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She’s already proven herself as the writer responsible for the lives of DC Entertainment’s DC Super Hero Girls, and this summer, Shea Fontana is stepping up to the big leagues — or the Justice League, at least — as the new writer on DC’s ongoing Wonder Woman series.
Fontana has signed on to write five issues of the twice-monthly series for the heroine, beginning with July’s No. 26, with a storyline that will introduce a new villain into the DC Universe. The move comes fresh off the success of her DC Super Hero Girls work (in addition to two graphic novels to date, she’s also written animated adventures and a digital comic series for the property).
“Having worked on DC Super Hero Girls for the last few years, I have a great sense of Wondy, a teenage Wonder Woman in a high school setting, and it’s an honor and an adrenaline rush to be writing her now ‘all grown up,'” Fontana said Thursday in a statement from the publisher. “Many of her core characteristics continue to remain routed in peace, justice and equality, but as an adult she’s seen a lot more war and tragedy, and is dealing with her world from a wiser, more experienced point of view.”
The artist for Fontana’s first two issues will be Mirka Andolfo, whose work has previously appeared in the DC Comics: Bombshells series.
Calling the chance to collaborate with Andolfo “a delight,” Fontana added that the artist “has an incredible visual storytelling talent to create cinematic superhero action sequences while capturing the complexity of the characters’ emotions [and] maintaining a clear focus on the evolving relationships between characters.”
The pair will follow a critically acclaimed run by writer Greg Rucka and artists Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott and Bilquis Evily. Announcing his departure Wednesday, Rucka wrote that his final issue will “set a table for who is to follow, and provide for them as much room to work and explore and grow. Diana’s future is bright, that’s what I’m saying.”
Fontana and Andolfo’s first issue of Wonder Woman, No. 26, will be released in comic stores and digitally July 12, with No. 27 to be released July 26.
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