SHE'S ALREADY A STAR, NOW BEYONCE'S A COMIC-BOOK HERO

FAME: Beyonce
FAME: Beyonce

She's already a chart-topper. She's married to rap royalty. She's an actress. Now Beyonce will add one more feat to her already impressive resume: She's set to become a comic-book hero.

Bluewater Comics this January will send its latest biography comic, Fame: Beyonce, to comic-book shops across the country. Readers will also be able to order the comic directly from online retailers such as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

The comic, written by CW Cooke and featuring pencils by Alex Lopez, will trace Beyonce's rise through the music business, from her early days with Destiny's Child to her booming solo career.

The 32-page comic will retail for $3.99. To make sure you get your copy, contact your local comic book store to pre-order it. To find a comic book store near you go to www.comicshoplocator.com. The comic will also be on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/9XFRwo

According to writer CW Cooke, for a person seemingly always in the public eye, Beyonce has led a relatively private life. Even the most avid Beyonce fan, then, will learn something new when reading Fame: Beyonce, Cooke said.

"Working on Beyonce was quite an experience," Cooke said. "Everybody knows who she is. And yet, there are so many little things and tidbits of knowledge that seem to be passed up when people talk about her in the media.

"Getting to dive into her story and piece together her life was exciting," Cooke added. "She's accomplished so much in so little time. She's had so many ups and so few downs. Telling her story wasn't so much of a roller coaster, but more of an exciting elevator ride."

Darren Davis, publisher and founder of Bluewater Productions, said that he hopes the Beyonce comic will again draw new readers to the world of comics storytelling.

"Beyonce is such an amazingly charismatic presence," Davis said. "She has so many fans. Hopefully many of them will pick up this comic, enjoy what they see and go on to become regular comics readers. The comics industry needs new readers. I hope that Bluewater's biography comics can bring them in."

Bluewater Productions, one of the country's leading independent comics companies, publishes a wide range of comics each month. The company is known for its biography comics, and has enjoyed big success with comics based on the lives of Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and Taylor Swift. The company, though, also publishes science fiction, horror, young-adult and superhero comics.