Warning! Spoilers for Nubia & The Amazons #1
Amazons’ mystical Well of Souls
Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Alitha Martinez, Mark Morales, Emilio Lopez, and Becca Carey star in a new DC Comics about Nubia’s reign as Queen of the Amazons. Beginning with Nubia’s arrival on Themiscyra, readers are reminded of the Amazons’ mystical Well of Souls: a passageway through which women who have died as a result of the fear of ‘Man’s World’ are reincarnated, granted new life among the immortal ladies. The five new sisters born of the Well (who represent the first set of women to pass through the well in a long time) awaken with no memory of who they were, where they are, or what awaits them. For one thing, it’s a rebirth they’ve been waiting for their entire lives.
All present assemble to witness the women determining their names in the Royal Palace after witnessing the women being welcomed and tested and pondering their responsibilities in the future of the Amazons. One of the most moving scenes occurs when “Bia” stands with tears in her eyes, unable to express how she feels because it is the moment her soul has longed for.
We didn't want to make An Announcement because we wanted to introduce the character in an organic way, but it is not a secret! We are glad people picked up on it, but if y'all hadn't we would have made sure to say it so it wasn't hand-twaveable subtext! https://t.co/XsHp5wGBLv
— ✊????????????Vita 'Emancipated Blacula' Ayala????️???????? (@definitelyvita) October 21, 2021
Stephanie Williams and Vita Ayala of Nubia & The Amazons verified the subtextual reading that Bia is a Black trans-Amazonian on Twitter. Bia will be a full-fledged character, according to Williams, who reassured supporters “There isn’t a checkbox that says [she] is essential to her community. In the same way that Black trans women matter to us in real life.” Vita Ayala went on to say that they wanted to present Bia and her tale in a natural way, which is why it wasn’t revealed before the issue was released.
Finally, Nubia & The Amazons #1 demonstrates that on Themiscyra, all women are welcome. Trans women are Wonder Women, as Wonder Woman Lynda Carter described it. The storey has come to an end. Bia’s journey as a trans woman will be explored in future issues, and anyone interested can get their hands on a copy of Nubia & The Amazons #1 right now.