WOMAN #9 (2024)

Release Date:

May 21, 2024


Tom King


Daniel Sampere

Cover Artist:

Daniel Sampere & Tomeu Morey

Variant Covers:

Julian Totino Tedesco, Stjepan Šejić, and Irvin Rodriguez

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Tedesco’s variant cover for the comic revisits one of Wonder Woman’s most controversial outfits, which initially faced considerable backlash upon its debut in Wonder Woman #600 by Amanda Conner, Gail Simone, Geoff Johns, and others. Just like the original design, Tedesco’s artwork depicts Diana clad in black, skin-tight pants and a matching leather jacket, a significant departure from her traditional attire.

Artist Julian Tedesco Brings Back Diana’s HATED Wonder Woman #600 Pants

Wonder Woman #9 variant cover featuring Diana wearing pants

It’s indeed a delight for fans to witness Tedesco resurrecting this costume in his captivating variant cover. Beyond the nostalgic allure of its return, Tedesco’s immense talent has transformed a costume widely scorned by fans into something many will undoubtedly appreciate. While Diana’s current attire in King and Sampere’s run is undoubtedly favored by fans, the black pants look has undoubtedly carved out its niche in variant covers. It’s the kind of costume that can be admired in limited doses, remaining outside the narrative/predominant portrayal of the character.

Another significant advantage of Tedesco’s variant cover is its potential to introduce new fans to some of Wonder Woman’s character history. Without having read the comics featuring this costume, which was present for a relatively brief period, they would have never been exposed to it. However, by revitalizing the old, Tedesco offers those newer to Wonder Woman comics the opportunity to glimpse some of her more audacious outfits. This might even prompt them to delve deeper into Diana Prince’s lore and revisit older comics to witness this look in its prime.


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Which Controversial Wonder Woman Costume Will Tedesco Do Next?

Wonder Woman #3 featuring Diana in all-white Mod outfit

Although it hasn’t been officially labeled as such, Tedesco appears to have taken it upon himself to revive Wonder Woman’s most controversial costumes in a series of variant covers for King’s run. In addition to the black pants, he has also recreated several other of Wonder Woman’s most fan-hated costumes, including her ’90s biker look and her ’60s all-white Mod look. Now that a clear pattern has emerged, the only reasonable question to ask is: which outfit will be next? It will be intriguing to see if Tedesco continues this trend of reimagining Wonder Woman’s costumes in his future works.

Wonder Woman #9 will be released on May 21, 2024, from DC Comics!

This story originally appeared on Screenrant

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