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Wonder Girl II

Alias: Cassandra Sandsmark

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Joined: 
Teen Titans (third series) #1 [2003]

Related Links:  Wonder WomanDonna Troy
Helena SandsmarkAresKing Lycus • Young Justice

Wonder Girl II Quick Bio: Upon meeting Wonder Woman, teenaged Cassie Sandsmark petitioned Zeus for powers of her own. Little did Cassie know that her true father was Zeus himself! Blessed with powers from the gods, Cassie became Wonder Girl, despite her mother’s objections. As Wonder Girl, Cassie has matured from gawky adventurer to self-assured heroine.

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History


Girl Wonder

Wonder Girl is Cassandra “Cassie” Sandsmark, the precocious daughter of archaeologist Helena Sandsmark and Zeus, king of the Olympian Gods. Cassie was raised by Helena in Gateway City on the coast of Northern California, without ever knowing that Zeus was her father or that the blood of the Olympian Gods flowed through her veins.

Cassandra first met Wonder Woman after the Amazon Princess moved to the West Coast to work with Helena Sandsmark at the Gateway City Museum of Antiquities. Cassie, an impetuous fourteen-year-old, accidentally resurrected an ancient gladiator robot from its millennia-long sleep. The mindless automaton ravaged Gateway City until Cassie figured out how to stop it; and Wonder Woman then disabled the bronze giant by dumping it into the Pacific Ocean. After Diana reprimanded Cassie for her impulsive behavior, the two became fast friends.

ABOVE: Cassie meets Diana in WONDER WOMAN #105 [1996].
BELOW: Cassie’s first appearance as Wonder Girl from WONDER WOMAN #111 [1997].

 

While Wonder Woman was battling a clone of the alien powerhouse Doomsday, Cassie stole the Amazon’s Sandals of Hermes and the Gauntlet of Atlas – which increased her strength and allowed her to fly – as well as a wig and goggles to hide her identity, and rushed to the battleground to help her. With the aid of the Champion and Cassie herself, Wonder Woman destroyed the Doomsday clone.

Impressed by her instincts and cunning, Wonder Woman offered to train Cassie as her protegee, but Helena flatly refused, fearing for the physical safety and mental well-being of her only daughter. Despite this, Cassie donned her weapons and disguise once more, calling herself Wonder Girl as she and Wonder Woman reduced the second Decay into powdery rubble.

ABOVE: Helena objects to Cassie’s adventuring in WONDER WOMAN #113 [1997].
BELOW: Cassie defeats Decay in WONDER WOMAN #113 [1997]. 

Great Zeus

Months later, after Wonder Woman and the Amazons of Themyscira began to revert to clay, Cassie, Helena, and several others were brought to Mount Olympus to convince the Olympian Gods to return to the mortal plane and restore the Amazons to life. Impressed by the mortals’ testimonials, the gods agreed, and Cassie asked Zeus to grant her special powers of her own so she could return to Earth as a super hero. Zeus was so impressed with Cassie’s moxie that he blessed her with powers similar to Wonder Woman’s, but also granted Helena the power to strip her daughter of those abilities with a single touch.

Helena begrudgingly allowed Cassie to continue adventuring, prompting the new Wonder Girl to receive training from Wonder Woman, Artemis and Donna Troy. As a sign of her support, Donna even gave Cassie her old Wonder Girl outfit.

Cassie pleads Zeus for super powers in WONDER WOMAN #122 [1997]

Reckless Youth

As Wonder Girl, Cassie soon joined the group of heroic sidekicks nicknamed Young Justice. It was there that Cassie developed a deep, unrequited crush on Superboy, who was at first oblivious to her affections. A natural leader, the members of Young Justice often deferred to Wonder Girl’s judgment. And as Cassie matured, she blossomed into an attractive young lady, finally catching the eye of Superboy.

The young Amazon was attacked by the Silver Swan at Gateway High School, an act which revealed her secret identity to the world. Wonder Girl was then swept away into the world-shattering Imperiex War, traveling to Apokolips and back during the universe-spanning conflict.

In the months following the war, a more mature Cassie began a search for her biological father. Dubious that Zeus would so readily grant her powers without some sort of familial tie, Wonder Girl confronted the sky god about her parentage. Zeus denied any relationship with her, and led her to believe her father was an ordinary man living in Portland, Oregon.

ABOVE: Wonder Girl, Arrowette and Secret join the team in YOUNG JUSTICE #4 [1998].
BELOW: A prelude to Wonder Girl and Superboy’s first kiss in YOUNG JUSTICE #55 [2003].

