Wonder Woman’s long-lost twin sister Nubia will be starring in her first-ever solo book, as DC Comics announced a new YA Graphic Novel titled Nubia: Real One. The graphic novel will bring a new contemporary twist on the character, who made a striking debut back in the 1970s but never really was given a long-term presence in the comics.
Nubia first appeared in Wonder Woman #204 by Robert Kanigher and Don Heck as a challenger of Wonder Woman’s title. As one of DC Comics’ first black woman superhero characters, Nubia (who’s got essentially the same powers as Wonder Woman) actually beats Diana in combat with her magical sword but opts to keep her alive. She assumes the role of Wonder Woman of the Floating Island – which unlike Themiscyra is full of men. It’s later revealed Hippolyta created two babies from clay, however, Mars, the God of War stole Nubia as an infant – something she never told Diana. When Nubia returns to Themiscyra to attack, Diana frees her of Mars’ mind control. Wonder Woman would then learn the truth of her twin sister. In later stories, Nubia would become an Amazonian before she was erased in Crisis on Infinite Earths, being brought back with an entirely new history, appearing occasionally in DC Comics titles.
DC’s YA Graphic Novels has featured some incredible new origin stories for heroes like Harley Quinn and Cassandra Cain. It’s exciting to see Nubia will be starring in her own book by L.L. McKinney (A Blade So Black) and Robyn Smith (The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town). The series will follow Nubia as a teen while navigating through real-world issues such as racial inequality, school violence, and other issues that impact young people – all while learning about her own history.
McKinney told DC she didn’t originally pitch a Nubia series, but included the Wonder Woman character in a different pitch. After pitching she was emailed about doing a pitch on Nubia-led book.
What’s funny is I didn’t initially set out to pitch a Nubia graphic novel,” said McKinney. “I was invited to pitch something else, but I made the decision when writing the pitch itself to add in Nubia. I’ve been a fan since pretty much birth, and I’ve watched her get moved around and appear in various iterations, none of them touching me the same way her original one had. I mean, this was Wonder Woman’s twin sister, just as strong, just as fast, if not stronger and faster. And she was BLACK! So, I added her in to my pitch for the other project. I guess something about her stuck out to the team because they emailed me and essentially asked for a pitch about Nubia.
It’s exciting to see a character with such a deep connection to Wonder Woman finally get the limelight she deserves. DC Comics’ young adult format is perfect for reintroducing Nubia to modern audiences. Hopefully, this is the start of more Nubia-led stories and a renewed focus on Wonder Woman’s twin sister. Check out the solicit for Nubia: Real One below.
Nubia: Real One (YA Graphic Novel)Written by L.L. McKinneyArt by Robyn SmithColors by Brie HendersonCover Colors by Bex GlendiningLettered by Adriana MaherCan you be a hero…if society doesn’t see you as a person?Nubia has always been a little bit…different. As a baby she showcased Amazonian strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor’s cat. But, despite Nubia’s similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she’s no Wonder Woman. And even if she was, they wouldn’t want her. Every time she comes to the rescue, she’s reminded of how people see her: as a threat. Her moms do their best to keep her safe, but Nubia can’t deny the fire within her, even if she’s a little awkward about it sometimes. Even if it means people assume the worst. When Nubia’s best friend, Quisha, is threatened by a boy who thinks he owns the town, Nubia will risk it all––her safety, her home, and her crush on that cute kid in English class––to become the hero society tells her she isn’t. From the witty and powerful voice behind A Blade So Black, L. L. McKinney, and with endearing and expressive art by Robyn Smith, comes a vital story for today about equality, identity, and kicking it with your squad.On Sale February 2, 2021.
Source: DC Comics
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