Add lead comic book character to the descriptors of already-colorful country music icon Dolly Parton.
The 22-page Female Force: Dolly Parton arrives on March 31 via TidalWave Comics. It'll be available in print and digital formats.
DOLLY PARTON LIFE STORY FEATURED IN NEW COMIC BOOK.
— TidalWave Comics (@TidalWaveProd) March 18, 2021
For better or worse, it won't be Parton's entry into the Marvel Universe. Instead, it's the latest issue in a "Female Force" series of biographical comics that's already featured former first lady Michelle Obama, pop superstar Cher, women's rights activist Gloria Steinem and Catholic saint Mother Teresa.
"We've found a niche with our bio comics," TidalWave publisher Darren G. Davis said (as reported by Reuters (New York)). "There is a much wider audience for sequential storytelling than many have thought. These readers are simply looking for something other than superheroes."
Michael Frizell, a comic book writer who's covered everything from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's romance to the Tiger King's rise to social media infamy, will retell Parton's rise from poverty in East Tennessee to global stardom as a singer-songwriter, businessperson and actor.
"Writing about Dolly was a joy," Frizell said in a statement. "Her creativity, philanthropy and humanity are legendary."
Parton's remained a trending topic throughout the coronavirus pandemic, from her latest Grammy Award win to her fiscal contributions toward the development of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA-1273, and her "Jolene"-inspired singalong while getting her own vaccination.
Aside from an issue of alternative comic Love and Rockets and parodies in Mad and Cracked magazines, Parton's been absent from comic books that weren't biographical. Although a country singer named Dulcinda Rae in Superman Family #217 looks a lot like the Nashville legend.
Per its Twitter description, Portland-based TidalWave Comics started in 2001 at Image Comics. Its titles include Stormy Daniels: Space Force.