Photo from our date night the other night. I surprised my boyfriend by taking him to a comic store, then to a brewery to read our new finds. 🤓🍻
My May favorites in no particular order!
Princess Shuri must make some tough decisions for the safety of Wakanda while in search of her missing brother.
I adored this volume focusing on Shuri (who I've been fan girling over since the Black Panther movie!) and her loyalty to her home and family. Loved the special appearances from Rocket, Groot, and Iron Man!
I really enjoyed this comic about Shuri and her exploits as a scientist, princess of Wakanda, and maybe, possibly Black Panther. The artwork took me a moment to get into because it felt a bit old fashioned, but it grew on me. And I really liked how it drew on some character / costume design from the movie. Plus I just generally adore Shuri and always want more of her! I also enjoyed the cameos from various other superheroes.
Issue #7 finds Shuri teaming up with Miles Morales and Ms. Marvel to fight Graviton. Things get complicated when one of Miles‘ classmates get involved. Have to say, I really liked the art in this one. Both Okorafor and the regular artist were on hiatus this issue (and #6) but Okorafor returns with a new artist drawing the comic with Issue #8. This is definitely an ongoing series I‘ll continue reading. Shuri‘s story is a fun one.
Issue #6–Okorafor is on hiatus as writer, returning on Issue #8, but the adventure continues as Shuri finds herself in a Brooklyn tracking what she thinks is the black hole making space creature that followed her back to Earth. It isn‘t—it‘s a new baddie & Shuri & Miles Morales team up to take him on. I‘m enjoying reading about Shuri interacting with the larger cast of Marvel characters & definitely look forward to the next issue.
I‘m caught up to the latest! I 💕 Shuri, and I really liked that she wasnt pressured, she was convinced.
1 thing that did bother me was some neg comments about Stark “saving the day” instead of an African character. I can see why that would feel like white saviorship but it drives me a little crazy that they almost didnt notice the teamups with Storm and Mansa and Ikoko? There was more than one person helping, stark was just one of the squad
Issue #5–and this may be the best one yet in a series that started strong & keeps on getting better. Together, Shuri & Iron Man fight against a baddie—while shouting out math equations at each other as they also try to close a black hole. (It‘s pretty epic & fabulous, I‘m not going to lie.) And the biggest question of all...will Shuri take up the mantle of the Black Panther in her brother‘s absence. This was a good one. Definitely recommended.
Issue #4 & Shuri is back on Earth but there‘s a problem—the space-lubber she, Rocket & Groot fought has followed her back. Add some secret societies, black holes, outsiders wanting Wakanda to do more for all of Africa, & you have a complex, interesting story. What I love about this comic is seeing Shuri come into her own in the absence of her brother & that she isn‘t doing it AS the Black Panther, she‘s relying on her own intelligence & skills.
Issue #3. Is there anything better than Groot running around saying “I am Groot?” Yes, there is & it‘s Groot running around saying “I am Shuri.” Love it. While looking for her brother, Shuri projects herself into Groot (long story...) and together with Rocket they have to defeat a giant energy sucking intergalactic bug and there are consequences. Another good issue and I look forward to reading the next one. A definite recommend.
Issue #2 was out today and another one of my purchases. Refusing to take up the mantle of the Black Panther, Shuri instead focuses on finding her brother. Art is solid (although not my favorite style), I like where the story is going and love the twist at the end. Definitely looking forward to Issue #3. Another comic I highly recommend.
One of our local libraries is killing it with author visits/signings this year. Colson Whitehead last month and Nnedi Okorafor last night. My oldest and I got our copies of the Akata books signed and everyone received a copy of Shuri. Nnedi is an absolute delight-a very engaging speaker.
Not going to lie, super excited not only to have Shuri get her own comic but also to see Nnedi Okorafor writing it. This first issue is all about background and setting the stage for what comes next. Don‘t want to spoil anything but I‘m definitely excited to spend more time in Wakanda and see where this story goes. Looking forward to reading more!