Wonder Woman Tempest Tossed: Graphic Novel Review

Tempest Tossed is a  fiercely feminist exploration of a young Wonder Woman that will resonate with readers long after they’ve finished reading.
Rating: 4.75 Stars

A copy of this graphic novel was sent to me by DC Comics for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed in the below review are completely my own and not influenced in any way.

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed
Laurie Halse Anderson
Art: Leila del Duca
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: June 2nd, 2020
Synopsis: 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 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.

What struck me most with Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is that it never pulled it’s punches. Laurie Halse Anderson is no stranger to difficult topics in literature and she is masterful in this retelling of Diana’s youth. The accompanying art in the novel conveys a sense of urgency and action, which lifts the story and creates the perfect blend of words and art.

We see Diana’s youth in Themyscira and how the female empowered and justice seeking ways of the Amazons have molded her. Then, Diana is ripped from her world while saving a drowning refugee and left to find her way through our planet’s current era of war, hate, and racism.

Anderson brings many issues of this day in age to the page and she puts them front and center. The only reason this rating isn’t a 5 star is because the pace felt so break neck fast as we went with Diana through her journey of discovery. But, the fact is, there is so much out there to cover, that were it not for the pace, the novel would have been much, much longer. I felt Anderson handled the approach to topics in a sensitive manner while still calling things out for what they are: abuse, racism, prejudice.

The art by Leila del Duca is stunning and works so well for the story being told. It reminds me of older comics, but modernized somehow. This graphic novel is the perfect relationship of story and art coming together to enrich each other.

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is another fantastic entry to the DC Comics YA graphic novel collection. Do not let this one slip through your fingers.

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