Nubia’s Coronation Special Sets Up Wonder Woman’s Themyscira as DC’s Wakanda

The following contains spoilers for Nubia: Coronation Special #1, on sale now from DC Comics.

Wonder Woman's home of Themyscira has gone through some radical changes recently during the "Trial of the Amazons" event. As a result, all three tribes of Amazons have come together to become one united people. Of course, these people need a leader to usher them into this new age - and that leader is going to turn the Amazons into DC's Wakanda.

Nubia was chosen by Hippolyta to become the next Queen of the Amazons at the start of Infinite Frontier, but it's only now that she's been crowned as the true leader of her people. In Nubia: Coronation Special #1 (by Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Margeurite Sauvage, Colleen Doran, Darryl Banks, Jill Thompson, Alitha Martinez, Hi-Fi, Alex Guimãres, Becca Carey and David Mack), part of the preparations for the Amazon champion's new reign involved revisiting her past, but this led to an eventual look into the future as well.

In this future, Nubia had united the Amazons in such a way that they had advanced like never before. Rather than looking like the same old Greek paradise of ancient times, the entire island had been modernized. Flying cars and beautifully modern, unique buildings built into the hills of Paradise Island showed how far they had come. It also evoked another powerful monarch and their kingdom - the MCU's Black Panther and Wakanda.

It's hard not to draw similarities to this future Themyscira and the secretive African nation from the Marvel movies. Just looking at the two of them side by side, there are many similarities in their advanced cultures. Both have progressed far beyond the world around them, to the point of flying cars and spaceships. Their cities don't pave over the land either but have been made a part of it, with both Amazons and Wakandans building a number of their structures into preexisting mountains.

Even their missions are the same. Both began by hiding themselves away from the world, using either technology or magic to keep their nations hidden from the outside world. Then, both revealed themselves in an attempt to improve things. Although the world has been aware of the Amazons for some time now, thanks to Diana, Nubia's interstellar missions bare some resemblance to Wakanda's bolder move from the end of the 2018 film.

Thanks to the future Nubia, the Amazons have stopped being concerned only with themselves and started to spread their ways beyond their waters. The new Queen of the Amazons helped bring peace to a distant planet when asked. This is reminiscent of when T'Challa revealed the truth about Wakanda to the whole world, after having decided to use the nation's advanced technology and resources to help those less fortunate across the globe. Both of them abandoned their isolationist pasts to spread their gifts to those who needed them most.

Although judging by the vision of the future in this issue, there is another way they are alike as well. They may have both revealed themselves to the world at large and decided to help but they are, in some ways, still isolating themselves. From the looks of things, Themyscira in the future is still very much the home of the Amazons and open to no one else. Nubia's coronation was the first time Themyscira was open to the public but it seems they're still keeping their paradise guarded somewhat. The same can be said of Wakanda. Although they opened their borders to the Avengers in Infinity War, they didn't open themselves up to tourists either.

It seems then that Nubia will usher in a new era for the Amazons - a better one. Even though they still have a long way to go before they decide to open themselves up fully to Man's World, they're on their way to becoming even greater than they were before. Given the similarities between the two highlighted here, the Amazons and Themyscira could soon end up just as powerful as the MCU's Wakanda.

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