Teen Titans

A conglomerate known as Optitron later offered to sponsor the Titans and Young Justice after summoning them to San Francisco. Before any decisions could be made, a mysterious cybernetic girl known as Indigo emerged from the future. Unwittingly, she somehow activated a rogue Superman android, resulting in the apparent deaths of Troia and Omen. At Troia’s funeral, Nightwing disbanded the Titans.

The members of Young Justice felt responsible for the tragic deaths. This led Wonder Girl, Robin, Impulse and Superboy to form a new group of Teen Titans under the guidance of the more experienced Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy.

Wonder Girl continued to grow into her role, discovering new limits to her powers. Ares, the God of War, bestowed Cassie with a special magic lasso as an unexpected gift. Unlike Wonder Woman’s mystic lariat, Wonder Girl’s lasso could not force people to tell the truth; instead, it was charged with the lightning bolts of Zeus, which would flare around the rope when Cassie grew angry. Ares yearned to become his half-sister’s mentor, vowing to teach Wonder Girl how to channel her rage and become his fearsome champion.

Wonder Girl’s adventures also led her on a mission to Hades itself, where Cassie discovered her true lineage as the daughter of the Greek God, Zeus. It was a fact her mother had long concealed from her. Shaken by these revelations, it took some time for Helena and Cassie to mend their mother-daughter relationship.

ABOVE: Ares gives Wonder Girl her lightning lasso in TEEN TITANS (third series) #4 [2003].
BELOW: The next generation of Teen Titans, as depicted in TEEN TITANS (third series) #21 [2005].

Super Sacrifice

Wonder Girl’s blossoming romance with Superboy began to deepen, as the Teen of Steel wrestled with the discovery of Lex Luthor as DNA donor. Superboy began to fear the effects of his Luthor genes, as he found himself vulnerable to a deeply-buried brain trigger planted by Lex himself. No longer in control of his mind, Superboy shaved his head to resemble Lex and brutally attacked his teammates before struggling back to sanity. These events left Superboy deeply shaken – which prompted Conner to take a leave of absence from the Teen Titans. It was during this time that Wonder Girl and Superboy grew closer than ever before, and shared their first night of intimacy.

When the Greek Gods were about to retreat from this plane of existence with the denizens of Paradise Island, Wonder Girl felt her powers waning. Before the gods disappeared, Ares appeared to Wonder Girl and gave her a fraction of his godlike powers. Ares claimed the powers were a gift to to half-sister, in exchange for accepting him as her brother.

ABOVE: Superboy and Wonder Girl share an intimate moment – unaware of the tragedy
that awaits – in 
TEEN TITANS (third series) ANNUAL #1 [2006].
BELOW: Superboy makes the ultimate sacrifice in INFINITE CRISIS #6 [2006].

Superboy was then summoned back into battle when the misguided Superboy-Prime attacked him. Nightwing and Superboy later teamed up to ambush Alexander Luthor’s cosmic tower, the source of of Luthor’s twisted plan that created a multi-universal cataclysm. Locked in savage combat, Superboy and Superboy-Prime collided into Luthor’s tower, creating a huge explosion. When the smoke cleared, the tower was destroyed, but Superboy was suffering critical wounds. As Wonder Girl rushed to his side, Superboy died in her arms, having sacrificed his own life to save the universe.

Many Wonderful Returns

Shaken from these events, Wonder Girl left the Titans and joined a cult with the hopes of resurrecting Superboy. When that fell in ruins, Cassie struck out on her own for a time, believing the Titans had abandoned her. A mission involving the Brotherhood of Evil reunited her with a new Titans group, prompting her to rejoin the team.

Zeus later appeared to Wonder Girl to warn his daughter of King Lycus, the power-mad son of Ares. Fueled by murdering those close to Wonder Girl, Lycus sent his hellhound to attack the Titans. The assault left Wendy badly hurt and claimed the life of Marvin.

Wonder Girl defeats Lycus by at last claiming her own gods-given
powers in 
TEEN TITANS (third series) #65 [2008].

After creating a deadly hellhound to keep the rest of the Teen Titans busy, Lycus challenged Wonder Girl in open combat, using some of her own godlike abilities against her. At that moment, Cassandra realized she had been “borrowing” her godlike abilities all this time – first from Zeus, and later, from Ares. Moreover, her rage-fueled powers from the God of War had caused mood swings and bouts of anger ever since she accepted her lightning lasso.

