What’s a better birthday present than transforming into a superhero?
Beyoncé, who turned 39 on Friday, will be featured in a graphic novel to celebrate the power of real-world heroes.
DC Comics, the company that created superhero franchises like Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman, announced Thursday that itsWonder Women of History graphic novel will be released in bookstores in December, according to Yahoo Entertainment.
Ocasio-Cortez headlines the group of women in politics honored in the book that also includes Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Williams is joined by gymnast Dominique Dawes, who won four medals at three different Olympic competitions, as women honored for their work in the realm of sports.
Janelle Monae will also be recognized in the comic.
The book, edited by New York Times best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson, celebrates 18 heroines who embody Wonder Woman’s indomitable spirit and commitment to excellence.
“Wonder Woman has been an iconic figure for girls and women around the world for generations,” Anderson told Nerdist. “She gave me the example of a woman who combined justice, compassion, athleticism, and power that I needed. When the good people at DC brought up the idea of an anthology of real-life Wonder Women to me, I was on board instantly.”
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Marieke Nijkamp, one of the authors of the novel, is the first disabled author to write for Barbara Gordon, a Batman protégé who is physically impaired during an attack from the Joker.
Nijkamp said the anthology should illustrate the communal flow of activism, in which there are many different types of people contributing to improving social justice in many different ways.
“I knew from the start I wanted to focus on a disabled activist, and there are so many amazing disabled women (and disabled people of all genders) out there fighting for disability rights and justice that at times it felt impossible to narrow that scope,” she said.
Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender icon who died in 1992, will be recongized for their work in gay advocacy and trans rights. In February, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced East River State Park in Brooklyn will be renamed after Johnson, whom he called an “icon of the community,” as Blavity previously reported.
Beyoncé has grown throughout her career to be a champion of social justice that uses her platform to inspire change. In July, she partnered with the NAACP to launch the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund. The first round of applications closed later that month, but the singer announced Wednesday that she would donate an additional $1 million to support the program and its participants, according to Billboard.
Wonder Women of History goes on sale on December 1, 2020, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.