Lost in Space (Shuri #2 Comic Review)

Shuri #2

“The Baobab  Tree”

Writer: Nnedi Okorafor

Artist: Leonardo Romero

Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino

Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire

Cover Artist: Sam Spratt

Variant Cover Artists: Afua Richardson

Previously on Shuri…

Princess Shuri sent her brother King T’Challa and her partner Manifold into Space to test out some new technology. Then, poof, their ship goes missing for two weeks. The Elephant’s Trunk, a committee of Wakandan women called together in just such an occasion request Shuri to once again take up the mantle of the Black Panther in his absence. 

My Take

Like many really great characters, Shuri is complex. Not only is a technological genius but she is a conduit through which we bridge the old and the new. She is connected in a real way to the ancestors, talking with them regularly but she also has the capability of creating a spaceship that addresses Storm’s claustrophobia. From the beginning, Shuri asserts herself as a Wakandan wholly different from who T’Challa is. Okorafor illustrates this perfectly when she rejects the mantle of Black Panther but at the same time, Queen Ramonda say that she is not her brother is an opposing assertion that Shuri has disappointed her. T’Challa’s exes always have such a prominent space in his related books and this book is no different and it features two of them. Storm and Chief Ikoko of the Mute Zones. This is artful storytelling that links the current issue with the Black Panther main series (by Ta Nehisi Coates with T’Challa lost in space) and the webcomic Long Live the King (Also penned by Nnedi Okorafor). I’m slightly irked by Shuri’s mysterious “friend.” The information she reveals to them displays a slight lapse in judgment. Why is she so trusting when this person could easily be a villain? This is minor. The art has grown on me and I think it balances well the serious and comedic sides of the narrative well. I also think that smirk Shuri is drawn with is immensely endearing. The ending packs a surprise I never saw coming and that’s how I like it! Okorafor is the master of the seamless and random guest star.

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Aaron Jones

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
Shuri is still on the hunt for her missing brother, the Black Panther, King T’Challa. She calls on the help of Storm and Chief Ikoko of the Mute Zones to get closer to finding him. Shuri is funny, interesting, and endearing, Pick up yours today if you like astral ancestors, foldable ships, and witty banter between T’Challa exes.
Good
  • Shuri asserts her position
  • Storm makes an appearance!
  • Comedic but seriously grounded
Bad
  • The mysterious friend is a slight lapse in judgement
8.8
Great
Art - 8
Writing - 9
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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