So, for the first time, Cassandra called upon the powers that was her gods-given birthright, and banished Lycus with her newly self-powered lariat.

During this time, Wonder Girl briefly found comfort in the arms of Superboy’s best friend, Robin. The young couple’s guilt , however, put a fast end to the relationship. Superboy eventually returned with the help of 31st century super-science, reuniting Wonder Girl with her true love. But when Kid of Steel rejoined the Teen Titans, he and Wonder Girl decided to put their relationship on hold for the time being.

It’s Titans Together in TEEN TITANS #93 [2010].

Powers & Abilities


Wonder Girl possesses enhanced strength, speed and durability as well as the ability to fly. At one time she also possessed a mystic lasso given to her by Ares. The lasso was indestructible and emitted a lightning backlash. Wonder Girl’s new lariat is fueled by her own abilities, which she is still learning to explore.


 A Wonder Girl commission by Todd Nauck.

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Essential Reading


Wonder Woman #105 [1996]: Diana applies for a job as a visiting lecturer at the Gateway City Museum of Cultural Antiquities… and proves her knowledge of the subject matter when an ancient Grecian artifact is brought to life. Diana meets museum curator Helena Sandsmark and her feisty daughter, Cassie. First appearance of Cassie Sandsmark and Helena Sandsmark.
Wonder Woman #111 [1996]: During a battle with a clone of Doomsday, Cassie “borrows” the Sandals of Hermes and the Gauntlet of Atlas from Wonder Woman (who was not using them at the time), which imbues her with super-powers. Donning a wig and goggles, Cassie becomes “Wonder Girl.” First appearance of Cassie as Wonder Girl.
Wonder Woman #111-112 [1996]: During a battle with a clone of Doomsday, Cassie “borrows” the Sandals of Hermes and the Gauntlet of Atlas from Wonder Woman (who was not using them at the time), which imbues her with super-powers. Donning a wig and goggles, Cassie becomes “Wonder Girl.” First appearance of Cassie as Wonder Girl in issue #111.
Wonder Woman #113 [1996]: Cassie begs Diana to train her as the second Wonder Girl; She later “borrows” the Sandals of Hermes and the Gauntlet of Atlas to battle Decay.
Wonder Woman #122-123 [1997]: Having been summoned to Mount Olympus by the gods themselves, Cassie boldly steals a moment of Zeus’s time and asks him to give her super-powers of her own. Zeus is so impressed by the girl’s courage and brashness that he does just that – granting Cassie her “fondest wish.”
Wonder Woman #129-135 [1998]: Helena’s body is possessed by the ancient sorceress Morgaine Le Fay while trying to save Jason Blood from the demon, Neron. Helena learns she can take away Cassie’s powers with a touch in issue #133.
Young Justice #4 [1999]: Young Justice just a boys’ club? Not any more! This issue, the girls – the Secret, Wonder Girl and Arrowette – join the team, but it’s not the usual fun and games. There’s a new baddie in town and he’s targeting DC’s teen heroes… and he’s starting with Arrowette!
Wonder Woman #153 [2000]: Written by Mark Millar; art by Georges Jeanty and Rob Stull; cover by Adam Hughes. Guest-writer Mark Millar (ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN) joins guest-artists Georges Jeanty (TEAM SUPERMAN, Bishop) and Rob Stull (GREEN LANTERN Secret Files) for a special issue starring Wonder Girl and guest-starring Superboy! In her efforts to get the Kid to notice her, Cassie gets a new look and a bit of a new attitude before she discovers that it’s not the clothes that make the hero, the friend, or the person who can beat a flock of harpies into the ground!
Wonder Woman #178-183 [2002]: Cassie searches for her biological father and believes it is Zeus. He denies this and Cass eventually finds her real father is an unassuming man living a normal life. But the presence of a specific gift Cassie gave Zeus suggests her father is Zeus, who took mortal form and fathered Cassie years ago.
Teen Titans #1 (third series) [2003]: What do teenage super-heroes do on the weekends? They hang with the Teen Titans! The invitations go out to a handful of reluctant heroes: Superboy, Robin, Impulse and Wonder Girl. Walk into the new Titans Tower with Cyborg and Starfire as they gather together the next generation of Titans. First Wonder Girl as a Teen Titan.
Teen Titans #4 (third series) [2004]: Ares gives Wonder Girl a gift: a magic lasso with a lightning charge.
Teen Titans #15 (third series) [2004]: Ares reveals to Wonder Girl an impending battle that will cause a schism within her life.
Wonder Woman #215-218 [2005]: Wonder Girl accompanies Wonder Woman to Hades. Cassie learns she is Zeus’ daughter.
Teen Titans (third series) #29 [2005]: Cassie talks to her mother about her true parentage.
Teen Titans (third series) Annual #1 [2006]: Having narrowly survived the death and destruction of the Infinite Crisis, Superboy and Wonder Girl find some time alone in Smallville. Superboy and Wonder Girl take their relationship to the next level.
Infinite Crisis #6, [2006]: Nightwing and Superboy team up to ambush Alexander Luthor’s cosmic tower. Locked in savage combat, Superboy and Superboy-Prime collide into Luthor’s tower, creating a huge explosion. When the smoke clears, Superboy lay dead, having sacrificed his own life to save the universe. Death of Superboy in Infinite Crisis #6.
Teen Titans #33 [2006]: Ares appears to Wonder Girl and gives her a fraction of his powers before the Greek Gods retreat from this plane of existence.
Teen Titans #34-37 [2006]: One Year Later, it’s “The New Teen Titans!” A new year of exciting adventures begins with the “new” Teen Titans, the bizarre Doom Patrol and the mysterious and secretive Titans East! Wonder Girl rejoins the team.
Teen Titans (third series) #64-65 [2008]: Wonder Girl is confronted by King Lycus, who seeks to siphon her Ares-given powers. After creating a deadly hellhound to keep the rest of the Teen Titans busy, Wonder Girl’s new enemy challenges her in open combat.Wonder Girl defeats Lycus by at last claiming her own gods-given powers.
Wonder Girl #1 [2011]:  During an Archaeology Conference in London, Solstice meets a like-minded friend in Cassie Sandsmark, whose mother was also a noted archeologist. The two fast friends soon clashed with the thieving Lady Zand, who is attempting to steal valuable artifacts on display at the conference. Cassie and Helena sort through their mother-daughter issues.
Teen Titans (third series) #99-100 [2011]: It’s all-out war as Titans old and new come together to face the greatest threat to their existence. Superboy-Prime gathers his own “Legion of Doom,” comprised of various Titans villains. He then creates an army of Superboy clones to besiege the Titans. Together, Titans past and present defeat the villains and trap Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.

