Wonder Woman changed comics forever when she made her debut in the pages of Sensation Comics back in the early ‘40s — and now, eight decades later, Diana’s comic adventures are bringing back an old regular to create a graphic novel celebrating the Amazon champions of the real world.
When Diana spun out of Sensation Comics and right into her very own accompanying Wonder Woman ongoing just months after her debut, every issue up until Wonder Woman #66 concluded with a backup feature called Wonder Women of History. Written from Diana’s perspective, each story examined a prominent female figure, educating audiences about their impact on history — and now the idea is returning, in the form of a new graphic novel that takes a more modern lens.
Borrowing the same name as the old backup feature, Wonder Women of History is curated by Laurie Halse Anderson, and brings together 18 creative teams — made up of female-identifying and nonbinary writers and artists — to highlight contemporary women from politics and activism, popular culture and sports, science and industry, and other fields that “take up Wonder Woman’s iconic mantle” as champions of noble causes. Here’s the full list of featured women, and their creative teams, announced by DC Comics today:
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – written by Lilliam Rivera and drawn by Anastasia Longoria
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg – written by Lilah Sturges and drawn by Devaki Neogi
- Elizabeth Warren – written and drawn by Renae De Liz
- Rashida Tlaib – written and drawn by Marguerite Dabaie
- Teara Fraser – written by Traci Sorell and drawn by Natasha Donovan
- Beyoncé – written by Mikki Kendall and drawn by A. D’Amico
- Edith Windsor – written by Amanda Deibert and drawn by Cat Staggs
- Marsha P. Johnson – written by Jadzia Axelrod and drawn by Michaela Washington
- Emma Gonzalez – written by Kami Garcia and drawn by Igzell
- Judith Heumann – written by Marieke Nijkamp and drawn by Ashanti Fortson
- Ellen Ochoa – written by Cecil Castellucci and drawn by Carina Guevara
- Shi Zhengli – written by Emily X.R. Pan and drawn by Wendy Xu
- Serena Williams – written by Danielle Paige and drawn by Brittney Williams
- Tig Notaro – written by Sara Farizan and drawn by Nicole Goux
- Keiko Agena – written by Sarah Kuhn and drawn by Lynn Yoshii
- Dominique Dawes – written by Danny Lore and drawn by Robyn Smith
- Janelle Monáe – written by Vita Ayala and drawn by O’Neill Jones
Preview art from the graphic novel released by DC seems to hint that, just like the original backup, these stories might be framed from Diana’s perspective, so don’t expect a Wonder Woman/AOC blockbuster teamup, sadly. But it’s a cool way for DC to use Wonder Woman’s character to highlight these stories, evoking a part of her past from the earliest days of her creation.
Wonder Women of History is set to release on December 1