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!
I’ll be interested to read it, although with all due respect to the creators, I wish the interim fill-in were a little shorter.
Also, the art above looks like a DC Superhero Girls Wondy, not one of Andolfo’s from Bombshells. She has a good picture of Wonder Woman on her instagram that might give more indication of what her run will look like:
Wow, both writing and art will be a huge difference to Rucka’s run but I’m open minded. DC Superhero Girls hasn’t been bad, It’ll be interesting to see how Shea Fontana writes Diana as a grown up.
Still hope Bilquis Evely will stay on the book for a bit longer.
Not sure what AAB is talking about. I think we’re all in agreement that this creative team should be a nice change of pace from the current arc. There’s no need to go disparaging others in these forums for no reason. Considering Meredith Finch recently wrote Wonder Woman and both Nicola Scott and Bilquis Evely have been ongoing artists, there’s nothing novel or conspiratorial about putting two women as the next creative team. I’m looking forward to where they take Diana.
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