SHURI #6 BY VITA AYALA & PAUL DAVIDSON
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Shuri's latest crusade to find her brother T'Challa takes her from the kingdom of Wakanda to the streets of Brooklyn, NY. Writer Vita Ayala and artist Paul Davidson take up the mantle of Shuri for a two-part story that includes some surprise twists, a new friendship, and black holes? SHURI #6 is a must read for any comic fan.
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A NEW FRIENDSHIP IS BORN.

As Shuri continues her crusade to find her brother T’Challa, her travels take her to the unlikeliest of places, Brooklyn, NY. Writer Vita Ayala and artist Paul Davidson step in to take up the mantle of Shuri for a two-issue story arc. When Shuri’s scanner technology leads her to the big apple she gets a little more than she bargained for upon her arrival. It’s a story about similar differences, blossoming new friendships, and black holes? You’re not going to want to miss the shenanigans that take place during SHURI #6.

SHURI #6

In the previous issue, Shuri was able to defeat a giant alien bug known as a Space Lubber with the support of Ironman. Although the two were victorious and closed a black hole the insect created, Shuri fears the bug is still on Earth. In SHURI #6 her paranoia leads her to Brooklyn, New York, of all places, after her scanner discovers a power signature that matches that of the creature. To her surprise, the power source turns out to be that of a delinquent teen who refers to himself as Collision.

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She stumbles upon Spider-Man (Miles Morales) who has thwarted Collision during an attempted bank robbery gone wrong. Collision has created a pair of very powerful yet unstable gloves that give him the ability to create black holes, ironically. With Miles’s help, Shuri tries to take down Collision without hurting any nearby citizens. What follows is a great story that introduces a new friendship, a few hidden surprises, and a continuation of heroic antics that add to Shuri’s legacy.

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Vita Ayala has crafted a fantastic issue for her two part story arc. The pacing works great and the plot is right on point with the previous writer Nnedi Okorafor. The biggest highlight of this issue is how Ayala manages to bring two characters like Shuri and Miles together effortlessly. Their chemistry works great from the moment they meet and the events that follow feel natural and not forced.

The Dynamic of Shuri & Miles Morales

The idea of adding Miles Morales, who identifies with living in the shadow of someone else, was a nice touch. Digging a little deeper Shuri and Miles share more than you would think in terms of character development. Let’s start with the obvious: they both still live at home with their parents, even if one of them comes from royalty. They’re both young and both are molded from iconic characters that came before them: Black Panther and Spider-Man.

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Both characters also manage to steer away from the obvious stereotypes that often surround black characters, like growing up poor and struggling. Instead, here their struggles are more internal. Shuri struggles with being seen as her own person outside of the limelight of her brother. Miles Morales, although popular in his own right, shares that similarity of being a secondary character that was able to climb to the forefront on his own.

Shuri and Miles have struggled to make their own name for themselves and have succeeded. What makes them such fun characters to read in this issue and in general is their ability to be different. It keeps us reminded that what makes us great as individuals are our differences. It’s what continues to make Marvel such a revolutionary force in the comics industry.

The Superb Art of Paul Davidson

Davidson’s art is fantastic and brings an immense burst of energy to the book. He does an outstanding job with his strong pencil work with the characters and the backgrounds of New York City. In addition, his facial expressions and body language with the characters are always on point. He has a keen eye for the panels with lots of destruction.

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To be Continued

Overall SHURI #6 is an issue about teamwork and friendship. Ayala creates a solid story that has humor, fun, and gets straight to the point. Davidson’s artwork presence is strong in this issue with his superb pencil work. Look out for some great twists and surprises within the book. SHURI has been a fantastic book to read since the beginning and SHURI #6 is no exception. Grab your copy today at your local comic shop or download it today.

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