Written by Nnedi Okorafor
Art by Leonardo Romero
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Joe Sabino
Shuri’s adventures in space come to a dramatic end and attract a new threat to the planet.
Waking up in the body of Groot continues to be an issue for Shuri as she tries to find a way to locate her brother as well as return to her own body. Rocket agrees to help, but they have a problem that needs to be handled first.
A problem in the form of a giant space bug that sucks energy and has decided to make Rocket’s ship its next meal.
As the pair go through a series of experiments to remove the creature from the ship, the young woman caught in the wake of Ikoko and Storm’s finds herself inhabiting the body of the bug itself and unable to fin a way to calm its rage or hunger.
Both mutants must find a way to bring the two women back from the outer reaches of space, but their efforts will draw the attention of the bug to a bigger target. At the same time, the Okoye’s investigation into the disappearance of Queen Ramonda takes several twists and turns before she stands face to face with an unknown entity.
There is an interesting balance to this issue. The resolution of Shuri’s predicament as Groot is handled well. The tension in the return of Shuri to her body is well done, but the B story about Okoye’s search for Queen Ramonda was actually more intriguing than the rest of the issue. I found those moments more compelling and would have been more invested if that were the A story and Shuri’s return story scaled back.
Leonardo Romero’s art is good, but there isn’t much that seems visually challenging from the story. It’s pretty paint-by-numbers, but still executed well.