Shuri #1 Review
Shuri #1 is the latest tie-in to Black Panther from Marvel. It’s a tricky kind of review for me because I really don’t know how to talk about it.
I didn’t even know who Shuri was until the Black Panther movie, where I found her to be an obvious pivotal character, one with a fair amount of emotion and charisma. She’s a genuine compliment to her brother T’Challa, so the aspect of her being a main character should have arisen far before now.
Then there’s the aspect of Nnedi Okorafor being the writer. How’s an amateur blogger supposed to write about a respected Hugo Award winning writer? Hell, most of my reviews are one long running sarcastic fart joke. Okorafor’s writing gushes feminist and ethnic power. It’s both strong and powerful and I’m afraid if I take one misstep I’ll be chastised for missing a deeper meaning.
Nnedi Okorafor doesn’t stray far from the roots of who Shuri is. She’s still the intelligent, confident, and charismatic sister of T’Challa. Except in her own story, now that the Black Panther is leading a revolution in space, greater responsibility is placed upon her. Can she handle this chance she has so desperately been seeking?
Leonardo Romero from the latest Kate “Hawkeye” and future “Captain America” story joins Okorafor. Romero has a style much like David Aja so I’m naturally drawn to it.
Shuri #1 is building to something larger than Shuri herself. There’s snakes in the grass, wormholes in time, and secret tribal councils. We’ll now get to see what the Princess of Wakanda is truly capable of.
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