DC Comics has announced that Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, a new YA title from Laurie Halse Anderson and Leila del Duca arrives on June 2nd.
Putting a fresh, contemporary twist on the iconic character’s origin story, Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed follows Diana as she is separated from her family and her home, and becomes a refugee and, later, an immigrant. Diana too sees Lady Liberty as she arrives in the U.S., and must start a new life on new shores. As Diana battles for social justice, this story examines powerful social issues like trafficking, gentrification, poverty, and American Idealism, while showing how important it is to be brave and fight back in the face of adversity. This original young adult graphic novel is aimed at readers ages 15+, and hits stores everywhere books are sold on 6/2/2020.
Diana of Themyscira believes that her sixteenth 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 fight and new friends to make, she must redefine what it means to belong, to be an Amazon, and to make a difference.
I really think DC is starting to figure it out with its YA offerings and targeting younger readers though booksl ike Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed. The big question going forward will be, “Is DC patient enough to watch this play out, or will it be cut short and deemed as a failure, before it gets a chance to soar?”