BP Review#8: Shuri#1= 4/10!!😒
Oh Boy.. the MCU force is strong with this one. Smh smh smh 😂. Tune in with me on this My Marvel Family.
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"Somebody SAAAAAVVVE MEEEE! "
https://youtu.be/6W_0E1QRx84 Thats all I could think of to start this off 😂 because I need saving man. If this is the future of BP comics then I need immediate rescue.
If I didn't already know copying the MCU and making poor decisions was Marvel's current MO, if I didn't already know that this was going to be bad, and if I didn't already know that this was going to disrespect the good thats already been established; I wouldve been a little more surprised and angry. Thank goodness I already knew (phew😊😌)! However, current MCU influenced Marvel still manages to find a way to shock us all (on some level at least) with how low they can go. Let me get straight to the point....
If this comic was made for new readers, who know nothing about the character or the mythos and have only been introduced to it all via the Black Panther film, it still would only manage to pull out a 5/10 rating in my opinion. Now for one who knows damn near everything about BP (yes, on a unhealthy level lol).. This comic is just UTTERLY DISRESPECTFUL! It totally drops years of development Shuri's character has gone through for the sake of adapting the MCU version into her character, and contradicts established facts. This is not written by someone who really knows and loves the character and mythos, but instead written by one who has surface level knowledge and wants to do whatever the hell they wish. This comic is a prime example of just because a writer shares the same identity as the character (race, gender, sex, or otherwise) it does NOT automatically qualify them as a good choice for the character. Dan Slott, Joe Quesada, or whatever other white male writer the general audience of comic book fans does not like; im sure all these guys could've written a much better Shuri comic- Im heavily confident Al Ewing, and Johnathan Hickman could have done so.
1 big mistake Nnedi Okorafor makes, as is the same of others in Marvel right now, is that it seems he/she feels compelled to copy what was done in the MCU. She says this in her "Letters Page" (direct quote):
"One of the biggest challenges in writing this series has been staying true to the comics version of the character while working aspects of Ryan Coogler and Letita Wright's take on the character from the world-beloved Black Panther film". Nnedi is stating that like she HAS to combine the different versions together, like it is a must. THIS WOULD NOT BE A CHALLENGE IF YOU JUST STICK WITH THE COMIC VERSION AND FORGOT ABOUT THE MCU. Oh but my mistake, by her statement, it seems she may also have an issue with working in harmony with what the source material already established....so nvm, my apologies.
HOW AND WHY Does Marvel let these people get away with this stuff? WHY do they feel the need to be garbage and create garbage? Dont they know they dont HAVE to copy the MCU? Dont they know they can say NO to awful ideas and trash writers? Dont they know the MCU is great and exist because of the comics in the first place? C'mon now....
Below, in the pic, you see "why?" splattered over the cover; Im not asking "Why was this comic made?"....nah I know that (and for the record my issue is not the fact that Shuri has gotten her own series). And no Im asking anything I dont know the answer to, I mean at this point, we all know why. Why 80% of Marvel is crappy, Why dumb decisions are made, Why Marvel is disrespecting a lot of the stuff that made characters great and Marvel as a whole great- yeah, we all know. The answers we already have to those questions tells you all what you need to know about this comic so far.
It seems like all of Nnedi's stories with Panther has either "ok" art or absolutely trifling art, the art here is somewhere in between. If you're going to have really great covers, AT LEAST have art that makes it feel appropriate. The Art does not match AT ALL with cover, same with the quality of writing and story.
Wouldve been alot better in someone elses hands. A story like this has a lot of potential and specifically a lot of potential for Shuri's character. However, you need, AT LEAST, a decent writer to tell it as it should be. Evan Narcisse, in my opinion, was the perfect man for the job, but I feel he was totally looked over. He did near EXCELLENT work with "Rise of The Black Panther", and I feel he wouldve been able to do the same here. But someone in Marvel thought it wise to give the story to a writer who recently wrote a crap story with Panther.
SHURI (the character)- 3/10
Ive never disliked Shuri so much in my life. With the MCU Influence changing her character, it makes her character damn near INSUFFERABLE. "Everything is always about my brother", "Shuri is responsible for Wakanda's space program being what it is today".....😒😒😒😒...Huuhh...Shut The F#%K Up! No seriously..STOP! I can go on and on about how they totally disrespected her character...made her feel inexperienced, naive, etc etc.
1) The biggest mistake Coates ever made while writing BP was turning Wakanda into a Constitutional Monarchy. He made it reasonable/sensible why Wakanda would change and more, Ill give him that, but it still was a mistake. It was because it changes so much about how The Black Panther is viewed, and sorta takes away the magic that is behind his character. Here in this issue, we're sorta seeing that come into effect. Tchalla is gone, some are worried, and when the question "What will Wakanda do and be without its king" arises, the answer is now, "We will still be Wakanda, nothing will change". That is a problem for me, Why? Because it shows Tchalla, the King, The Black Panther, is not important as he should be. It shows as if he is not needed, that he is just a tool used for the country.. But he is not the thing that make the country works and what it is.
Yes, Wakanda being the most technologically advanced nation on the planet, should be capable enough to run well even when there is no ruler. But that does not mean the ruler should now be seen as little importance to the health and well being of the nation. One of the things that made Wakanda's Monarchy so special was that: 1) It practiced a sense of traditionalism that promoted fairness. You do not become leader of the country simply due to birth right, you MUST earn it. 2) Even after youve passed all physical test, shown that you are the strongest and the smartest, you still must be seen worthy by the patron goddess Bast. This is a big deal! Bast is everything to Wakanda! If she doesn't deem you worthy, you cant lead. 3) The nation is strong on its own but its always been the Black Panther thats made Wakanda what it is. The people are a big part of that too....but The Black Panther is both the head and heart of the nation. The fact that Tchalla has to be that for an entire nation AND A HERO... Makes him soo cool in my eyes.
This Constitutional Monarchy sorta takes all that away.
2) This comic has shown that the trash mini-series "Long Live The King" is canon 😢😢😢😢😢🔫🔫💥💥.
IS THERE ANY GOOD?! There is actually.
2) Shuri and Eden Fesi/Manifold's relationship is growing.
3) I have a love-hate relationship with Shuri being shown as intelligent. It was already known she has genius level intellect in the past, seeing her create her own tech and some for her brother (whom I want to see using in the future) is actually kinda cool.
4)....hmmmm. There was a moment shown when Tchalla was training with Zuri (a highly skilled warrior in Wakanda) and it was shown even as a boy he defeated this highly experienced warrior whom was known to have killed a 100 men with only a rock and a rusted spear. Beast!
So these 4 things is why I give the rating of 3-4/10. Thats it.
WELL THATS IT! Ive ranted enough😊. Huge thanx to all that read, and I humbly apologize for any typos. Until next time My Marvel Family😉!