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Review: Wonderful Women of the World – Marking DC’s Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary

Wonderful Women of the World

We received an advanced .PDF copy of this comic book for review purposes. Opinions are our own.

When the introduction of a comic book speaks so strongly to your daughter that she devours the entire book in a night, you know that you have something great on your hands. That was the experience my daughter had in reading Wonderful Women of the World a compilation of stories of 23 influential women. Each story is done by a different writing and artistic team. Here are some of those women and the teams that brought their stories to the pages of the book.

Women profiled and creative teams below:

  • Beyoncé – Writer: Mikki Kendall / Artist: A D’Amico
  • Edith Windsor – Writer: Amanda Deibert / Artist: Cat Staggs
  • Francisca Nneka Okeke – Writer: Sheena Howard / Artist: Laylie Frazier
  • Greta Thunberg – Writer: Kami Garcia / Artist: Igzell
  • Judith Heumann – Writer: Marieke Nijkamp / Artist: Ashanti Fortson
  • Khatijah Mohamad Yusoff – Writer: Amanda Deibert / Artist: Hanie Mohd
  • Keiko Agena – Writer: Sarah Kuhn / Artist: Lynne Yoshii
  • Leiomy Maldonado – Writer: Magdalene Visaggio / Artist: Alexis Williams
  • Malala Yousafzai – Writer: Son M. / Artist: Safiya Zerrogui
  • Marcia Barbosa – Writer: Corinna Bechko / Artist: Anastasia Longoria
  • Mariana Costa Checa – Writer: Melissa Marr / Artist: Marcela Cespedes
  • Mari Copeny – Writer: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich / Artist: Sharee Miller
  • Marsha P. Johnson – Writer: Jadzia Axelrod / Artist: Michaela Washington
  • Naomi Watanabe – Writer: Jodi Houser / Artist: Michiums
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Writer: Lilah Sturges / Artist: Devaki Neogi
  • Ellen Ochoa – Writer: Cecil Castellucci / Artist: Carina Guevara
  • Serena Williams – Writer: Danielle Paige / Artist: Brittney Williams
  • Teara Fraser – Writer: Traci Sorell / Artist: Natasha Donovan

There is a great cross section of women profiled in this book and each story is very compelling. I read through a bunch and really enjoyed the book but my daughter was practically jumping up and down when she told me about Marsha P. Johnson and what she learned about her in the book. I learned that these sort of profiles used to be a part of the Women Woman comic books from 1942 – 1954. That in itself is amazing. I can’t imagine that being a feature during those times. I really wish it was a regular feature of the book now. That would be an attractive addition to the books that would definitely get me to open a subscription for my daughter.

The comic is out in stores today and it is worth the read. Buy it for your daughters, buy it for your sons because it is a very accessible way for kids to learn about so many diverse strong women and their lives. You may even find that the stories set off a fire in your kids and inspire them to their own greatness. If you are buying the book please consider using our Amazon.com affiliate link below. It helps us out.

Review: Unearthed: a Jessica Cruz Story

Jessica Cruz Unearthed

I received a digital and a physical copy of this graphic novel for free from DC Comics to read and review. Opinions are my own.

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story is a super hero story of a different sort. Jessica is not off fighting aliens and super villains in this one. This is a much more grounded story that is so relevant to today. Jessica is finding her life turned upside down and pulled in many directions at once. She is working hard at a special fellowship. she studies hard and gets good grades, she takes care of her parents and her home by cooking and cleaning. She’s even preparing to apply for college. However, forces outside of herself are in motion to turn her world upside-down. I’m not talking Darkseid or Grail here either. These forces are racism, nationalism and fear.

Jessica Cruz Page 1

the official description of the comic is this: “Unearthed is the first graphic novel from acclaimed YA author Lilliam Rivera (Never Look Back) and rising illustrator Steph C., featuring a reimagined origin for Jessica Cruz, one of DC’s brightest young stars. As her home of Coast City is plagued by rising xenophobia, Jessica must navigate the challenges of life as a DREAMer in this honest and emotional exploration of the immigrant experience in America. Through Jessica’s bravery and determination, Rivera and C. show readers that even without a power ring, the best among us can be heroes when called upon.”

In this story we see a more grounded conflict, one that cannot be taken on with a power ring. Jessica must use all of her willpower and compassion to work together with friends in order to fight against the growing darkness that is creeping into Jessica’s life. We see how things get worse as she isolates herself from her support system and attempts to do everything herself. It is only with sheading light on the issue through her resolve and with the help of her community that things improve.

Jessica Cruz internal pages

while this is overall a story of an immigrant child and her experiences it is also one that speaks to teens all over who don’t feel that they have a voice or power. It was only through tapping into her support network and taking positive action that she saw things improve.

the book was beautifully illustrated by Steph C. Each page looks like a watercolor and the choice of colors is also significant for many parts of the book. there is a whole theme with Jessica’s museum fellowship and how the Aztec gods play a role because of a museum display. Jessica experiences visions or dreams about two of the gods and when she does the pages get the most vibrant.

The story itself was done very well. Lilliam Rivera shows a highly relatable story of child of immigrant parents and the fears, joys, pressures and triumphs that entails. Eva will be reading this comic next and I suspect that she will find it quite compelling.

the book came out yesterday and is available everywhere. You can purchase it on Amazon.com and if you do so please consider using my affiliate link below.