Title: Shuri #1
Writer: Nnedi Okorafor
Artist: Leonardo Romero
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Sam Pratt
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: October 17, 2018
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Marvel’s Black Panther film is one of the best movies and one of the best selling movies of the year. The hype surrounding the film lasted long after its release. It also offered many black, non-comic book fans a glimpse into a world where we avoided the horrors of racism and colonialism while also highlighting a villain that suffered from the effects of said systems. It’s no surprise that this film garnered so much attention and opened doors even wider for storytelling with primarily black characters.
Marvel announced Shuri with a gorgeous cover art by Sam Pratt some time ago. Ever since it was one of my most anticipated titles of the year. Now that Shuri has finally arrived, was it worth waiting for?
Princess Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, is the intelligent mind behind some of the best weapons and ships Wakanda has to offer. At the beginning of this new story, Princess Shuri sees her brother off as he is sent on a mission to space. Two weeks have passed since T’Challa has made contact with Wakanda. Before long, Shuri learns that she is not the only person feeling the loss of Wakanda’s leader. Surrounded by some of the most influential women in Wakanda, Shuri is given a choice that will shape a new future for Wakanda.
Issue #1 tells a story of Shuri that fans haven’t seen. Writer Nnedi Okorafor, (Who Fears Death, Binti Series), flexes her writing talents once again. She shapes Shuri into a young woman balancing her influence as a Princess of Wakanda and the tactful warrior that sleeps within. Okorafor also highlights the power and influence within other women of Wakanda like Okoye and the Queen Mother have behind the scenes as Shuri learns of a fellowship of women that may lead her on a new path.
Artist Leonardo Romero brings Nnedi’s tale of a young woman possibly becoming the potential leader of Wakanda to life. His style reminds readers of the way comics used to look in the 70’s. There is a cartoon-esque feel that has a sharp contrast to Sam Pratt’s cover art.
Even though it has only just begun, Shuri #1 is already a great addition to Black Panther lore. It packs so much potential as it continues after the events of Roxane Gay’s World of Wakanda. I feel the choice Shuri will make is fairly obvious given the sneak peek of the next issue’s cover, but what exactly could happen next? Will Shuri face off against powerful enemies? Will she more so be involved in the socio-political affairs of Wakanda? I would love to see Shuri kick ass with some new technology and witness Shuri shining like she rightfully deserves.
The first issue of Marvel’s Shuri is more than worth the hype it has gathered. I look forward to the future Okorafor and Romero have in store for the titular character. Fans of Roxane Gay’s touch on the world of Black Panther will certainly enjoy this title and I am in deep need for Issue #2.
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