Writer: Nnedi Okorafor
Artist: Rachel Stott
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Color Artist: Carlos Lopez
Cover Artist: Kirbi Fagan
Previously on Shuri…
Since last we were in the ebon kingdom of Wakanda on Earth, Princess Shuri accepted the mantle of Wakanda from the Elephant’s Trunk. This cadre of Wakandan women who take up leadership of the nation in times of trouble are delighted, especially Shuri’s mother Queen Ramonda. Amidst issues with missing ancestors in the Djalia, the spiritual home of Wakandan memory, Shuri and co. take on the Space Lubber only to find it spirited away. The halt also points to Shuri’s hacking friend Muti as the culprit.
The transition from last issue to this one is straight to the action. Shuri and Storm have teamed up to find Muti, the princess’ hacker friend. This presents my only gripe with the series and this issue: Muti has always been a bit suspicious since his first mention in the first issue of the run. It seemed a bit out of character for Shuri to allow Muti to hack things without them having met in person. Shuri also ignored the protests of the ancestors for the level of trust she allowed for this shady stranger. Shuri provides a reason to the questioning Storm, who presents as the audience’s “Isn’t that a bit…reckless?” I understand the response, and there’s even a twist near the end, but for me the jury is still out. I thought that someone who holds all the wisdom of Wakanda would move a little differently. If you can overcome this hump, there’s a lot of good here.
Overall, I do like the story and the writing, as usual, is superb. The dialogue between the various characters is natural and comedic at times. I think that is a major strength of this book and Okorafor’s writing. As well, the unraveling of the story and the flawless interconnected nature of elements from the beginning of the run to now is refreshing. The art is great. Stott does a great job telling the story and showing us the story. The panels feel less jumbled, maybe because there are fewer characters in this issue. This serves the story and flow well. I am excited about the next issue and am crossing my fingers that this space bug goes down.