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Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed

Writer: Laurie Halse Anderson
Artist: Leila del Duca
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: June 2, 2000

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is the latest young adult graphic novel to come from DC Comics, this time with a retelling of how Wonder Woman found her place in the world.

 

An All-New Origin in Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed

DC continues its streak of creating graphic novels with a younger focus with Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed. Here we’re provided with another glimpse at an origin story for Diana, yet it’s nothing like we’ve seen before.

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed (DC Comics) cover by Leila del Duca
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed (DC Comics) cover by Leila del Duca

Diana, Princess of Themyscira, has always known that she was meant for more, even when she struggled to keep up with the Amazons that trained her. Perhaps that is why she didn’t hesitate to dive into the water that day. Now she’s been thrown into the world of mortals, only to see that they need more help than she could have ever predicted. They are torn apart by war, yes, but that is not the only danger she finds her new allies fighting against.

Writing

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed was written by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is a combination I never knew that I needed until I saw it. For those not familiar with the name, she’s the author behind Speak and Shout.

Knowing that, you can already tell that this is going to be a graphic novel full of important messages and imagery. Trust me, she does not let fans down here. Her telling is dramatic and powerful, while still holding true to everything that is Wonder Woman.

It actually goes slightly darker than one might expect, for a graphic novel targeting a slightly younger audience. Yet it’s also on point with the messages of both Wonder Woman and Laurie Halse Anderson. You can see why the pairing works so well here.

On the whole, this was a totally different sort of origin story. It was refreshing and unique, powerful, and intense. So if even if you feel like you’ve had your fill of origin tales, consider giving this one a try anyway.

Art

The artwork inside Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is every bit as unique and refreshing as the plot itself. We’re talking about highly stylized designs, bold colors, and clever lettering. All together it creates a visual experience worth checking out.

Leila del Duca was the lead artist for this project. Her portrayal of Diana and the rest of the Amazons was fascinating. But that’s not all; her drawings of the real world were also so creative—with stylized artwork and lines designed to draw attention to certain elements. It is a slight deviation from “typical” comic art, but for the better in this instance.

Kelly Fitzpatrick was in charge of the coloring, and she’s the one you have to thank for those bold colors. The very first few pages of this graphic novel are so eye-catching. Bold oranges and teal in such a combination that I never would have thought to expect. And yet…it works for Themyscira and Diana as well.

Finally, Saida Temofonte was responsible for the lettering, and they did a brilliant and clever job here. They relied on some foundations of Diana’s style, but that’s not a bad thing. Their work did successfully guide the eye as intended, all while being subtle and unobtrusive.

Conclusion

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed may be yet another origin in a sea of tellings, yet it is still utterly unique and refreshing. Wonder Woman was the perfect platform for the messages woven into this story, for a variety of reasons.

Personally, I’m so glad to have given this graphic novel a chance. It was well worth the time spent reading (and re-reading) it. My only regret is that this is likely to be a standalone novel, as I would love to see what happens next.

 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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