Diana Prince, a.okay.a. Diana of Themyscira, a.okay.a. Marvel Girl, is essentially the most well-known Amazon to grace the world of man together with her energy and sweetness. However she’s not the solely Amazon to stay in our world, and she or he’s not the one daughter of Hippolyta, both.
Nubia: Real One, written by L.L. McKinney with artwork by Robyn Smith, tells the story of the different Marvel Girl—Nubia, Diana’s typically long-lost twin sister—as a contemporary teen. Very like different teenagers, she is not positive who she is, and her actuality is a complete lot extra difficult than she’d ever count on!
To search out out extra (and get hyped about the truth that Nubia’s about to realize some new followers), hold studying as we break issues down.
As a self-described, and very proud, nerd, I’ve worn very comparable outfits to the one Nubia’s sporting on this cowl, proper right down to the gauntlets. (Though mine weren’t practically as official.) I really like how that is each a nod to Nubia’s true id and an instance of a closet cosplay (i.e., dressing as a personality with objects you discover in your closet, quite than creating an precise costume), and her nails are completely stellar (*wink*)…and way more becoming for a contemporary teen than the star briefs.
Inform Me a Story:
Nubia needs nothing greater than to be an everyday teen. She needs a summer time job. She needs to hang around together with her associates. She needs to go to events and go to protests in opposition to racism and social injustice. She needs to speak to her crush with out breaking out in a chilly sweat or making a idiot of herself. (Superheroes: They’re similar to us!) However Nubia’s not a traditional teen, and ever since she pushed over a tree as a baby to rescue a neighbor’s cat, her moms have drilled into her the necessity to hold her powers a secret. Nubia does not even actually know all that she will do, or the place the powers got here from.
However Nubia’s additionally not one to draw back from confrontation or stand apart when a fallacious’s being dedicated, even when which means placing her reality on the market for all to see.
Let’s Discuss Artwork:
Nubia’s world is crammed with a various group of individuals, and Smith does nice justice to that range. White people are the minority in Nubia: Actual One, and BIPOC individuals are entrance and middle—excellent for a graphic novel that delves into not solely Nubia’s power however the points that each one individuals face, particularly racism and injustice by the hands of authority figures. I notably love Smith’s use of coloration, too, in not simply the characters, however the panels as a complete. Some panels and pages are full coloration, the place others are extra restricted to focus in on the motion or emotion of a scene. The guide additionally has a very cool watercolor-like type in locations and the variations in lighting is spectacular!
In utilizing contractions, slang and intentional misspellings, McKinney has created dialog for Nubia that feels truthful and actual. This can be a guide about youngsters and it could be awkward for them to talk like they’re defending their dissertation or studying a thesaurus earlier than mattress every evening. McKinney additionally does not draw back from dialog that displays the variety of the characters within the novel. Nubia and her associates aren’t white children from North Dakota, they usually should not discuss like they’re.
Moreover, McKinney—very similar to Nubia herself—does not pull punches relating to being trustworthy in regards to the horrifying conditions Nubia finds herself in, each due to a case of mistaken id that results in her being hassled by a cop and a peaceable protest that goes sideways. The reality is not fairly, and McKinney deftly exhibits that facet of Nubia’s story with out ever getting preachy or too “after college particular.”
Good Meals Pairing:
After we first meet Nubia, she’s ingesting what appears to be like to be a blue raspberry Slurpee. The colour’s not precisely the standard blue of Marvel Girl’s costume, however there’s one thing in regards to the brightness that feels trendy—I can see it being an replace in Nubia’s eventual costume. I additionally suppose the candy and bitter blue raspberry taste completely matches Nubia’s character. She’s form and sassy in equal measure.
Favourite Teen Titan:
Though Nubia was first launched to comics followers in 1973, incomes the excellence of being DC’s first Black lady superhero, some individuals give that title to Karen Beecher-Duncan, who grew to become a Teen Titan in 1976. I would wish to suppose that Nubia, as a substitute of being mad that individuals are making an attempt to remove her title, would present assist for her fellow kick-butt Black lady and think about Bumblebee her fave Titan. (But in addition battle for the truth that she was, in reality, first. She’s no pushover!)
Most Crushworthy Character:
There are a ton of crush-worthy characters in Nubia: Learn One, so it was truly actually laborious to decide on who’d make high billing. However I’ve to go together with the cute, understanding, tremendous swoony Oscar—Nubia’s in-book crush. He is clearly into Nubia from the beginning and never due to her powers. And even when he finds out that she’s greater than only a regular teen lady, his emotions do not change (and he reassures her that her secret is secure with him). He is a Steve Trevor-like man who’s not intimidated by robust girls, and y’all know the way I really feel about that. (See my bio beneath should you’re uncertain.)
Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith is now accessible in bookstores, comedian outlets, libraries and as a digital graphic novel.
When Mandy Curtis isn’t studying books by Leigh Bardugo or Sarah J. Maas, she’s dreaming of busting dangerous guys with Marvel Girl—if Steve Trevor’s there, too, she gained’t complain—and writing about YA fiction and popular culture at Forever Young Adult. Observe her on Twitter at @mandyannecurtis.
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