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A 2010 Wonder Girl commission by Francis Manapul.

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 John Byrne on Wonder Girl


DCU:NG Email Interview with John Byrne (1999) 
from DCU: Next Generation at http://come.to/dcteens

Sean: Let’s get into your addition to the Wonder Woman mythos — Cassie, the new Wonder Girl. What were your intentions in creating a new Wonder Girl? Had you stayed on the book, what were your plans for her? How do you feel about her portrayal in Young Justice?

John: Working backwards, I have not looked at Young Justice, but Cassie being in the team/book is a complete violation of what I intended for her character, no matter what they do with her there. She was not meant to be a “team player”. She was, in fact, a very conscious attempt on my part to do what I intended for Kitty Pryde, but which, because of how Chris chose to script the character, never had a chance to happen. I wanted Cassie to be a perfectly normal, perfectly ordinary teenage girl who, one day, happens to gain superpowers. Because of this the dynamic of her life is changed considerably, but she still has all the responsibilities imposed on a normal kid by her day to day home life. A friend of mind summed it up very well — “Here to save the world, but first she has to finish her homework.” Impossible to play her that way, of course, if she is running off to be in a super-team. The dynamic is destroyed.

from AOL Message Boards

Q: Why isn’t Wonder Girl a part of JLA jr.?

John: Cuz I don’t want her there. The Whole Point of Cassie is to portray a normal kid reacting to having super powers. Nothing “denormalizes” a character faster than hanging out with other super-powered folk — especially kids. Instantly we underline the fact that Cassie is in no way “special” — since she has no hope of being “unique” — in the DCU. By keeping her strictly in WONDER WOMAN, at least I can guarantee that she will be “special” there!

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Wonder Girl and Ares – a 2008 convention sketch from Phil Jimenez.

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 Phil Jimenez on Wonder Girl


Phil Jimenez Interview
[from Titans Companion 2, by TwoMorrows Publishing – 2008]

[As the writer/artist of Wonder Woman, guardianship of Wonder Girl fell under Phil Jimenez’s jurisdiction, and the creator used his time on the series to further develop the character. The following is excerpted from an interview conducted with the artist by Glen Cadigan on May 5, 2005.]

TTC: You inherited the new Wonder Girl when you wrote Wonder Woman. How closely did you work with the Young Justice people while you were writing her?

