New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak, Shout) and artist Leila del Duca reimagine Wonder Woman’s origins in this timely story about the refugee experience, teenage activism, and finding the love and strength to create change.
Princess Diana believes that her 16th birthday will be one of new beginnings–namely acceptance into the warrior tribe of Amazons. The celebrations are cut short, however, when rafts of refugees break through the Themysciran barrier. Diana tries to help them, but she is swept away by the sea–and from her home–thus becoming a refugee herself.
Now Diana must survive in the world outside of Themyscira for the first time; the world that is filled with danger and injustice. 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, battling for justice, and the power of friendship.Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, Laurie Halse Anderson & Leila Del Duca
June 2nd, 2020
This is the second Wonder Woman graphic novel I’ve read this year (the first being Diana, Princess of the Amazons). It varied so much in tone and yet, still carried the same themes about strength, girl power, and justice. It just goes to show how vital a great illustrator is and Leila Del Duca really brought Anderson’s version of Diana Prince to life in stunning ways.
The art itself was beautiful and dynamic. The writing touched on so many important topics–immigration, profiling, war, refugees, human trafficking, and so much more. This Diana becomes stranded from her only known home of Themyscira on her 16th birthday, just when she believes she will become a true Amazonian warrior. She’s deposited on the war torn shores of the modern world and eventually finds a home in New York City, where she joins her new family in fighting for justice and peace.
Wonder Woman is down right my favorite superhero, ever. I love badass women who use their strength and power to fight for good. Diana as portrayed in Tempest Tossed is a particular favorite with how she’s coded as an immigrant and refugee. I love seeing how she learns new cultures and modern trends, and slowly comes into her own outside of her sheltered upbringing.
The story itself meandered a little bit, and I spent quite a bit of time waiting for some kind of plot to appear. There were a lot of things tackled in the course of the graphic novel, and it seemed to start spreading a little thin. The climax surrounding the child trafficking ring felt rushed.
Otherwise, it was an enjoyable read and a great addition to the shelves of any Wonder Woman fans.
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