Brittney Griner’s tragic detention in Russia and eventual return to the U.S. dominated the news cycle for much of 2022, becoming one of the year’s most gripping and inspiring stories in the process .
Now, the incredible story of the WNBA star will be immortalized in a special project from comic book publisher TidalWave Comics.
The company issued a press release on Thursday announcing the imminent release of a comic book chronicling the Griner, written by Michael Frizell and illustrated by Martin Gimenez. The 22-page comic book, “Woman Power: Britney Griner,” will focus on Griner’s days as a star at Baylor, through her meteoric rise in the WNBA, to her most recent stint overseas for the Fight for freedom.
“My initial approach was to explore her history to show her growth as an athlete and as a person,” says the project’s Frizel. “Although I knew little about the WNBA before I started my research, I found Britney’s story fascinating. I hope readers walk away understanding the people behind the headlines.”
According to the company’s official website, the Griner comic, which began production before her legal troubles in Russia, marks the latest installment in the publisher’s “Women’s Power” series, which features women in business, entertainment, activism and more. Inspirational stories celebrating women. Exceed. Over the years, TidalWave has produced more than 200 comic biographies, with previous work featuring women such as Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Steinem.
Greiner, 32, widely regarded as one of the sport’s finest athletes today, took an unexpected turn in her life and career after she was detained at a Russian airport in February for having cannabis oil in her luggage. interference. She later pleaded guilty to the charges and was eventually sentenced to nine years in Russian exile. After 10 months in captivity, Greiner was released on December 8 in a one-on-one prisoner swap with international arms dealer Victor Bout.
On the court, Griner’s resume stands out as one of the most accomplished players in WNBA history. The former No. 1 overall pick has amassed numerous accolades over her four collegiate seasons and nine-year career, including a WNBA championship, two Olympic gold medals, eight WNBA All-Star selections, two Defensive Player of the Year awards and an NCAA Championship in 2012 as well as Most Outstanding Player honors.
With Greiner having confirmed that she intends to play her 10th WNBA season this summer, basketball fans will surely be eager to see how the next chapter of the star center’s life will unfold in the coming months.
Power of Women: Britney Griner will be released in print and digital on January 18.