Nubia: Real One is a 2021 young adult graphic novel written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith. It centers Nubia, Wonder Woman's twin sister. The book is a coming-of-age story that follows Nubia's attempts to keep her friends safe while keeping her superhuman abilities a secret. Nubia: Real One was released on February 23, 2021.[1]

Nubia: Real One
Nubia sits outside a white house wearing a Wonder Woman logo t-shirt and has long natural hair. She wears gray pants and has polka dot fingernail polish.
DateFebruary 23, 2021
Main charactersNubia Johnson
PublisherDC Comics
Creative team
WritersL.L. McKinney
ArtistsRobyn Smith
ColoristBrie Henderson
Original publication
Published inWonder Woman
Date of publication1973

Plot edit

The story follows 17-year-old Nubia Johnson, who "attempts to conceal her superhuman strength and speed".[2] Nubia is put to the test when she attempts to keep her friend safe.[3] When Diana was formed from the blessed clay of Themyscira, she was actually the younger of a set of twins. Diana's elder sister, Nubia, was formed of darker clay and by accounts is the true heir to Hippolyta's throne. As Diana is better in combat, she may also have inherited the title of Wonder Woman had she not been abducted by the war god Mars as a baby.

Background edit

McKinney pitched the idea for a graphic novel to DC Comics, as she was a fan of the character Nubia from childhood.[4] Nubia is Wonder Woman's twin sister and DC's first black woman superhero. She has made scant appearances in Wonder Woman comics since her 1973 introduction and "did not get the widespread recognition as Wonder Woman but many diehard comic fans of color love her".[4][5]

The book was written and produced by three Black women: writer L.L. McKinney, illustrator Robyn Smith (who is Afro-Caribbean),[5] and colorist Brie Henderson.[1] McKinney said of the significance of centering a story about a black woman and described her depiction of Nubia as "strong, powerful, vulnerable, provided for, and most importantly, loved".[1]

Publication history edit

The book was released by DC Comics on February 23, 2021.[4]

Critical reception edit

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly wrote: "Nubia's humorous awkwardness will resonate as readers marvel at her strength and sense of duty in a world that fails to protect her".[2] Nubia: Real One also received positive reviews from Common Sense Media, NPR, and School Library Journal.[6][7][8]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b c Stidhum, Tonja Renée (2020-05-28). "Exclusive: A Cover Reveal of L.L. McKinney's Nubia: Real One—She's Much More Than Wonder Woman's Twin Sister". The Root. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  2. ^ a b "Children's Book Review: Nubia: Real One". 2021-02-02. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  3. ^ "DC DEBUTS FIRST LOOK AT 'NUBIA: REAL ONE'". DC Comics. 2020-05-28. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  4. ^ a b c McMillan, Graeme (2020-05-28). "'Nubia' Graphic Novel to Focus on Wonder Woman's Twin Sister | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  5. ^ a b Gooden, Tai (2020-05-29). "NUBIA: A REAL ONE Lets Wonder Woman's Sister Shine". Nerdist. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  6. ^ Berry, Michael (2021-02-04). "Nubia: Real One – Book Review". Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  7. ^ Mozzocco, J. Caleb (2021-03-24). "Nubia: Real One | Review". Good Comics for Kids. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  8. ^ Giles, Juanita (2021-02-21). "In 'Nubia: Real One', Trying To Be A Hero When Society Thinks You're A Threat". Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  9. ^ Grunenwald, Joe (2021-07-16). "2021 Harvey Awards nominees revealed, and voting is now open". The Beat. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  10. ^ Asher-Perrin, Emmet (17 September 2022). "Announcing the Winners of the 2022 Ignyte Awards!". Macmillan. Retrieved 21 September 2022.

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