Reviewed by Jessica
Review: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — this is an excellent time to get into comics. Queer romance comics, epic fantasy comics, superhero comics, you name it. There is just so much exciting stuff out there right now, and I feel lucky to have started reading graphic novels in the last few years just when so many incredible creators are making their debuts or hitting their strides.
Superhero comics in particular, I used to find difficult to get into — after all, there’s just so much history and backlog to get through. But with protagonists like Kamala Khan and Amadeus Cho, it was hard to stay away. On the DC side, I’ve really been loving the Gotham Academy series (especially the Lumberjanes crossover!). And in the last year or two, there’s been a whole bunch of DC comics written by some amazing YA authors. See: Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux, Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz and Thomas Pitilli, and Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo, to name just a few.
Nubia: Real One continues this streak of exciting graphic novels by acclaimed YA authors. When I saw that L.L. McKinney was behind Nubia: Real One, I knew I had to read it ASAP. Continue reading.
Nubia: Real One by L. L. McKinney
Published by DC Comics on 2021
Genres: Graphic Novels and Comics
Reading Level: High School
Review Source: Rich in Color
Publisher's Synopsis: Can 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-like strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor's cat. But despite her having similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she's no Wonder Woman. And even if she were, 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, and with endearing and expressive art by Robyn Smith, comes a vital story for today about equality, identity, and kicking it with your squad.