Shuri And Groot Become One In Shuri #3
by Josh Davison
[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Shuri has astral projected across the space and into the body of Groot of the Guardians of the Galaxy…unintentionally. Rocket Raccoon is there to help, but both are under attack from a large cosmic insect which Rocket calls a “Space-Lubber.” Meanwhile, Ikoko and Storm are working to call back Shuri and Mansa, the latter of whom was accidentally projected along with Shuri. Okoye is still on the hunt for Queen Mother Ramonda.
Shuri #3 is a bit of a strange digression in the search for T’Challa and Eden. Shuri has accidentally ended up in Groot’s body and found herself in a battle with a space bug.
Needless to say, it has virtually nothing to do with the search for the Black Panther, but it’s a good bit of fun.
There are some hurdles to overcome, namely Shuri finding Groot and Rocket on accident in the vastness of space and Rocket knowing who T’Challa or Shuri even are.
That said, there is some enjoyment to be taken in Rocket and Shuri sharing their love of machines while fighting the giant bug.
The Ramonda disappearance plot doesn’t go very far. Okoye recognizes a person during the search, but it’s not revealed who that is in this issue.
On the whole, it’s a fun and light-hearted story, and there’s little to complain about when it comes to the narrative.
It also has a little homage to the late Aretha Franklin, which is pretty damn cool.
Leonardo Romero’s artwork is once again excellent. He has a distinct way of drawing Groot that draws upon the movie design and looks quite good, and Rocket is downright adorable in some panels. The design of the Space-Lubber and its powers look nice too. Jordie Bellaire’s color art is bright and well-balanced, and it pops off the page well.
Shuri #3 is another fun and upbeat issue for Nnedi Okorafor’s series. Seeing Shuri team up (sorta) with Rocket Raccoon is fun, and we slowly advance the search for T’Challa, Eden, and, now, Ramonda. It’s a charming issue and worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Shuri #3 comes to us from writer Nnedi Okorafor, artist Leonardo Romero, color artist Jordie Bellaire, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and cover artist Sam Spratt.