June 14, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Shuri, Vol. 1: The Search For Black Panther by Nnedi Okorafor
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*Published May 7, 2019*
I loved watching Shuri in the Black Panther movie that came out a few years ago. She was sassy and fun and probably the smartest character I had seen in Marvel movies since Iron Man. I absolutely loved her and was excited to read her story in the comics.
The world fell in love with her in Marvel’s Black Panther. Now, T’Challa’s techno-genius sister launches her own adventures — written by best-selling Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor and drawn by Eisner Award-nominated artist Leonardo Romero! T’Challa has disappeared, and everyone is looking at the next in line for the throne. Wakanda expects Shuri to take on the mantle of Black Panther once more and lead their great nation — but she’s happiest in a lab, surrounded by her own inventions. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them down! So it’s time for Shuri to go rescue her brother yet again — with a little help from Storm, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, of course! But when her outer-space adventure puts the entire cultural history of her continent at risk from an energy-sapping alien threat, can Shuri and Iron Man save Africa?
I think what I enjoyed most about this is that Shuri is not afraid to be herself. She is the smartest person in Wakanda and as such is creating all of these new things in order to be of use. She also loves trying out all of her new technology, rather than taking on the mantle of the Black Panther. But when her T’Challa goes missing in space, Shuri is called upon to take up the mantle of the Black Panther. She refuses, but when a black hole appears in Africa, Shuri rushes to see how to fix the hole before it swallows all of Africa whole.
I do have to say, that this version of Shuri is not my favourite. I still enjoyed the story of Shuri wanting to be herself, and not what her nation wants to be. But the personality of Shuri in the movies is more the millennial mindset. I loved her more in the movies, but I think that’s because I could actually see her more than I do in the comics.
Have you read any Shuri comics? What do you think of her and of Wakanda? Comment below and let me know!