You may know Wonder Woman, but get ready to meet her daughter. With DC Comics announcing the launch of its new line of DC Black Label graphic novels comes a bombshell guaranteed to please fans of Diana Prince. After delivering one of the most essential Wonder Woman comics in memory, and writing a spectacular origin story for Wonder Woman: Rebirth, comic writer Greg Rucka will be shaping a brand new heroine for DC Black Label: WONDER WOMAN: DIANA'S DAUGHTER.
As the title suggests, the story will be shifting the attention from Wonder Woman to the daughter she leaves behind. But from the first details, Diana's Daughter (still only the working title for the book) seems to be taking DC's mission statement of risk, ambition, and boldness to heart. Because Diana's daughter won't be living in the world DC readers know. Or, come to think of it, even the world DC heroes know. In fact, Wonder Woman's daughter may not know her origins at all. Not at first, anyway...
The creative teams are an all-star group across the board, promising new legends focused on DC's biggest heroes, like Frank Miller's Superman: Year One and the team-up of Batman and Constantine in Batman: Damned. The mythology surrounding Wonder Woman is actually the source of not one, but TWO of DC Black Labe's first wave. Neither include Diana directly (yet), with Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons telling the lost history of the woman warriors. Diana may have a role in Diana's Daughter, but from the official synopsis, it sounds like Diana's absence is the point of Rucka's story.
Her absence, and that of every other DC Comics hero:
Wonder Woman: Diana's Daughter (working title) from Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman, BATWOMAN) It's been 20 years since the world stopped looking to the skies for hope, help, and inspiration. Now the world keeps its eyes down, and the powers that have risen have every intention of keeping things that way. Amongst a scattered, broken resistance, a young woman seeks to reclaim what has been forgotten, and on the way will learn the truth about herself, her heritage, and her destiny.
There are sure to be some made uneasy by an entire graphic novel being centered on Wonder Woman's daughter - even with Greg Rucka behind it. Since the DC Rebirth Diana's extended family has been a regular source of drama. Whether it's Wonder Woman's brother Jason arriving on the scene, or her father Zeus close behind, some may wish to see Diana as the star of a DC Black Label book. Though that may still turn out to be the case here, too.
We know one thing: if Greg Rucka wants to tell a story about Wonder Woman's daughter, that's the story he gets to tell. As DC Publisher Jim Lee explains, that's exactly the freedom DC Black Label is based on:
"Many of our perennially best-selling, critically acclaimed books were produced when we unleashed our top talent on standalone, often out-of-continuity projects featuring our most iconic characters, a prime example being Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. Creating DC Black Label doubles down on our commitment to working with all-star talent and trusting them to tell epic, moving stories that only they can tell with the highest levels of creative freedom."
No official artwork for Diana's Daughter has been released. There also hasn't been confirmation that the daughter in Rucka's story will be the same as Diana's alternate-Earth daughter. That includes Hippolyta "Lyta" Trevor, the daughter of Diana and Steve Trevor. That also includes Fury, the Earth-2 daughter of Wonder Woman and Darkseid's uncle, Steppenwolf. At this point, all bets are off.
We'll continue to keep you updated as the future of DC Black Label becomes clearer, including an official title and artist for Diana's Daughter. For now, who would you like to see join Rucka on the graphic novel? Did this story just become the most anticipated from all of DC Black Label's announcements? Or do you doubt even Rucka's abilities to deliver a true successor to his Wonder Woman work?
Source: DC Comics