Yeah, whether it was the intent or not I've always thought that that did make her look 'less american'..So props for Byrne! Poor guy never get's any credit around here..
So do you think then that we might see less stars on it on future issues then? Or is that something that's outside of your control? ...Though truth be told, it does'nt bother me much, as I'm Scottish, and to me Captain America is the be all and end all of American values/dream type symbolism. (See Icon/Name) I don't really think it's needed for Diana. I always see her as an Amazon first and foremost which is one of the reason's I'm really starting to enjoy this arc, as it's always fun seeing what happens when you try to strip away the symbolic backgrounds to see the person underneath..(My favourite Captain America story line is still Mark Gruenwald's 'Captain America No More' 18 parter from the 80es. Part of me still wishes that Steve Rodgers was still 'The Captain' as to me he's such a perfect hero that he should be about more than just the US of A.. (Having said that I would'nt like Diana to lose the look she has, as to me it's really iconic..and I don't feel it's lessoned or strengthened by any associations that other people might make over it being American or not..)
On another note, for almost all of my life I've been mostly a Marvel guy, with most of my interest in DC coming from the movies/animation side of things.. That has for the most part meant that a lot of the dc issues I've dipped into have been either Justice League, or Bats/Superman related..
But thanks to this place I've expanded my horizons a bit, and now reading your run on the title, and having recently seen the animated flick, I think after years of not understanding the fuss about the character I think I'm finally starting to 'get' Diana. And I'm now actually reading this title before almost all of the marvel issues I pick up. So keep up the good work, and try not to let the naysayers get you down. As I for one, am really enjoying the ride. So I hope you stay with the title for a good while to come..
P.S I've been so impressed with it lately that I've started checking out Secret Six, and I'm really enjoying that too. (It's what Thunderbolts should have been like..)Never thought I'd ever like Bane as a character, but he's a lot of fun now..And I'm now counting the days until the next issue with Diana getting in on the action! Hope it's every bit as good what's came before...Quality work on both!