PJ: I just followed Peter David’s run, and fortunately it was the same editor, so he knew how I should handle Cassie and how I shouldn’t, and what I could do with her and what I couldn’t, and it was great. I think what Peter did for that character is phenomenal.

She was reviled, and then with some hard work and a costume change, people ended up liking her, and now she’s really popular. I think it’s really interesting to think that this new Wonder Girl was so unpopular for so long… [chuckles] I mean, people hated her, and now she’s such a popular character, so I hope I contributed to that.

I’ve heard a lot of people say they liked the way I handled Wonder Girl. I liked the way I handled Wonder Girl, so I liked that character. I liked the potential I saw in that character, so I just have Peter David to thank for that.

TTC: Why did you get rid of her secret identity?

PJ: Plot point. A character attacked her at school. I think it’s interesting that she lost it. That was about it. I would have liked to have played with it a little bit more, but more than anything, I think it’s interesting that this villain attacked her in her [school]. Rather than her confronting the villain, the villain is attacking her in all these important places, so it just seemed obvious that if she was attacked in school, people would know who she was.

TTC: You also touched on a question which a lot of people wondered, and that was “Why wasn’t Vanessa made the new Wonder Girl?” Do you think that was an oversight?

PJ: No, I think it was because John Byrne wanted to create his own Wonder Girl. I don’t think it was an oversight, I think itwas just a creative choice. But what I like about it is it gave me a story and a new villain, and a villain which Wonder Woman would have a really hard time defeating, and which Wonder Girl would find particularly… I liked it because she was a great villain for both of them.

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A Wonder Girl commission by Mike McKone.

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 Teen Titans and Wonder Girl


2003: Titans Together
[from “DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle”]

The Teen Titans had been one of DC’s most popular teams of the 1980s, and while some successive series had been well-received, none had reached the heights of the Marv Wolfman and George Pérez era until writer Geoff Johns and artist Mike McKone’s relaunch.

Following the events of Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day, Cyborg and Starfire decided to form a new team of Teen Titans to train the next generation of heroes. The team was partly made up of former members of Young Justice: Superboy (Conner Kent), Robin (Tim Drake), Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark), and Impulse (who renamed himself Kid Flash shortly after joining). The new line-up was completed with Beast Boy and the subsequent return of Raven.

The first story arc, “Child’s Play,” put the new team through their paces as their old for Deathstroke set out to kill them. The team soon learned that Deathstroke was being possessed by his son, Jericho, and old Titan long thought dead. Jericho was insane and wanted to stop the team from reforming, hoping to prevent more deaths like his own. The series succeeded in pleasing fans of all eras with its mix of old and new characters to the foreground, making the reader feel empathy toward the teenage heroes. It wasn’t long before the Teen Titans was one of DC’s best-selling titles again.

The next generation of Teen Titans by Mike McKone.

Geoff Johns on Superboy
[from Titans Companion 2, by TwoMorrows Publishing – 2008]

TTC: Now, your Titans contained a mix of old and new Titans. What sort of dynamic were you shooting for there?

GJ: Well, I looked at the original – what George and Marv did – and they had a reverse pardigm, kind of. They had the old standbys – Wonder Girl, Robin, and Kid Flash – and then they brought in the new characters Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy, who was established already as a Doom Patrol sidekick, and they made him Changeling.

And from that, I kind of saw it as, “If this is the next generation, Nightwing, Donna and Flash had already gone off on their way, and we want to make this the Teen Titans,” so I would bring in Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy as the old guard, and the new guard would be Superboy, Robin, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash.

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TTC: You had a long running subplot in the book between Ares and Wonder Girl. Was it always your intention to take as long as you did with that particular story?

GJ: Yeah, it was never something I wanted to rush into. It was always something I just wanted to just play out. You know, some storylines, some plots take longer. I think our Black Adam subplot in JSA took three years to unfold, but I think sometimes that they’re better for it.

TTC: Ares kept mentioning an upcoming battle. Was it always supposed to be the one that occurred in the Donna Troy miniseries?

GJ: Oh, no, it was going to be Crisis. Ares referred to Infinite Crisis.

TTC: So you had plans to incorporate Infinite Crisis going way back?

GJ: Yeah.

 


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A 2010 Superboy and Wonder Girl commission by Jamie McKelvie.


