WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson, Leila del Duca, Kelly Fitzpatrick and Saida Temofonte, on sale now.
Since Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter and first appeared in 1941’s All Star Comics #8, she has known Steve Trevor, the man who leads Diana Prince off of the mythical Paradise Island and into the outside world.
Sometimes a love interest, sometimes a mentor from the federal government but always a friend, Trevor serves as a living link between Diana’s Amazon background and her burgeoning superhero career beyond it. In the latest DC Comics original graphic novel Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, by Laurie Halse Anderson and Leila del Duca, Steve Trevor has been radically reimagined as two separate characters. This change is one of the boldest, most effective revisions in the story.
After being magically cut off from Themyscira while saving refugees from a violent storm off the island’s coast, Diana lands in Greece. Corralled with the rest of the refugees in subpar conditions and constantly treated with vitriolic contempt, Diana comes to the assistance of a young girl mistreated by the soldiers running the refugee camp.
Before the situation can escalate, Steve Chang arrives with his husband Trevor to defuse the confrontation in their role as official inspectors tasked by the United Nations. Steve is an Asian-American medical physician while Trevor is an African-American soldier, in keeping with the character’s historical military background.
The Golden Age Steve Trevor was a pilot and intelligence officer during World War II who crashed on Themyscira. This version of the character was a clear influence on the film version portrayed by Chris Pine. The modern iteration of the character was an older officer married to Etta Candy, who was never shown harboring romantic affection for Diana. The New 52 iteration was brought back to his younger age and status as a potential love interest for Wonder Woman, serving as the official A.R.G.U.S. liaison to the Justice League, which was retained moving into the DC Rebirth era.
There are two things that the reimagining of Steve Trevor in Tempest Tossed does well right from the start: First, it revises Diana’s own Wonder Woman origin. No longer following an outsider on a glorified escort mission, Diana instead leaves home to save the lives of dozens of refugees; Trevor isn’t a direct part of that equation at all. It also underscores the tragedy of being separated from home: Diana being unable to return to Themyscira is not the choice of either herself or her fellow Amazons.
The creative team doubles not only not doesn’t make Trevor a love interest for Diana, but eliminates the possibility of his ever being one by turning him into two married individuals. This is also significant because it gives Diana her first glimpse of a loving relationship outside of her home.
Trevor had previously been reimagined as an African-American soldier by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette in Wonder Woman: Earth One but Steve Chang being a separate, Asian-American character is a welcome change, especially because the two characters are in a thriving, same-sex marriage.
Still, Steve and Trevor forge a connection with Diana and serve as a bridge between both of her homes. Anderson and del Duca have taken the opportunity not just to modernize Wonder Woman and the world around her, but also make Steve Trevor provide much-needed representation for LGBTQ audiences and readers of color as separate, competent and loving characters who help show Diana Prince the good in the world beyond Themyscira.
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Longtime Wonder Woman supporting character Steve Trevor gets a welcome makeover in the new graphic novel Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed.