Queen of the Amazons #1

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There have been quite a few changes to the Amazon hierarchy over the past few months, and DC isn’t stopping anytime soon. After Hippolyta’s death, the warrior women of Themyscira named Nubia to be their queen. Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1 debuts a new four-part miniseries, written by Stephanie Williams, with art by penciler Alitha Martinez and inkers Mark Morales and John Livesay. The first issue explores the impact of recent months on the Amazons. Nubia is on a mission to expand her rule globally and ensure that Amazons everywhere can feel the warm embrace of brotherhood. The newly crowned queen throws herself back into the perils of the world of man with her trusted advisers, but enemies are ready to strike.


In Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1, life has become increasingly difficult for the Amazons following the Amazons trial. Nubia has a lot to learn when it comes to leading the Bana-Mighdall, Esquecidas, and Daughters of Themyscira. As if she weren’t powerful enough, the new queen discovers new powers and new weapons, which will come in handy at the end of this issue.

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Stephanie Williams does an incredible job of building the world in this first issue. She explores the different ways the three tribes of Amazons found ways to help around the island – blacksmithing, gardening or predicting the future. Themyscira has once again become a place of brotherhood, as former enemies find redemption and purpose by working together. Williams portrays Nubia as a strong, well-spoken, and highly skilled Amazon in Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1. He’s someone who isn’t afraid to break tradition to show the world what the Amazons have to offer.


Sometimes the dialogue can be overwhelming. The large amount of text sometimes makes it difficult for the reader to move easily from panel to panel. But Nubia has good interactions with other Amazons and members of the Justice League once she arrives in Man’s World. Yet the conversations seem to be cutting short to focus on other Amazons. And while those moments are nice to see, the book seems to focus more on the Amazons as a whole than on Nubia establishing herself as queen. This lack of focus combined with a lackluster villain makes it difficult to invest in the story.


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Alitha Martinez’s work is one of the highlights of Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1. The book opens on Paradise Island, just as dreamy as ever. The lush greens of the gardens appear alongside the gray stone of the ancient buildings, with the beauty of the Amazons shining through the panels as they learn new skills. Martinez celebrates the different shapes, sizes and colors of all Amazons. It’s refreshing to see women in comics portrayed this way. Nubia is dripping with gold and insignia throughout this first issue, and when it’s on the page, it grabs the reader’s attention.


Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1 has the potential to be a game-changer for Amazons everywhere. This story is definitely worth watching despite some aimless moments and some awkward dialogue. Williams and Martinez make a terrific creative team. They’ve created a fun first issue that shows how important brotherhood is and hints at what the future holds for the Amazons.

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