 Titans In Love: Superboy and Wonder Girl


It was love at first super-sight for Wonder Girl. Upon joining Young Justice, Cassie Sandsmark was instantly smitten with Supeboy (Young Justice #4 [1999]). The cocky Teen of Steel remained unmoved by Cassie’s affections. Cassie matured as a member of the team, finally ditching her geeky wig and goggles for a more fashionable ensemble. The gawky adventurer also emerged as a more capable heroine, even assuming the role of team leader. Superboy finally realized he had fallen in love with Wonder Girl, and declared his feeling in Young Justice #55 [2003], culminating in a long-deserved kiss.

Love at first super-sight in YOUNG JUSTICE #4 [1999].

The super teens’ romantic relationship continued in the pages of Teen Titans [2003], despite Wonder Woman’s initial disproval (Teen Titans #6) and Superboy’s Luthor-initiated rampage (Teen Titans #24-35). And when the Infinite Crisis threatened all of existence, Cassie and Conner consummated their relationship  (Teen Titans Annual #1). Heartbreak followed, as Superboy seemingly gave his life in Infinite Crisis #6-7, dying in the arms of Wonder Girl.

A mourning Wonder Girl became obsessed with bringing Superboy back, and joined the corrupt “Cult of Conner” to do so (52 w2, 52 w4, 52 w11-12). Eventually rejoining the Teen Titans, Cassie found comfort in the arms of Tim Drake. The pair dated for a short time, while the Legion of Super-Heroes used 31st century super-science to revive Superboy (Legion of 3 Worlds #4-5 [2009]). After defeating Superboy-Prime, Conner returned to his proper time and reunited with an elated Wonder Girl.

Superboy and Wonder Girl share their feelings in ADVENTURE COMICS #2 [2009].

But Wonder Girl later wrestled with a conflict of interests when she assumed a leadership role on the team. Having lost Superboy once, Cassie was unsure if she could be with Conner and lead the team at the same time. With that, the two star-crossed teens but a hold on their relationship (Teen Titans #88 and #91). But given all that the pair have endured, it’s a good bet they will find their way back to each other.

An interesting thing about their love story is that it’s the inverse of a typical comic book romance. Usually, it’s the dorky guy trying to win the affections of an out-of-his-league beauty. Here, it was geeky Cassie who eventually won the heart of her hunky hero.

Romantic Reads:
Young Justice [1999] #4, 6, 55
Teen Titans [2003] #5-6, 16, 24-25, 88, 91, Annual #1
Infinite Crisis [2005] #6-7
Legion of 3 Worlds [2009] #5
Adventure Comics [2009] #2

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A Wonder Girl commission by Randy Green.

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 Creators on Wonder Girl


John Byrne, Wonder Woman Writer:  “[My] intent with Cassandra was to have a NORMAL girl dealing with getting superpowers. Unfortunately, very few writers these days seem to have any sort of grasp on how to write “normal.” They seem to approach their stories with the idea that superpowers mean all bets are off. Anything can be done, and, indeed, should be done. Having Zeus be Cassie’s father is flat out stupid. But, then, pretty much everything done with the character once I left was flat out stupid – although, perhaps “flat” is not the right word.”

Peter David, Young Justice Writer: “I liked them all, actually. I actually found – I guess because of the fact I have daughters – [that] once I introduced them, I really found myself gravitating towards Wonder Girl and Arrowette. I really liked those characters, particularly Wonder Girl. I had a field day with her.”

Todd Nauck, Young Justice Artist: “For Wonder Girl, the artist at the time – I think it was Georges Jeantry – redesigned her, but when the new Wonder Woman artist Phil Jimenez took over, the editor who oversaw both books gave us permission to tweak her costume as we saw fit every once in a while. They said she’s a teenage girl; she’s always changing her costume so you can work within these parameters: black top, star-spangled pants, but you can change the type of top. It’s a spaghetti-strap little tank top, it’s a baby doll t-shirt, it’s a sweatshirt – we had freedom to play with her costume a little more, in that sense.”

Geoff Johns, Teen Titans Writer: “Given powers by the Greek Gods, Wonder Girl learned her skills from the fabled Amazons. Cassie Sandsmark was blessed by Zeus and given the power of the Greek Gods. She’s grown from an awkward girl to a competent and beautiful young woman. Coming into the Titans she’ll have some issues to deal with head on, and one in particular will challenge everything she believes in. Cassie will be continuing to grow, and maybe not in a direction Wonder Woman agrees with. Cassie is a born leader, and dealing with the older Titans won’t be a cakewalk.”

 


Sources for this entry: The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia, DC Universe Role-Playing Games: Sourcebooks and Manuals [ West End Games], DC Secret Files, supplemented by titanstower.com


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