Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1

DC Comics

Written by Stephanie Williams

Art by Alitha Martinez

Inks by Mark Morales, John Livesay, and Alitha Martinez

Colors by Alex Guimarães

Letters by Becca Carey

The Rundown: Nubia and her court meet with the Justice League and letter attend a rally in Brazil.

In the opener, an agent is approached by a mysterious entity and a confrontation occurs. Meanwhile, Nubia does a press tour. Three weeks prior to these events, in Themyscira, the Amazons marvel over the creation of a new type of transport and Nubia appoints a leader in her absence. In the present, Nubia and her royal court visit the Justice League. While there, Nubia expresses her concerns to Diana as the others make promising connections with the League. Later, Hawkgirl makes a beneficial proposal to the new queen.

Elsewhere, an enemy searches for an item in Nubia’s possession. The next day, the Amazons attend a rally in Brazil. As Nubia speaks to the audience, an attack occurs. The Amazons then rush to save lives.

The Story: The first chapter of this series does not disappoint. Williams’s recreation of Nubia ushers in a new era for Themysciran lore as it does an excellent job of showing a relatable and inclusive leadership style framed in a modern aspect. I especially enjoyed watching how Nubia’s court interacted with the Justice League members and how the two groups were able to bond in various ways. These scenes not only showed the similarities between Justice League and Amazons, they allows the reader the opportunity to see the broad range of the three Amazonian tribes. I found the overall plot interesting and promising, including the cliff hanger ending.

Also, I would be remiss if I did not mention the social and environmental messages presented in the story. Nubia’s call to action and warnings were both timely and relevant to the current conditions in the rainforests of Brazil, and South America in general and I was happy to see this addressed. I really enjoyed this issue and look forward to the next entry in this saga.

The Art: This issue is filled with modern artwork with a design style that changes with location and mood. The difference between man’s world and Themyscira is blatant and wonderfully done. I am impressed with the transition between the two and how emotionally reactive the change in styling is.

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1

9.7

9.7/10

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