Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson. Illustrated by Leila Del Duca

Princess Diana is approaching her most important birthday… at 16 she will receive some of her most famous accessories, but also an opportunity to see the outside world for what it really is. On this day she hears the cries of refugees stuck on boats off the coast of Themyscira. With her cuffs and her whip and her vast knowledge of languages, Diana swims out to help the people on the rafts. Unfortunately, her plan goes awry and instead of making their way back to the island, they finally land on Greece where they are taken to a refugee camp.

It is at the camp where Diana is able to befriend a couple of Americans who help her figure out this new global landscape. They are amazed by her rawness and also her translation skills. She is given an opportunity, and a choice. What will this mean for the rest of her life? How will her time on Earth affect her relationships with her fellow Amazons and create new goals?

Wow. This graphic novel hit on so many points. I loved how Diana is repeatedly challenged. Her coming-of-age is complicated. At first she needs to adjust to life as an “adult” on the island of Themyscira, and then she needs to navigate the scary place called Earth. She takes on the task of helping the refugees… and she makes big decisions that will shape her future.

And the art! The colors connect so well with the story arc and the artwork is drawn in a perfect combination of the realism of the refugee experience and the fantasy of the superhero. There are actions scenes and heartfelt drama, and each coloring perfectly accents the feelings and emotions. I read through this book twice to really get the experience and I’m sure you will too.

Pick this up for a complete story, a wonderful take on Diana’s character, and some well-placed social commentary.

4.5 out of 5.

Thank you to NetGalley, DC Comics, and the authors for an advanced copy for review.

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