The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda rushes to fight Dormammu who has control of Ego the Living Planet. Find out if T’Challa and M’Baku can save the universe in The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1 by Marvel Comics!
THE LAST ANNIHILATION: WAKANDA #1
Writer: Evan Narcisse
Artist: German Peralta
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Editor: Wil Moss
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 15th, 2021
Previously in Wakanda: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda was created by time displaced Wakandan explorers. The empire was built through conquest and enslavement, and they even managed to enslave T’Challa. The Black Panther worked with rebels such as M’Baku to overthrow the empire. Now as Emperor, T’Challa must figure out how their place in the new world order.
ALLIES OR ENEMIES
The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1 starts with Abigail Brand of S.W.O.R.D. contacting T’Challa and Shuri for aid against Dormammu. T’Challa decides to send M’Baku and a few choice people to help out the Shi’ar’s Imperial Guard. As M’Baku, Shuri, Manifold, and Vibraxas arrive as reinforcements, the fight is brutal and overwhelming. On top of that, the Imperial Guard don’t trust Wakanda due to past relationships with the previous regime. However, both sides reluctantly work together and create enough space to breathe and reevaluate the field.
The attack might be a division as they realize that the moon is being turned mindless. M’Baku commands a retreat and heads to the Planet Bast, the Throneworld of Wakanda. They come up with a plan to free the move. From the perspective of the Imperial Guard though is that they ran away. M’Baku returns with a ship that has the power to save the moon and gets into a brief argument with the Imperial Guard. Ultimately, they decide to work together and get reinforcements from Black Panther and Storm. After they save the day, M’Baku is named Regent of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda.
M’Baku was the emphasis and protagonist of The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1. I didn’t read the previous story arc that featured his introduction but M’Baku seemed a little flat to me. There was an implication about his role and his namesake that I wasn’t clearly understanding without the larger context. I think the writers tried to explain it to me, but it didn’t get through my thick noggin. I didn’t get this huge sense of accomplishment when M’Baku and the Empire was able to save the moon, nor did I understand what it meant for him to be regent. But I think that moment is deserved if you had that larger context.
I did like the tension between the Wakandan empire and the Imperial Guard. This sort of dialogue shows the disdain that the Imperial Guard was having with M’Baku. I wish we had a little more time to explore this relationship and perhaps we will in future comics.
BOTTOM LINE: DECENT STORY
This is a great comic for people following the Black Panther storyline. It seems to have the right story beats and elaborates on a very cool character. I’ll give this a 4 out of 5 stars and I may backtrack to see how the storylines that I have missed.
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The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1
M'Baku proves to be a good protagonist for The Last Annihilation: Wakanda #1 if you have the context of the previous storylines.