Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr SHURI #5 BY NNEDI OKORAFOR, LEONARDO ROMERO, AND JORDIE BELLAIRE Art Characterization Plot Summary Get ready for a dynamic team up of epic proportions as writer Nnedi Okorafor along with artist Leonardo Romero and colorist Jordie Bellaire unite Shuri and Iron Man to take on the forces of evil. 94 % THE SHURI LEGACY CONTINUES TO EXPAND User Rating 0 Be the first one ! What do you get when you combine two of the greatest minds in the Marvel Universe? You get an epic adventure that includes Iron Man, energy-sucking aliens, a looney weapons dealer, and an awesome team-up issue. Writer Nnedi Okorafor along with artist Leonardo Romero and colorist Jordie Bellaire continue to cement a worthy legacy for Shuri. With her brother T’challa still missing, will Shuri and Iron Man be enough to thwart off the forces of evil? SHURI #5 is surely an issue you don’t want to miss. The Story of SHURI #5 SHURI #5 finds our Wakandan princess teaming up with Tony Stark to take down a gigantic alien grasshopper that’s created a black hole in Wakanda. To make matters worse, the notorious weapons dealer Moses Magnum is looking to use his seismic powers to double the trouble for the two of them. What unfolds is an issue that continues to build upon the phenomenal character development Okorafor has created for Shuri’s legacy. With Iron Man’s support, Shuri looks to dispose of her bug problem and stop Moses before he causes complete destruction to Wakanda. IMAGE COURTESY OF MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT Appropriately titled “The End of the Earth,” SHURI #5’s true meaning is very clear: Shuri will do whatever it takes to save the world. This is another issue that highlights yet another noble characteristic that Shuri possesses. Since she ended her astral projection after her adventure with Rocket Raccoon and Groot, we know that her powers have been malfunctioning. So that gives the character the perfect opportunity to make a heroic decision: call for backup. IMAGE COURTESY OF MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT In addition, Okorafor is like the gift that just keeps on giving. She has been able to do something within the Shuri comics that we only got a glimpse of in the BLACK PANTHER film and that’s expand upon the world of Wakanda. So far we’ve been introduced to the Elephant’s Trunk, astral projection, a crossover between Shuri and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and a pan-African alliance called the Egungun. What’s unique about each issue is how Okorafor dives deeper into the mythology of Shuri. The latest issue with her teaming up with a major character like Iron Man will definitely ensure that her character remains out of her brother’s shadow. Stan’s Soapbox A great addition to SHURI #5 is an insert of an old bullpen bulletin written by Stan Lee. The bulletin was a way that Stan connected with comic readers. The message of Stan’s soapbox message says that Marvel gives readers what they want or ask for. With diversity in comics being so important and relevant at this very moment in time, he is absolutely correct. The BLACK PANTHER film made such an impact on the world that it enabled Marvel to expand the world of Wakanda with series like Shuri. Romero & Bellaire Do It Again in SHURI #5 Romero definitely takes his art up a notch in this issue. His keen eye for detail and sharp pencil work help give this book such a larger-than-life feel. You can’t help but notice throughout SHURI #5 that facial expressions and body language play pivotal role. Okorafor and Romero have done an outstanding job collaborating on this series. You can really tell their creative zen is in unison. The other MVP of this dynamic powerhouse is colorist Bellaire. Her rich and zesty color blends really help bring the expanding world of Wakanda to life. Her distinct attention to detail on the characters shows she did her research on African culture. One of my favorite moments involves Shuri standing behind a podium looking out toward an audience. Each character has his or her own color palette. Shuri Will Return Since the first issue, Shuri has been taken on journey of determination and self discovery. Okorafor has done an incredible job crafting a solid story. It’s not only been interesting, but has created such a brilliant cast of characters to root for. Romero’s art continues to be strong and solid throughout. Shuri has been a blast to read and the possibilities going forward are still pretty endless.