Wow, some people like to dig deep in symbolism and extrapolate. Seriously, I by no mean wish to be demeaning. But...how Freud said it? "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar"?
Don't feel threatened by a little symbolism. The symbol is just a vehicle for ideas. Regardless of whether it was intentional on the author's part (and I am certain it was), the coincidence - or as Jung would say, synchronicity
- of Wanda's FAQ outfit with her crest can be viewed to reflect the dichotomy of Wanda's nature and her standing in Erfworld. It is a legitimate basis for speculation, and the symbol is a useful tool to convey the meaning in a compact, graphic form.
She is a croackamancer...she works with undea...I mean, uncroacked. A skull is a pretty logical thing for her to have as a crest. But she is also kinda feminine and definitely likes dressing in various nice outfits ('cept the last one...) and adding a flower to it fits the character.
Alas, it is not that simple. Taken separately, a skull is indeed an abstract symbol of death, or undeath, fit for a necromancer. A flower is just an ornament, a fashion accessory, fit for a lady. However, Wanda
is the one who wears this
particular flower in this
specific fashion. Therefore, the one who wears this flower is Wanda. And on her crest, a corpse
is wearing this flower. Ergo, Wanda
- or, perhaps the flower-wearing
Wanda, the FAQ
Wanda - is being viewed as a corpse
. This meshes well with several things: Jack's reminiscence about Wanda having been badly broken and badly rebuilt; Wanda's powers of Uncroaking and Decrypting, i.e. "badly" rebuilding broken things; and Wanda's despair for her past and her future - "Fate does not care", trampling everything underfoot.
What I'm curious about is whether Wanda had chosen this crest herself - which would show almost Hamletian depths of self-reflection 8=) , or it had been selected for her by the powers-that-be, the cogs behind Erfworld's machinery, Fate or the Titan’s Will, whatever the alias. And if the latter, whether Wanda understands the significance.
let's remember it's being made by mere humans that cannot possibly mean every single thing they do to have five layers of inner symbolism or obliquely foreshadow the future events...
How often have I heard that one. Usually as an excuse to not use the brain for speculative thought. But, rest assured, what we have here is a very mild case. Cute and tame compared to some of the stuff out there. Lynch’s “Lost Highway”, for instance, or “Foucault's Pendulum” by Eco, or Aronofsky’s Pi
. Or even the Bible – now there’s a book you can’t read straight, whatever your outlook on its message. And yet there were always some who condemned analysis in favour of literal perception - even when literal perception made no sense, the author was obviously using symbolism to convey his ideas, and the analysts offered reasonable interpretations which resolved the baffling questions.
Toying with interpretative perception, for the intellectual mind, is like reading a detective story, a mystery to be solved with the clues and hints dropped by the author. The difference is that interpretation is not the goal, it’s an instrument used to improve understanding, and as such remains a valid tool regardless of the author’s intentions. With it, every book becomes a detective story, every movie – a mystery, every poem – a chiffre. Every dream – a potential solution to a psychological problem, if you wish to continue the psychoanalysis allusion. Denying the possibility of interpretation is about as productive as claiming that there is no killer in an Agatha Christie murder novel. The same parallel can be drawn with reference humour, which seems to be so popular in this comic and today’s American culture in general. Like for you Wanda’s outfit is an obvious reference to TRHPS, for me the illustration to this update is an obvious reference to Wanda’s crest.
Of course, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a coincidence is just a coincidence, but you can't be sure without some thinking, which is what I’m doing here, and there’s no reason to get your panties in a knot about it.