Oh, Nakia… (Avengers: Wakanda Forever #1 Comic Review)

Avengers: Wakanda Forever #3 Review

 

Chapter Three: Reflections

Writer: Nnedi Okorafor

Artist: Oleg Okunev

Colorist: Erick Arciniega

Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Cover: Terry & Rachel Dodson

Variant Cover: Yasmine Putri; Vanesa R. Del Rey

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This series reveals that the start of the issue goes back much further than it’s first issue. Christopher Priest introduces Nakia, also known as Malice, as a member of the Dora Milage was enamored with the young King T’Challa but her love was unfortunately unrequited. Her jealousy grew and she ditched the Dora and became the antagonist Malice. She had been enhanced due to taking a special drug and has resurfaced in this series emaciated and with a top secret Dora weapon, the Mimic 27. Ayo, Aneka, and Okoye give chase and they fight is taken to New York. Along the way, Spider-Man, the X-Men and now the Avengers are involved in the fray.

MY TAKE

Last issue went deeper into the origins of Malice and this issue goes a step further and brings the past to heal the present. Kurt still provides comedy when he says, “ Why is everything from Wakanda so cool? I need to visit there again — it’s been too long.”)  Yes, everything in Wakanda is cool and we all want to go there all the time. But at the same time, the turmoil that leads to Nakia’s turn and the shift in her arc, is dealt with delicate care by Okorafor. There is a lot of action and there’s a lot of exposition of the past but it is well balanced with each other. T’Challa being there and finally apologizing for contributing to Nakia’s situation going wrong is poignant and an important statement. Apologies don’t fix the past but it gives an opportunity for a better going forward. I also love the connection of two other great serieses, Priest’s introduction of Nakia back in Marvel Knights line of Black Panther and Okorafor’s Black Panther: Long Live the King

In addition, the art tells the story.  Okunev perfectly captures the surprise of the audience with the shock on the faces of the three Dora, Rogue, Kurt, Storm, and even Nakia when T’Challa gets on his knees to apologize. It shifts everything. I think there few moments that can catch up to the magnificence of that one. Especially with how Aneka looks for Storm’s response. But this issue was on the whole an awesome conclusion to this short series. I think shares the strength, the loyalty, genius, and unmatched skill of the Dora, that while there are heavy hitters on the team, they still led the way. But it also shows the Marvel style of creating dynamic villains that we fear for our heroes in their throes and also humanize their perspective.  Very well done. We need more of this and we need to support more stories like these.

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Aaron Jones

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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.
Summary
The escaped power of the Dora Milage weapon, the Mimic 27 is running lose with the powers of multiple X-men thanks to the recklessness of Malice and her obsession with T’Challa. Now things are really out of hand and Black Panther and the Avengers and X-Men have to join forces to protect the city. A complex plan is set in motion and the mimic weapon is stopped but not without cost. This is emotional, funny, and creative journey into the mythology of the Dora is worth the ticket price. Pick it up!
Good
  • The background was interesting
  • T’Challa showed up in an important way, round of applause
  • Kurt is comedy
  • the end!!!
Bad
  • the mini-series is over...
9.4
Amazing
Art - 9
Writing - 10
Plot - 9
Character Development - 10
Fluidity from previous issue - 9
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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.

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