It was revealed exclusively through Bustle a few days ago that this October, award-winning author Afro-futurist author Nnedi Okorafor gets to tell yet another story within the Black Panther mythos. This time it centers on our favorite Disney Princess, Shuri. Okorafor (Black Panther: Long Live the King, Wakanda Forever) will team with Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero (Hawkeye) to bring SHURI #1 to life. Also, Sam Spratt provides the cover artwork, known for his work on Janelle Monae’s “Electric Lady” album. Additionally, Marvel provides Carlos Pacheco’s art to showcase the new series.
“Shuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda,” Okorafor told Bustle in an interview. “The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more. She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.”
The world of Wakanda is facing a tragic crisis: Black Panther is lost in space, and everyone is looking at who will step up to lead their country in his absence. But Shuri is happier in a lab than she is on the throne…how does a princess choose between her duties to her country and her own ideals?
You won’t want to miss a moment from SHURI #1, check it out this October at your local comic shop or at your favorite online outlet.
Written by NNEDI OKORAFOR
Art by LEONARDO ROMERO
Cover by SAM SPRATT