X-Men: Wakanda Forever #2 (Chapter 2: Echo Chamber)
Writer: Nnedi Okorafor
Pencilers: Ray Anthony-Height and Alberto Alburquerque
Inkers: Anthony-Height and Alburquerque
Colorist: Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Terry and Rachel Dodson
Variant Cover: Yasmine Putri and Skottie Young
What You Need to Know:
Wakanda’s beloved warriors—Ayo, Aneka, and Okoye—embark on a journey to confront wayward former Dora, Nakia aka Malice. She has her sights set on getting the attention of her beloved King T’Challa. Alas, Nakia’s love is unrequited and that really pisses her off and she’s wreaking havoc in New York. In the first installment of this mini-series, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man joined the fray. With a stolen Dora Milaje artifact, Nakia slips through their fingers and she’s on her way to roast her competition for T’Challa’s love, Storm.
This issue gets a little deeper. There is a significant tonal shift in comparison with the first issue. While it goes beyond the surface and digs deeper at Malice’s origin, it does not totally sacrifice lightheartedness. I appreciated learning more about Malice and her brief yet heartwarming encounter with Ororo many years prior. Storm is genuinely one of the most caring, resilient, intelligent, and powerful characters in the entire Marvel universe, and you still hate her? Sigh, oh well.
This issue is even more evidence of what a skilled writer Okorafor is with the comedy, action, and surprises (I love a good twist). Also, the dialogue is consistent and there are a few gems that I literally laughed out loud for.
The art does exactly what the writing has done: it escalates the excellence. The art was solid last issue, but it goes a step further in this issue. This team of artists is a force to be reckoned with. The deadly and insane stare of Malice with the lightning incensed eyes and sheer power of Ororo are all iconic images in vibrant colors. When Storm turns and says, “I grow weary of this, Nakia”, I think I got chills! In sum, this book is great, I don’t think I can find much that I dislike about it.