Brittney Griner’s harrowing detention in Russia and eventual return to the United States dominated news cycles for the better part of 2022, becoming one of the year’s brightest and most compelling stories in the process.
Now, the WNBA star’s incredible story is set to be immortalized in a project from comic book publisher, TidalWave Comics.
The company issued a press release Wednesday announcing the upcoming release of the gay comic book Griner, written by Michael Frizell with art by Martin Gimenez. Titled “Women’s Power: Brittney Griner,” the 22-page comic book will chronicle Griner’s days as a collegiate star at Baylor to her meteoric rise in the WNBA to her recent fight for freedom overseas.
“My first method was to explore his story to show his growth as an athlete and a person,” said Frizell of the project. “I found Brittney’s story fascinating even though I didn’t know much about the WNBA before I started the research. I hope readers will leave understanding the person behind the headlines. “
According to the company’s official website, the comic Griner, which began production before his legal issues in Russia, marks the new chapter of the publisher’s “Women’s Force” series which celebrates women with inspiring stories in the fields ranging from business to entertainment to fitness and beyond. TidalWave has produced more than 200 comic book biographies over the years, including previous titles that profiled women like Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Steinem.
Widely regarded as one of the best in the sport today, Griner, 32, dealt with an unexpected disruption in his life and career after he was detained at a Russian airport in February for having hashish in his luggage soak. Later, he pleaded guilty to the charges against him and was sentenced to nine years in Russia. After 10 months in custody, Griner was released on December 8 in a one-for-one prisoner swap for international arms dealer Viktor Bout.
On the court, Griner’s streak stands out as the most accomplished by any player in WNBA history. The former No. 1 pick has accumulated many accolades during her four collegiate seasons and nine years in the pros, including a WNBA championship, two Olympic gold medals, eight WNBA All-Star selections, eight Defensive Player of the Year awards and the an NCAA title. in 2012 along with the Most Outstanding Player award.
With Griner confirming her intention to play her 10th WNBA season this summer, basketball fans will surely be excited to see how the next chapter of the star’s career will play out in the coming months. .
“Women’s Power: Brittney Griner” will be available in print and digital formats on January 18.