Left: the original design for Glory used on Wikipedia, concept by Liefeld and art by Deodato.
Right: the redesign of Glory via Project Rooftop, created by Ross Campbell and Joe Keatinge. Note that this is Glory at her least bulky and muscular*, as she appears in Campbell’s art.
I had the good fortune to find a copy of Glory, Vol. 1: The Once and Future Destroyer at a nearby library book sale (indicating that someone bought this book and didn’t want to keep it. I know, insanity, right?). I scored it for about a quarter, but I will tell you right now that it is worth far more than that, it is worth far more than the meager prices you can get it for on Amazon (appropriate!).
Glory started out as not much more than a pastiche of Wonder Woman, but with Keatinge’s retcons and Campbell’s brilliant art, she becomes something else, something magnificent, something we oh so desperately needed: a super-strong female heroine who actually looks super-strong. Campbell manages to continue to prove how amazing he is at drawing diverse body types by presenting Glory at a variety of power levels and physiques ranging from titanic monster-woman to something more believable on par with a power lifter, and yet never once masculinizes her looks (not that I think masculine women are an issue, considering the number of butch lesbians I’ve fallen for); nor does he seem to rely on body-builders as the model for muscular physiques, instead giving Glory a bulkier and less defined physique of the type that competitions focused on pure strength demand.
This is the kind of redesign many other heroines should have: not mere changes in their costumes while their bodies remain those of professional models, but rather a change to her actual appearance, showing the kind of power she is supposed to have.
I should warn anyone who is bothered by violence or gore that Glory is not for them. It’s not a huge part of the story, but the art does not hold back in showing the results of combat between beings with superhuman strength. You can check out more of the art at Campbell’s website.
Oh, did I mention that it passes the Bechdel test flawlessly, and there’s plenty of room for shipping? Because, yup.
Seriously, though. Y’all ought to pick up a copy. The second trade paperback just came out, and includes the final issue. It’s too short, but sometimes the world can only take a little bit of awesome at a time.
*Short of some childhood flashback scenes, natch.