We talked about the trailers for Outriders and Spiral (a ‘Book of Saw’ film apparently), Sam Raimi directing Doctor Strange 2, the Marvel Disney+ footage from the Superbowl, and Bioware announcing they are reworking Anthem.
Screentime – Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
This week we actually went to see a DC film at the cinema and liked it! We review Birds of Prey, but no heavy spoilers.
Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing Adam – Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time Book 6) by Robert Jordan and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor/Star Trek: Picard on Amazon Prime, and The Good Place Season 4 final episodes, Bojack Horseman Season 6 final episodes, and Locke and Key on Netflix/Kentucky Route Zero on Nintendo Switch and Nioh on PS4
Ian – The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin/Tales of Earthsea, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle on Netflix/Dead Cells on Nintendo Switch, and No Man’s Sky and Spider-Man on PS4
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Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.
Warning: minor spoilers.
“Even then I learned best by observation. And I moved like a panther” – Shuri
Cover by Spratt (Marvel Comics)
While I was at a friend’s over the weekend we re-watched Black Panther, because it’s fantastic of course. There’s a pretty strong consensus between us that Shuri is one of the best characters in the film as well. This meant that when I saw Marvel were releasing a Shuri comic series this week I had to check it out, especially with the wonderfully realistic front cover drawn by Sam Spratt which caught both my attention and a likeness to Shuri in the movies that makes the comic very recognisable for new readers who will know her from the movie. I’ve really enjoyed Marvel’s Black Panther runs previously, so looked forward to seeing Wakanda and the stories it holds from somebody else’s perspective.
This coming was bought to us by:
Writer – Nnedi Okorafor
Artist – Leonardo Romero
Colour Artist – Jordie Bellaire
Letterer – VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist – Sam Spratt
The story begins with a brief overview of Shuri’s history in the Marvel Universe. Explaining some of her previous adventures and the powers she’s obtained. With T’Challa currently busy elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, Shuri has time on her hands to focus on her inventions and some of the significant issues in Wakanda. We get to see her relationship with her ancestor’s and the dichotomy between her modern attitude towards those issues and those of her family and ancestors. We’re also treated to a flashback which defines her relationship with her brother and how the movers and shakers within Wakanda view her. To avoid any particular spoilers, the set up presented at the end of this issue could easily have been shunted in right at the beginning, which would have been a shame as we’d have been deprived of the chance to get to know this incarnation of Shuri that Okorafor is able to bring out.
Art by Romero, Bellaire & Sabino (Marvel Comics)
Bellaire’s light pallet provides a sense of reality to the issue. The less bold tones providing some gravity as opposed to intense wackiness seen in some comic books. The flash back is presented in very contrasting red and white giving an other worldly sense to the spectacle. Finally, the shift to warmer tones in the setting sun during the final scene gives the sense of change that the issue delivers to the state of affairs in Wakanda as well as Shuri and her story. Romero’s art compliments Spratt’s eye-catching cover art well, keeping the characters recognisable to those who only know the films to date. I’m very familiar with Sabino’s work now which as usual is well worked into the issue in both spoken and online chat format.
My only issue with the set off for the series is I’m worried Shuri will simply fill in shoes that are not her own as opposed to really fitting into hers. We’ll see however. Okorafor clearly has a talent for Shuri, who is definitely in a safe pair of hands.