DC Comics has announced that Diana, Princess of the Amazons, the middle-grade graphic novel released at the beginning of January, has sold out of its first printing, and that a second printing is on its way. The graphic novel by writers Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and illustrator Victoria Ying stars a young Diana, before she becomes Wonder Woman, as she struggles with being the only kid on Themyscira.
Diana, Princess of the Amazons is the latest win for DC’s young readers graphic novel line, which launched last year. The line’s most successful book to date, Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo‘s Teen Titans: Raven, has had four printings so far, with a sequel focused on fellow Titan Beast Boy due out later this year. In a Facebook Live Q&A with retailers earlier this year, former DC co-publisher Dan DiDio cited Teen Titans: Raven and Diana, Princess of the Amazons as the “two breakout hits” of DC’s young reader publishing initiative.
The success of Diana, Princess of the Amazons isn’t entirely surprising, as Shannon Hale is a fairly well-known name in the young reader graphic novel department. Hale has written two graphic memoirs, Real Friends and Best Friends, and she and husband Dean Hale have also co-created the popular The Princess in Black series; both The Princess in Black and the Real Friends books are illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Combine a successful creator with a character like Wonder Woman, who’s profile has never been higher thanks to a hit movie with a sequel on the way, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
The second printing for Diana, Princess of the Amazons will, according to DC, result in over 200,000 copies of the graphic novel being in circulation. If you’re lucky, you can still find the first printing in-stores now.