Shuri, Vol. 1: The Search For Black Panther

Shuri, Vol. 1: The Search For Black Panther

The world fell in love with her in Marvel’s Black Panther. Now, T’Challa’s techno-genius sister launches her own adventures — written by best-selling Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor and drawn by Eisner Award-nominated artist Leonardo Romero! T’Challa has disappeared, and everyone is looking at the next in line for the throne. Wakanda expects Shuri to take on the mantle...

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Shuri, Vol. 1: The Search For Black Panther Reviews

  • Caitlin

    (read 1-5 as single issue comics) This was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed Okorafor's writing and perspective on this slice of Wakanda. The story gets a little wacky, but it really clicks with the world and characters. Looking forward to the next volume!

  • Florine

    Excellent!

    I don't know much about comics & the Marvel universe, but I really loved it. Nnedi writing this is the best thing that could have happened to Shuri. Nnedi's books are very entrenched in African culture and technology, and that's exactly what Wakanda is all about! It's seamless. I love love love how she brought her universe & background to the story, with the wilderness, the wings, the cicada, the high tech...

    If you liked Shuri in the Black Panther movie, you'll like this, she'

    Excellent!

    I don't know much about comics & the Marvel universe, but I really loved it. Nnedi writing this is the best thing that could have happened to Shuri. Nnedi's books are very entrenched in African culture and technology, and that's exactly what Wakanda is all about! It's seamless. I love love love how she brought her universe & background to the story, with the wilderness, the wings, the cicada, the high tech...

    If you liked Shuri in the Black Panther movie, you'll like this, she's the same stubborn, awesome, kick ass woman.

    If you liked any of Nnedi's books, you'll get sucked right in.

  • Artemis

    If Shuri is one of your favourite characters in 'Black Panther', if not the number one fave, then check out her solo comic series, which she has well earned. Marvel is taking the right step in putting more female POC characters in the spotlight.

    Written by acclaimed writer Nnedi Okorafor, 'Shuri, Vol. 1: The Search For Black Panther' is fun, spiritual, political, and intellectual. It showcases Shuri's can-do attitude and tech wizardry (as well as the gauntlets, she has invented silver wings that

    If Shuri is one of your favourite characters in 'Black Panther', if not the number one fave, then check out her solo comic series, which she has well earned. Marvel is taking the right step in putting more female POC characters in the spotlight.

    Written by acclaimed writer Nnedi Okorafor, 'Shuri, Vol. 1: The Search For Black Panther' is fun, spiritual, political, and intellectual. It showcases Shuri's can-do attitude and tech wizardry (as well as the gauntlets, she has invented silver wings that she keeps in her pocket!). She is a true hero in her own right; not just a princess, or Black Panther's kid sister, or a potential succeeding Black Panther after T’Challa's disappearance into space. Her main objective, as the title spells out, is to find her brother: exactly what it says on the tin.

    Shuri is a genius - one of if not the smartest person in the entire Marvel Universe - who is unsure of her future, and she loves her family, friends and the people of Wakanda.

    Speaking of, the comic contains well-developed worldbuilding of the great nation to boot. Wakanda feels real, as it should, and the artwork aids in its wonder.

    Shuri gives teenage girls a fantastic name - such a rarity in mainstream media. They have long deserved this kind of positive representation. Shuri the young black royal, and inventor, tech master, and fighter - the importance of this, and her recognition and popularity.

    Guest heroes include Storm (I didn't know she and T'Challa were an item, and finally - a story where I like her!), Rocket and Groot, and typically, Tony Stark. Is there any Marvel comic and movie he doesn't appear in? Give more women a chance, Iron Clod! Shuri's mother Queen Ramonda and Okoye are here too and are badass in their own way.

    I won't give much of the plot away, but I will mention that the primary reason 'Shuri, Vol. 1' is kept from being exceptionally brilliant is that I was confused about its message towards the end. What is the moral meant to be? Give in to peer pressure? Do as your elders say without question? Stick to tradition? Never change a monarchy into a democracy? Or is it something to do with responsibility? The story isn't finished, and major plot threads are as yet unsolved. But at least Shuri, a little faltering of agency at the end aside, remains the star, and the spectacular art shows her off splendidly as a hero.

