Review: The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1
The recent MCU series What If?, is one of the studio’s best projects to come out in recent years. As the stories they have told thus far, has transcended what they have done in the movies. As the latest episode as of this writing, asks the question, if Killmonger used his intellect to outsmart Iron Man and Black Panther, how powerful could he become? These types of questions would only be asked before, only in the comic books.
The show posits possibilities that if one took a different road or made a different decision, just how drastically different things would be. The aspect I loved about the show thus far is how much it has delved into the world of Wakanda. As it has become increasingly apparent that the Wakandans are at the center of whatever is going on in the MCU. In this one –shot we find Black Panther and M’Baku as the join forces to fight Dormammu in The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1.
We open on M’Baku , as he reminisces about his friend, Nakia, and wonders the meaning of life , after he fought with T’Challa against the Emperor N’ Jadaka, and raising N’Jadaka’s daughter, Zenzi, who is being trained with the Dora Milaje. T’Challa is soon contacted by the Shiar Imperial Guard, as they have intel that the forces of Dormammu is carrying out a galaxy wide invasion , which forces him to ask M’Baku to help, with the assistance of Shuri, Manifold and Vibraxas. As soon as they arrive on Shiar home world, the discover a planet overrun by Dormammu’s forces, pushing Manifold to seek the guidance of Zawavari, one of Wakanda’s most powerful mystics, who uncovers the villain’s main motive, to have power over fear. M’Baku returns our heroes to Planet Bast, to retrieve a KouKou Array a device which can shake a whole planet to death, but can be repurposed to protect the planet from magical energy from Ego. By issue’s end, T’Challa and Storm arrive to help, giving them another weapon to use and proving M’Baku can be more than he ever saw himself to be.
Overall, The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1 is an excellent one shot comic which adds dimensions to these characters we have come to love. The story by Narcisse is layered and thrilling. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a great book which highlights one of the MCU’s favorite characters.
Story: Evan Narcisse Art: Germán Peralta
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy
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