New York Times bestselling author Lauria Halse Anderson (Speak, Shout) and acclaimed artist Leila Del Duca (Sleepless, American Vampire) are teaming up for a new young adult graphic novel from DC Comics. Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, slated for release in June 2020, will explore themes of American idealism and the refugee experience through Diana’s teen years, before she became a superhero.
“My work on Wonder Woman combines my love for the character with my respect for the issues facing teenagers today,” said Anderson in a statement. “It was a dream project to write. But when Leila del Duca was brought on board as the artist? BOOM: creative magic through and through!”
Also in a statement, Del Duca said, “Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed was a dream to work on. Laurie wrote such a smart script, creating a new, special take on Diana that is the perfect match to what I love about Wonder Woman and the morals she represents. I hope readers enjoy following Diana’s journey as she faces heartbreaking obstacles head on, with an open heart, a quick mind, and her indomitable spirit.”
This announcement follows on the heels of a highly successful year for DC’s line of young adult graphic novels, as well as the announcement of an entire spring slate of titles and the upcoming You Brought Me the Ocean, a LGBTQ+ OGN starring Aqualad that hits shelves in June. It doesn’t seem as if DC is slowing down with its YA announcements, despite shuttering the DC Ink imprint earlier this year; that’s a good thing for readers of all ages, especially if DC continues to bring in big names in YA to tell new stories about its most iconic characters.
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed will hit stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold on June 2, 2020; list price is $16.99. In addition to writing by Anderson and art by Del Duca, the book will also feature colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick.
See below for the official synopsis, as well as a preview.
Princess Diana of Themyscira believes that her 16th birthday will be one of new beginnings—namely, acceptance into the warrior tribe of the Amazons. But her birthday celebrations are cut short when rafts carrying refugees break through the barrier that separates her island home from the outside world. When Diana defies the Amazons to try to bring the outsiders to safety, she finds herself swept away by the stormy sea. Cut off from everything she’s ever known, Diana herself becomes a refugee in an unfamiliar land.
Now Diana must survive in the world beyond Themyscira for the first time—a world that is filled with danger and injustice unlike anything she’s ever experienced. With new battles to be fought and new friends to be made, she must redefine what it means to belong, to be an Amazon, and to make a difference.
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is a story about growing into your strength, fighting for justice, and finding home.