    Watch out for the gorgeous art covers!

    Cultural traditions, African teachings, female friendships, female support, beautiful artwork, gadgets, a space battle with a bug that makes wormholes that can devour the universe (as you do, Marvel) - what more is there to entice you? The volume is a must for Shuri fans. She is sprightly, fun, assertive, brave, and brilliant.

    She is no traditional Disney princess.

    Wakanda, forever.

    Final Score: 4/5

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

    Shuri was one of my standout favorites from the Black Panther film, so the fact that she gets her own comic series meant this was a no-brainer for me. I loved seeing her holding her own alongside Ramonda, Okoye, Storm, and Iron Man after her brother disappeared into space. The story was excellent and the various covers were all stunning. Looking forward to the next collection!

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    When T'Challah and Manifold go missing during a space mission, Princess Shuri is desperate to locate them before the world learns that Black Panther has disappeared, which would put the safety of Wakanda at risk. Shuri must make some tough decisions to protect her country and her family while searching for her brother.

    With a little help from Storm and some guest appearances by Rocket, Groot, and Iron Man, Shuri begins an epic journey with guidance from the ancient ones and kicks some butt along

    When T'Challah and Manifold go missing during a space mission, Princess Shuri is desperate to locate them before the world learns that Black Panther has disappeared, which would put the safety of Wakanda at risk. Shuri must make some tough decisions to protect her country and her family while searching for her brother.

    With a little help from Storm and some guest appearances by Rocket, Groot, and Iron Man, Shuri begins an epic journey with guidance from the ancient ones and kicks some butt along the way.

    I've been fan girl-ing over Shuri since the

    film last year. I'm thrilled Okorafor has given readers the opportunity to learn more about her and I appreciate that she's keeping the character true to the movie portrayal with the fierce, intelligent, and scientific badassery.

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  • David Schaafsma

    A favorite character from the film The Black Panther, Shuri is T’Challa’s science/techno phenom sister, and the character Nigerian-American, Afro-futurist magical fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor creates is both consistent with that film version, a good thing, and something like Binti from her now non-comics series.

    On a space mission T'Challah and Manifold disappear, and Princess Shuri has to decide what her primary responsibility at the moment is: Sister, scientist, public leader? Wakanda expects

    A favorite character from the film The Black Panther, Shuri is T’Challa’s science/techno phenom sister, and the character Nigerian-American, Afro-futurist magical fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor creates is both consistent with that film version, a good thing, and something like Binti from her now non-comics series.

    On a space mission T'Challah and Manifold disappear, and Princess Shuri has to decide what her primary responsibility at the moment is: Sister, scientist, public leader? Wakanda expects Shuri to lead, but she must find her brother. And she wants to be in her lab! Wait, is there a way all of these roles can actually come together?!

    There are cameos here that work well—with Iron Man, for sure, but also less well—with Rocket Raccoon and Groot. I’m not a fan of this art, have to say, but this is one is promising for fans of this character and the world of Wakanda. I'll keep reading, as i like her fantasy/sci of novels and know she will have a lot of interesting world- and character-building ideas for this strong girl woman character.

  • Miriam

    Although this is listed as Volume 1 it appears to take place within a larger ongoing story involving Black Panther, Manifold, space travel for some secret-to-me purpose, some villain I'd never heard of named Moses Magnum, and other stuff. So, it would probably help to have been reading along and not just pick up this book because you like Shuri and/or Nnedi Okorafor.

    That said, there were lots of fun things going on (almost too many, perhaps). There were multiple relationships, romantic and famil

    Although this is listed as Volume 1 it appears to take place within a larger ongoing story involving Black Panther, Manifold, space travel for some secret-to-me purpose, some villain I'd never heard of named Moses Magnum, and other stuff. So, it would probably help to have been reading along and not just pick up this book because you like Shuri and/or Nnedi Okorafor.

