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Preview: Shuri #10

Shuri #10

(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Rachael Stott (CA) Kirbi Fagan
Rated T
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

INTO THE DJALIA! The alien creature that followed Princess Shuri to Wakanda is inches from destroying the Great Mound – and taking Shuri’s friends with it! With her Ancient Future powers gone and Wakanda’s entire supply of Vibranium at risk, Princess Shuri must take a leap of faith – into the plane of Wakandan memory. But will Shuri restore the Djalia…or doom it?

Shuri #10

Preview: Shuri #9

Shuri #9

(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Rachael Stott (CA) Kirbi Fagan
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 19, 2019
SRP: $3.99

VIBRANIUM 24/7!

All of Wakandan history and culture is under threat as the Space Lubber that followed Shuri all the way from the depths of space back to Wakanda makes its move! To stop it, Shuri and her allies will have to go deep into the Vibranium mines – which doesn’t sit well with the claustrophobic Storm!

Shuri #9

Preview: Shuri #8

Shuri #8

(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Rachael Stott (CA) Kirbi Fagan
Rated T
In Shops: May 22, 2019
SRP: $3.99

SHURI TAKES UP THE BLACK PANTHER MANTLE ONCE AGAIN!

Nnedi Okorafor returns alongside rising star artist Rachael Stott with a brand-new arc! But this is a Black Panther you’ve never seen before – one who will change Wakanda forever. Something has stolen pieces of the Djalia, the plane of Wakandan memory, and it’s up to the Princess of Wakanda to save it. But for every piece of the Djalia lost, a piece of Shuri disappears as well. Will a new suit be enough to save herself and her nation?

Review: Shuri Vol. 1 The Search for the Black Panther

Shuri #1

Anyone who has seen the movie Black Panther can’t deny just how important and excellent the movie was. It was a watershed moment. It became the first time since Blade, that comic book fans got a serious film adaptation of a black superhero.  It was also the first time in Marvel Studios history, where it had a primarily black cast. The centerpiece of the story involved a black protagonist and black antagonist. Another important part of the movie is that it didn’t involve until after the end credits any of the other major characters from the MCU to tell its story.

The fact that the movie’s plot was so self-contained is part of what made the movie so good and so unique. One of the best parts of the movie, was the introduction of Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, Princess of Wakanda and possibly the smartest character in the Marvel Universe. As comic book fans know that the character has donned the Black Panther in Deadliest Of The Species, but has not been seen since that epic series. Thanks to the movie, comic book, and movie fans, get to witness her return in Shuri; The Search for Black Panther as she faces the crisis of holding Wakanda together without the Black Panther.

We catch-up with Shuri, as we find out how she beat back Thanos Black Order, as she gained knowledge from her ancestors during her trip to the Djala, a journey which has made her stronger and wiser. As T’Challa leaves for Wakanda’s first space mission, the sovereign duties fall to the Wakandan princess, a role she is not completely sure she can do. Unfortunately, T’Challa, goes missing and a clandestine council takes it upon themselves to ask Shuri to step up and become the Black Panther. A role she is reluctant to take up, as Storm comes to help her, she tries some alternative methods to find him, which leads her to astral project her conscience into Groot. T’Challa’s absence has also caught the attention of “Africa Forever” a collective that represents the communication between Wakanda and the rest of Africa, as an expanding black hole opens up in Timbuktu, which brings Tony Stark to Africa. By book’s end, Shuri has averted trouble, stopped a local villain and finally is ready to become the Black Panther.

Overall, an engaging reintroduction to the character, as this version offers readers a more comprehensive look at one of the Marvel Universe’s most interesting characters. The story by Nnedi Okorafor is enigmatic, complex, and compelling. The art by Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire is alluring and vivid. Altogether, an exciting book which will gain this character, more fans.

Story: Nnedi Okorafor Art: Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Abbott, Black Panther, Monstress, On a Sunbeam, Paper Girls, and Saga Nominated for the 2019 Hugo Awards

Hugo Award

Today, the finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced online today by Dublin 2019.

Below are the nominees for “Best Graphic Story” and you can get the full list of nominees here. Three Image Comics series were nominated while BOOM!, Marvel, and First Second all received one nomination.

Congrats to all those nominated!

  • Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colours by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)
  • Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)
  • Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Below are the finalists for the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards for “Best Graphic Story.”

  • Buck Rogers: Martians Invade Jupiter, by Philip Nowlan and Dick Calkins (National Newspaper Service)
  • Flash Gordon: Fiery Desert of Mongo, by Alex Raymond (King Features Syndicate)
  • Garth, by Steve Dowling (Daily Mirror)
  • Plastic Man #1: The Game of Death, by Jack Cole (Vital Publications)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne [The Secret of the Unicorn], by Hergé (Le Soir)
  • Wonder Woman #5: Battle for Womanhood, written by William Moulton Marsden, art by Harry G. Peter (DC Comics)

Preview: Shuri #5

Shuri #5

(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Sam Spratt
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

THE TWO BADDEST GAUNTLET-WIELDERS IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE UNITE!

