SHURI #2 BY NNEDI OKORAFOR AND LEONARDO ROMERO
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Writer Nnedi Okarafor and artist Leonardo Romero continue their powerhouse run on SHURI #2 defining her as an individual instead of T'challa's sister.
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With great power can sometimes come responsibility that you may not want. In SHURI #2, Shuri decides not to take up the mantle of the Black Panther while her brother is still missing. Instead, she is determined to define her own path to heroism. But in the absence of the King, what is the nation of Wakanda to do? Writer Nnedi Okorafor and artist Leonardo Romero continue to push Shuri out of her brother’s shadow.

SHURI #2

In SHURI #2, Queen Ramonda (Shuri’s mother) has revived a secret group of Wakandan women who advise the ruling council, referring to themselves as the Elephant’s Trunk. As first order of business, they want Shuri to once again take up the mantle of the Black Panther, which she kindly declines. There is some pretty hilarious dialogue that transpires during this exchange. Shuri’s response takes a definite toll on her mother, who later goes missing. After her departure from the Elephant’s Trunk to return home in Birnin Zana, Storm (T’Challa’s wife) is waiting for her.

SHURI #2 - Shuri declines becoming black panther
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Storm talks about her husband’s disappearance. She is not happy. Storm recruits Shuri to visit a scientist in the Mute Zone named Chief Ikoko, ex-girlfriend of T’Challa. After a few awkward moments upon arrival, the three devise a plan to find T’Challa and his missing spacecraft. Part of the plan will include Shuri having to leave her body in spirit. This is an intelligently crafted issue that combines humor and confidence with a few twists that are unpredictable and surprising. Shuri is definitely a must-read series.

The Saga Continues

SHURI #2 is a fun-filled dramedy with a few unexpected twists. While the first and second issue deal with Shuri trying to get out of her brother’s shadow, the second also focuses on her natural abilities and resources to find T’Challa’s missing location. Although the majority of the issue has a serious tone, Okorafor does an excellent job adding small tidbits of humor and entertainment at just the right moments. Okorafor continues to tell a great, refreshing story with compelling, character-driven motivations. Despite Storm and Chief Ikoko joining in Shuri’s quest to find her brother and Manifold, she remains the moral compass of the story.

SHURI#2 - Humor amongst the elephant trunk group
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Despite her moments of quirkiness, Shuri’s determination to find her brother keeps her character in line with her overall mission. Storm and Chief Ikoko serve as a nice addition to add extra drama to the story and their abilities prove useful for Shuri, as well. Another great addition to this issue is a look into Shuri’s garage where we see a bunch of her unused gadgets.

Words of Inspiration

Okorafor’s writing draws inspiration within just about every panel. SHURI #2 sends a strong message to stand up for what you believe in. The most likable part of Shuri — besides her bright and sometimes stubborn personality that people can relate to and use in their own personal lives — is her faith in not just herself but the people around her. That’s what makes Shuri a great hero, and watching her evolution through this series is inspirational. It also does a good job empowering readers to work together because sometimes it takes a village.

Romero: A Force to be Reckoned With

Romero remains a driving force in SHURI #2 as he continues to bring his exploratory panels to life. I love his distinctive detail with each individual character, as well. Colorist Jordie Bellaire’s colors add a natural shining grace that makes your heart want to melt. One of my favorite panels of art in this issue comes with a surprising twist towards the end.

SHURI#2 - The art of Leonardo Romero
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Moving Forward

All in all, SHURI #2 is a good read and keeps the same momentum as the first issue. Okorafor remains impressive with her witty humor, great character development, and exceptional dialogue. Romero continues to bring the world of Wakanda to life with his magnificent artwork and detailed backgrounds. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any consequences for Shuri refusing the Black Panther. With a surprise ending, crossover readers will be eagerly anticipating the next issue.

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