When Greg Rucka announced he was leaving Wonder Woman yesterday, (along with artist Liam Sharp, and, it now seems Nicola Scott and Bilquis Evely) The Beat suggested that unless DC hired a woman writer to help the book…there would be a social media inferno.
Luckily, DC has allowed a day of cool, peaceful internet posting by announcing that Shea Fontana will take over the book for five issues. DC Bombshells artist Mirka Andolfo (also female) will draw the first two issues of Fontana’s run.
Fontana has been killing it on the hit DC Super Hero Girls comics, cartoons and graphic novels so she’s a logical choice from every angle.
“Having worked on DC Super Hero Girls for the last few years, I have a great sense of Wondy, a teenage Wonder Woman in a high school setting, and it’s an honor and an adrenaline rush to be writing her now ‘all grown up,'” Fontana said in a statement from the publisher. “Many of her core characteristics continue to remain routed in peace, justice and equality, but as an adult she’s seen a lot more war and tragedy, and is dealing with her world from a wiser, more experienced point of view.”
Calling the chance to collaborate with Andolfo “a delight,” Fontana added that the artist “has an incredible visual storytelling talent to create cinematic superhero action sequences while capturing the complexity of the characters’ emotions [and] maintaining a clear focus on the evolving relationships between characters.”
Well this mark a more “YA friendly” version of Wonder Woman? In the wake of what DC hopes will be a hit Wonder Woman movie making the characater accessable for all in the pritn verion may not be a bad idea.
DC Super Hero Girls, a project widely championed in the Diane Nelson-led wing of WB, has been a huge success in the toy and licenign arenas, so its unsurprising to see its influence spill over like this.
Above: unrelated Bombshells art by Andolfo.
BREAKING NEWS! Andolfo secretly previewed this on Instagram with his picture she drew of Wonder Woman! Shocker update!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.