One of the most memorable scenes in the recent Wonder Woman movie was how it began (after a brief photo divergence) on the island of Themyscira. With the little Wonder Woman, Princess Diana as a child, longing to train as a warrior, against her mother Queen Hippolyta's wishes. We learn through Diana's eyes and ears that in the distant past, Ares, the god of war, slew all his fellow gods, but his father, Zeus, struck him down. Before succumbing to his injuries, Zeus left the Amazons a weapon capable of killing his renegade son: the "Godkiller", presented as a ceremonial sword. Later the film predictably reveals that Diana herself is the Godkiller. Hippolyta believes that Ares will never return and forbids Diana from training as a warrior, but Diana and her aunt General Antiope defy the queen and begin training in secret. When the two are discovered by Hippolyta, Antiope convinces her sister to allow Diana's training to continue. And at that point, we are denied any more tales of little Diana.
But the comic book can go back. And so the new creative team on the series. Shea Fontana, Mirka Andolfo, Romulo Fajardo Jr and Saida Temofonte tells a tale of Diana's early years that fit in with those familiar with both the new movie and the ongoing comic book, a tricky task to balance, but one that seems to have been specifically attempted. So we have Little Wonder Woman being put to bed by her mother…
Exposure to the gossip of the royal household, as well as her believed destiny…
And a resolute Little Wonder Woman, learning sacrifice, learning to repress emotion, learning commitment to the cause.
I believe that would be called Chekov's Dolly. The only question is at what point in Fontana's run on the book will the box, somehow, be returned to her from the lost Paraside Island and be opened?
Wonder Woman #26 is published today.