Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed
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.
She continues on with the refugees to a camp, where she witnesses the difficulties they face. When an American diplomat and doctor take notice of her and her skills with language, they offer to bring her back to the US where she can study and one day help the refugees. In the US, Diana feels a little lost, but Raissa, a teen with whom she lives, shows her how to help the homeless and the children who need food. Diana begins to again find her way. However, children are going missing due to trafficking, and Diana may get pulled into the fray.
What I loved: This book deals with some heavy topics, like refugees, the immigrant experience, child trafficking, and homelessness in a really unique way- through Diana's eyes, as someone who has only known peace and harmony. She explains these issues in ways that are different and really poignant, as well as expressing the need for activism and change.
We also witness her personal struggles with identity and growing up that will speak to teenagers who are growing into adulthood but have not yet reached it. Her journey is also touched by the goddesses who created the Amazons, and it was lovely to see their connections to Diana throughout as they appear in spirit form to connect with Diana in the world.
The illustrations are really lovely and descriptive, and the text is carefully chosen to clearly impart messages without being confusing or overloading. This graphic novel is really fantastically done from both the writing and illustration perspectives. This is definitely one I would love to see continued.
Final verdict: Tackling critical issues head-on, TEMPEST TOSSED is a beautifully composed graphic novel about finding yourself, coming into your strength, and making a difference. Diana's story will speak to readers of all ages in its universality of experience and truths.