Writer: Nnedi Okorafor
Artist: Rachel Stott
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Color Artist: Carlos Lopez
Cover Artist: Kirbi Fagan
Previously on Shuri…
A slight detour on the journey of the princess. The last issue was the finale of a two-part story written by Vita Ayala that focused on a team-up of Shuri, Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, and Collision. The young heroes take on villain Graviton. After his defeat, Shuri decides she must return home to Wakanda to take care of some unfinished business.
Okorafor returns with a bang. It picks up where we left off before the two-issue break written by Ayala. Shuri officially takes on the mantle of Black Panther once again and takes on the Space Lubber once again. The story is advancing nicely as we are treated to the annoying music loving space bug again but for deeper reasons than before. Before it was important to stop the Space Lubber from tearing up Timbuktu but now it quite possibly could be the reason Shuri’s Ancient Future powers have been messing up. Also, how might this also involve the Princess’ hacker friend Muti? I love a good twist (although I knew something was up with the hacker from the beginning). There’s more to learn there and we have to figure out who is pilfering memories from the Djalia (Land of Wakandan Memory). Okorafor balances Black Panther lore, comedy and a masterfully woven plot effortlessly. My favorite moment is when the hover car asks Ikoko about music. Because of the nature of the Lubber being attracted to music, she gives a polite no thank you to music.
The new artist is a delight. Are heroes springing into action almost jumps off the page. I love the creative use panels when the Lubber returns and I also can’t get enough of the facial expressions. I think this is probably the best use of real people’s facial expressions I have seen in a while. The contrast between the hope on the faces of the Elephant’s Trunk members as Shuri takes on the mantle of Black Panther, the deep concern of Chief Ikoko’s face when she clasps the hand of Mansa, and Shuri’s “That’s creepy” face is masterful. All in all, this issue is a solid one. I look forward to seeing how the space bug saga resolves itself.