Wonder Woman visits her mom in a surprisingly domestic home life in Black & Gold #1 preview

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1
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The current trend of color-coded superhero anthologies continues, this time intersecting with the 80th anniversary of Wonder Woman, in June 22's Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1 (opens in new tab)

A play on the black & white stories of the popular Batman: Black & White anthology series, the 'gold' in Wonder Woman: Black & Gold is in connection to the character's gold Lasso of Truth. 

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1 (of 6) will include five stories by:

  • Writer John Arcudi (BPRD) and artist Ryan Sook (Legion of Super-Heroes) "show us the grace immortality grants a hero"
  • writer/artist Becky Cloonan (Wonder Woman) with a "spine-tingling tale of Diana's most precious weapon against the darkness"
  • writer/artist Amy Reeder (Amethyst) with a '40s era Wonder Woman and Etta Candy team-up
  • Writer AJ Mendez (WWE, Glow) and artist Ming Doyle (Constantine: The Hellblazer) create a "tense family reunion" for Diana in Themyscira
  • Writer Nadia Shammas (Corpus) and artist Morgan Beem (Swamp Thing: Twin Branches) with a story where "Diana's past failures come to haunt her"

Here is a three-page preview of AJ Mendez and Ming Doyle's Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1 story, 'Mother's Daughter':

Future issues of Wonder Woman: Black & Gold will include contributions from Mariko Tamaki, Che Grayson, Tillie Walden, Jamie McKelvie, Steve Epting, Pete Tomasi, Inaki Miranda, Sebastian Fiumara, Stephanie Williams, Rachel Smythe, Corin Howell, Ashley A. Woods, Megan Levens, Christian Alamy, Janet Harvey, Andrew Maclean, Paula Sevenberger, and Aimee Garcia.

In addition to Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1's primary cover by Jen Bartel (Immortal Wonder Woman), DC has commissioned variant covers from Yanick Paquette, Ramona Fradon, Joshua Middleton, Warren Louw, and Carla Cohen. Here are those variant covers:

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold is one of several WW-themed projects being released this year in celebration of the character's 80th anniversary. They include the recent Nubia: Real One (opens in new tab) and Wonder Woman: Earth One Volume 3 (opens in new tab) original graphic novels, as well as September's Wonderful Women of History OGN and October's Wonder Woman 80th ANniversary 100-Page Spectacular. This will all culminate with the annual Wonder Woman Day celebration on October 21.

Created by psychologist William Moulton Marston and artist H.G. Peter, Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8 (opens in new tab) on October 21, 1941 in a back-up story in an era where female superhero characters were unusual. The character debuted as the lead feature of an anthology series with 1942's Sensation Comics #1 (opens in new tab) and then the star of her own solo series Wonder Woman later that same year. 

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1 (of 6) goes on sale on June 22. 

Read all the best Wonder Woman stories of all time. 

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)