Sunday, March 9th, is International Women’s Day, and DC Comics is marking the occasion with the announcement of a new young adult graphic novel anthology. Laurie Halse Anderson, the acclaimed author of novels like Speak and the historical Chains of America series, will curate Wonder Women of History, an anthology that will tell the true stories of women who, in the publisher’s words, “take up Wonder Woman’s iconic mantle and work in the fields of science, social justice activism, diplomacy, and more.” A full list of the women to be featured is forthcoming, but Michelle Obama, Greta Thunberg, and Malala Yusafzai are among the book’s subjects. The list of creators tackling these stories is also yet to come.
Wonder Women of History is Anderson’s latest foray into the world of comics. Her 1999 novel Speak was adapted into a graphic novel by Eisner- and Ignatz-winning cartoonist Emily Carroll in 2018, and she has another offering from DC coming this summer in the form of the young adult graphic novel Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, about Diana’s teen years.
In a statement, Anderson praised Wonder Woman’s inspirational power to women around the world:
“Wonder Woman’s commitment to justice and compassion has inspired fans for decades,” said Anderson. “I am thrilled to help bring this book of real-life Wonder Women to the world.”
Check out the official description for Wonder Women of History below. The graphic novel will retail for $16.99, and will be released widely on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.
Not all heroes wear capes.
Wonder Woman has been an inspiration for decades, and while not everyone would choose her star-spangled outfit for themselves, her compassion and fairness are worthy of emulation. Wonder Women in History presents tales of the real-world heroes who take up Diana’s mantle, focusing on the impact of activists such as Dolores Huerta, Malala Yousafzai, and Greta Thunberg; women from the world of science and technology such as Ellen Ochoa and Grace Hopper; women in sports and pop culture such as Venus and Serena Williams and Tina Fey; artists such as Frida Kahlo; and important political voices such as Michelle Obama and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, among others.
New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson brings together an all-star cast of women authors and illustrators in this anthology of Wonder Women.