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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Reader's Diary #2040- Nnedi Okorafor (wirter), Leonardo Romero (artist): Shuri The Search for Black Panther

I'm a bit fickle when it comes to humour in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I enjoyed both Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther but I thought the former needed to dial down the jokes while the latter needed to lighten up a little. That said, I did think the character of Shuri added some comedic relief and that's one of the reasons I think it was a break out role. I'm not surprised that Marvel Comics has since given her a title series.

I quite enjoyed Nnedi Okorafor's take. Shuri is very similar to her character from the movie but with some added depth. She's strong and wrestles with finding/maintaining her own identity with the expectations upon her by an admittedly wise ancestry.

Also, I'm so thankful that Okorafor also touches upon some of the issues I've had with some previous Black Panther comics, namely the patriarchal overtones and the idea of a monarchy (vs. democracy). Make no mistake, this is a smart comic.

But it's also fun! At one point Shuri has her soul sent into space and she winds up in Groot's head.

Romero's art doesn't have anywhere near the gravitas of that beautiful Black Panther cinematography but his lines are fast and simple, similar to Erica Henderson's work on Squirrel Girl, and again, perhaps this helps balance against the more serious themes.

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