    That said, there were lots of fun things going on (almost too many, perhaps). There were multiple relationships, romantic and familial. There was Shuri's need to make her own aside from being the kid sister. There were the ancestors (apparently Shuri died? and acquired a bunch of powers? she can turn into birds?) and her mother pressuring her, and leaders from other African nations, and a black hole and a space monster and astral travel and a hacker and a disappearance and

    My favorite part was when Shuri

    . I hope she gets to hang out more with those guys.

    Art: The Sam Spratt cover snagged my eye on the shelf. The interior art by Leonardo Romero wasn't bad but didn't do anything for me. He is not great at drawing faces from the side and should maybe work on that.

  • Marta

    This is a fun, action-filled story, as far as Shuri’s metarphosis into Black Panther is concerned, with amazing art. I especially enjoyed the African art, costumes and cities.

    However, the story of a small black hole in the desert is beyond ridiculous. I read some of this to my husband and he begged me to stop - it was too painful. Yep, stand next to a black hole and accelerate it. Oh yeah, and with seismic powers, you can survive inside a singularity. Oh, and speed it up with stuff from your poc

    This is a fun, action-filled story, as far as Shuri’s metarphosis into Black Panther is concerned, with amazing art. I especially enjoyed the African art, costumes and cities.

    However, the story of a small black hole in the desert is beyond ridiculous. I read some of this to my husband and he begged me to stop - it was too painful. Yep, stand next to a black hole and accelerate it. Oh yeah, and with seismic powers, you can survive inside a singularity. Oh, and speed it up with stuff from your pocket, McGyver!

    Example dialog: “So the shape of a black hole is omni-hyperboloidal in its accelerated nature. “

    “I have an idea! We build a small, basic particle accelerator and throw it in the black hole. That’ll speed it right up!”

    Oh for fuck’s sake.

    Nnedi, I thought you knew better.

  • Bogi Takács

    Really enjoyed the political aspects, Shuri struggling with responsibility, etc. The book addressed some things that I'd been wondering about re: Wakanda. But I felt the Rocket & Groot cameo did not match the style of the rest and didn't really work for me. I'll still read the next volume! Also, now the sharp change in setting between Black Panther vol. 5 and 6 makes sense, so if you were also confused by that, here is the explanation.

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    Source of the book: Lawrence Public Library

  • Alex Sarll

    Nnedi Okorafor's third Black Panther spin-off, but the one most closely tied to the parent book, running in tandem with Ta-Nehisi Coates' Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda arc (which I've yet to read). It has one of the best art teams with which she's been paired thus far; Romero and Bellaire give the comic a look at once classic yet not remotely retro, with a whole other manga vibe for the flashbacks, and another style again for the offbeat team-up with some other characters familiar to MCU fans.

    Nnedi Okorafor's third Black Panther spin-off, but the one most closely tied to the parent book, running in tandem with Ta-Nehisi Coates' Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda arc (which I've yet to read). It has one of the best art teams with which she's been paired thus far; Romero and Bellaire give the comic a look at once classic yet not remotely retro, with a whole other manga vibe for the flashbacks, and another style again for the offbeat team-up with some other characters familiar to MCU fans. The big-screen versions being why Shuri has her own series now, of course, but also a potential hurdle. After all, in the comics, especially of late, she's more often been the mystical foil to her science genius brother, whereas now, if Marvel aren't to abandon all hope of synergy, they have to at least hint at the technological prowess of the new favourite Disney princess with some fancy new gadgets. For the most part, it comes off. You could argue that the series captures the indomitability of the screen Shuri better than her puckishness, but after all, these are different times, with her big brother missing, instead of there to bounce off, and with Wakanda anxious that she step up to the throne – a plan with which she's understandably uncomfortable, given her last stint there pretty much killed her. And meanwhile, there's that missing brother to locate, and other menaces to thwart.

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