2016 is going to be the year of Wonder Woman. She’s featured (as played by Gal Gadot) in the highly anticipated motion picture, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, due out in March. A film-related Wonder Woman Barbie Doll will also be released around the same time. What’s more, in February of next year, young fans will be able to catch a middle school-aged Diana in Study Hall of Justice, a new illustrated novel centered on a junior detective squad she forms with her classmates, Bruce Wayne and his friend Clark Kent, when things at their mysterious school get really weird.
Aimed at readers in grades 3 – 7, Study Hall of Justice will be the first book in a new three book DC Comics: Secret Hero Society series to be published by Scholastic. The inventive novel “presents a twist on the idea of junior sleuths, using comics, journal entries, and doodles to reimagine Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman as three students in the same school.”
The story follows Bruce, Clark and Diana as they start a Junior Detective Agency to investigate their teachers and find out what’s going on behind closed doors at Doomvale Academy. It also includes a gang of jokers roaming the halls, a muscle-headed kid named Bane who wants to beat up Bruce, and a headmaster, Hugo Strange, who apparently lives up to his name.
The super sleuthing trio will try their best to solve their case, but as Scholastic notes, “just because you’re faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, it doesn’t mean you get to stay up past eleven.”
Study Hall of Justice, along with the other two novels in the DC Comics: Secret Hero Society series, will be written and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs. “The series will be published in hardcover and launch in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand,” as reported by Comics Worth Reading. “The second book is due out in Spring 2017 and features ‘more DC Comics favorite characters including Arthur Curry (Aquaman) [and] Victor Stone (Cyborg),’ with book three coming Spring 2018.”