“Classy.” (X-Men: Wakanda Forever #1 Comic Review)

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.

My Take:

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.

Epic battle ensues in grocery store.

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.

In other words, I’m tired of your sugar-honey-iced-tea.

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Aaron Jones

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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.
Summary
Malice finds Storm, Rogue, and Nightcrawler at an African grocery store and ruins everyone’s night. Drum in hand, Malice stirs up trouble in Brooklyn and our 3 Dora Milaje make their way to join the fight as well. Some twists and turns later, another hero joins as we are about to wrap up this story in the next issue. How are we going to resolve the catastrophe Malice has wrought? Find out by picking up this issue and I’m anxiously awaiting next issue as well.
Good
  • We go deeper but it’s still fun
  • Storm being her Omega-level, yet caring and regal self
  • Love seeing Kurt and Rogue
  • The end of this issue!
Bad
  • The end is nigh for this series
9.4
Amazing
Art - 10
Writing - 10
Plot - 9
Character Development - 9
Fluidity from previous issue - 9
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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.

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