As the hit DCEU film Wonder Womanwas in its fourth day of breaking up the US box office last weekend, even Atlanta-based illustrator Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs) began breaking up the internet — or Facebook and Twitter, at the least — by submitting a spine-tingling tribute into #WonderWoman along with her largely abandoned fraternal twin sister, Nubia.
And as you may see, the art is wondrous.
— marcus williams (@marcusthevisual) June 4, 2017
Back in June of this year, a pulse-pounding preview of this now work was shared in the kind of a pencil sketch of Diana and Nubia. That bit showed the pure form of line work for which Williams has become well known because of his renditions of fan comic book heroines like Storm, Psylocke, Captain Marvel, along with too many others to name off.
At the time that the sketch was first posted, Williams was just showing his passionate support of the then-upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Fans of the artist’s job were quick to reveal that their excited support of that his excited support!
Yet, there were many college comic book fans who weren’t aware that Diana had had a sister, besides Donna Troyof that the Teen Titans, let alone a black fraternal twin. But, once upon a time, she did have one.
— marcus williams (@marcusthevisual) June 3, 2017
Back in February of 1973, during the rise in prevalence of blaxploitation films like Shaft, Coffy, Black Caesar and several others, #DC Comics revealed themselves as “hip to the days” by introducing the Amazon warrior Nubia, with whom Diana duels in problem #204 of Wonder Woman. However, Diana — who’d just recovered from amnesia — had no idea who her lovely, dark and tall adversary actually was. The same was also true of her book’s readers.
By way of a flashback in Wonder Woman #206, it was revealed that Nubia and Diana were twin sisters, shaped as babes from dark and light clay by their own mom Queen Hippolyta, and revived into life by the breath of the Goddess Aphrodite. Following their amazing creation the God of War Mars appeared and stole Nubia away from her sister and mother.
Years later, after the Mars molded Nubia into among the musicians to wear the mantle of a Wonder Woman, he returns to Paradise Island to unleash hell about the legendary isle of calmness. Diana receives a blow to the head that unlocks memories of the woman demonstrating to be her rival in battle. Their bond is revived.
In the mid-1980s, DC Comics launched the favorite but contentious show, Crisis on Infinite Earths. This intricate story would serve as a button of types for the then-sprawling, multi-dimensional universe of the publisher. Many of the plot twists that came about in the ensuing years since Wonder Woman and her peers were created in the 1940s and ahead were all erased.
Among those innumerable casualties has been Nubia’s audacious origin, which left the character being one of Amazons on Paradise Island with no special connection to Hippolyta and Diana. The ripple in the character of Wonder Woman created in 1973 and performer Don Heck never faded, along with the Amazon warrior’s appreciation resides.
In fitting tribute to that now classic story of the “Wonder Women,” Nubia along with her fraternal twin sister Diana — as they forever remain in the heads of several older school comic book collectors — have now been extended a picture perfect family reunion in a gorgeous job of fan art by Marcus Williams.
Although Nubia hasn’t really had the place in comics that her character deserves, the vision of this talented artist from Atlanta makes you realize that it would be some sort of wonderful to see that the split twin sisters together back onto the silver screen in #PattyJenkins’ senses-shattering sequel into Wonder Woman —even if just for a moment.
What say you, Patty J? Can you wanna split the box office again?