Writer: Nnedi Okorafor
Artist: Leonardo Romero
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Cover Artist: Sam Spratt
Previously on Shuri…
T’Challa and Manifold are still lost in space after Princess Shuri sent them on a mission. After he disappears, a cadre of Wakandan women meet under the leadership of Queen Ramonda to offer the crown and the mantle of Black Panther to Shuri, which she refuses. Shuri is on a mission to find her brother and her love. Next thing you know, the Queen is missing as well. She enlists the help of T’Challa’s main squeeze and mutant goddess Storm and Chief Ikoko.
“I am Shuri!” I mean, this was a fun issue. Shuri sitting (literally) sitting in the mind of Groot is an immensely interesting concept. She’s in Groot’s body and still manages to utilize her intuitive technical skill. The journey is a tough one to find Shuri’s lost brother and significant other Manifold. There are also relevant complications with the mystic arts Ikoko uses to send Shuri away. She’s nice about it and just says it’s “imprecise.” Unfortunately, She can’t hang out for long as she’s pulled back before they can set out to find T’Challa and Manifold.
The side story with Okoye provides some nice continued exposition about the Dora Milaje and education as she attempts to find Ramonda. Lost and being lost seems to be a theme in this series/this issue in stark contrast to the bug who knows exactly where it’s going. I am usually not really a fan of bug villains, the fact that it eats energy and music is kind of interesting. Overall, I enjoyed the banter between Rocket and Shuri and I think they make a good team. I am also very relieved that we could understand her in her “I am Shuri” voice. It was a great device to sometimes allow us to fill in the gaps. I wonder what happens next with this Aretha-loving Space lubber. How will our heroes deal with it in the next issue?