An alien creature has invaded Wakanda! And with her powers strangely malfunctioning and her brother still missing, Shuri is in over her head. Time to call for backup. Enter: Iron Man! But can these two tech geniuses figure out how to de-power an energy-sucking alien before it destroys the entire continent? Don’t miss the end of the first arc – and a dramatic change for the princess of Wakanda!

Shuri #5

Marvel Offers a Free Digital Black Panther Bundle

Long Live the King! This February, Marvel is celebrating Wakanda Forever and the reign of King T’Challa by offering a FREE digital bundle of the following five Black Panther comics for a limited time. Relive some of the most iconic and thrilling Black Panther stories from Marvel’s most acclaimed creators, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nnedi Okorafor, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Reginald Hudlin, John Romita Jr., and more!

SHURI #1 (2018)
BLACK PANTHER #1 (2018)
MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #1 (2017)
BLACK PANTHER #1 (2005)
BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1 (2016)

Use redeem code FOREVER at www.marvel.com/redeem to get a FREE digital bundle of the above stories through 2/10, 11:59 EST! Celebrate Wakanda Forever all month long!

*FREE DIGITAL COMIC OFFER VALID 2/4/2019 12:01 AM EDT TO 2/10/2019 11:59 EDT.  REDEEM CODE AT WWW.MARVEL.COM/REDEEM.  MARVEL USER ACCOUNT AND INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED.  ACCESS FREE DIGITAL COMIC ON MARVEL COMICS APP OR MARVEL DIGITAL COMICS SHOP

Preview: Shuri #4

Shuri #4

(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Sam Spratt
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
SRP: $3.99

WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT IN WAKANDA

Shuri’s returned from her space adventure with Rocket and Groot – but she’s brought something back with her. And now, centuries-old music and stories are disappearing across Africa. Something is stealing the continent’s cultural history – and its electrical power. Then, as if the heir to the throne didn’t have enough on her plate, a mysterious envoy arrives, and they’re looking for the Black Panther. Life as the princess of Wakanda just got a lot more complicated!

Shuri #4

Preview: Shuri #2

Shuri #2

(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Leonardo Romero (CA) Sam Spratt
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE SEARCH FOR T’CHALLA BEGINS!
The king of Wakanda has been missing for weeks. Now, his little sister is tired of waiting. It’s time for Shuri – with a little help from Storm of the X-Men – to go save her brother for what must be the millionth time. But Wakanda expects the princess to take the throne – and the Panther mantle – once again. Can Wakanda survive without a Black Panther? Can Shuri?

Review: Shuri #1

The Black Panther has disappeared, lost on a mission in space. And in his absence, everyone’s looking at the next in line for the throne. But Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one – and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.

Shuri has always been an interesting character when it comes to Black Panther. Often in the background, she became front and center when she took over the mantle and fronted the series for some time. I remember reading those comics and enjoying them as she found her own path in the role. Then, she sacrificed herself to be rescued by her brother eventually. Now, a spiritual connection between Wakanda’s past and the present the character interestingly dove into the spiritual side of the world of Wakanda.

With the success of Black Panther at the movie screen, Shuri has a following but her on-screen brilliant technologist doesn’t quite mix with her recent depiction as more of a spiritual guide. In Shuri #1 writer Nnedi Okorafor seems to bring those two sides of the character together into a blend. It works to some extent but the character is depicted as one side of that or the other without a good blend of the two.

There’s also the shadow of her brother T’Challa who’s experiencing a change of location and adventures in his own series, Black Panther. This first issue reads more as a companion to that filling in gaps and answering questions that readers of that series might have. Whether on purpose or not, Shuri living in the shadow of her brother is discussed through this first issue and the first issue feels like it lives in the shadow of the other series.

The art by Leonardo Romero with color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Joe Sabino is good. There’s some nice moments depicting the high tech feel of Wakanda and there’s more grounded moments like when Shuri’s walking through a market or a secret meeting in a field. It’s a style that I personally am not blown away by but others might. The design of Shuri is interesting in that it seems to mix her most recent more spiritual comic depictions with that of her on screen tipping the hat as to who this comic is aimed towards even more.

The first issue isn’t bad but it feels like it’s in the shadow of Shuri’s older brother T’Challa. Whether on purpose or not much like Shuri itself, it needs to come out of that shadow to stand on its own to succeed. The series as a whole’s success will rely on Okorafor’s ability to do that for the character.

Story: Nnedi Okorafor Art: Leonardo Romero
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino Cover Art: Sam Spratt
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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