Who are the desturi? 🐾 (first encounter with shuri)
black panther vol 5. #7
a secretive, xenophobic, ultra-conservative group within wakandan society, the desturi believed that the wakandan monarchy has strayed too far from wakandan values and traditions, at wakanda’s expense. the desturi began plotting in the shadows and—ironically—colluded with outside forces from latveria, namely dr. doom.
well-funded group with many devoted followers.
opposition figures/groups like the #desturi aren’t uncommon in the black panther universe. #wakanda had to deal with hardliners trying to bring wakanda back to its “roots,” so to speak. m’baku is the biggest representation of that movement.
the desturi, however, were a lot more devious. rather than going public, they elected to move quietly and efficiently. there would be no negotiations or presentation of grievances, as far as they were concerned. they were going for the top and would do what it takes to get it done, even if it meant colluding with a foreign nation (topical, isn’t it?). looking back, the desturi represented a bigger problem that wakanda has faced since t’challa became king. wakanda was moving in a seemingly unprecedented direction in the eyes of many wakandans: too much interaction with the outside world; too much reliance on non-wakandan resources; too much outside influence on wakanda; and so on. these feelings, whether they were true or not, found a home in the desturi and would linger long after the events of doomwar.
the desturi also represented the first major domestic threat that shuri had to face as the ruler of wakanda. her face-off with the secretive group resulted in her first major decision as a ruler and set the tone on how she would deal with this particular aspect of running the country.
in addition to being secretive, the desturi were quite thorough. they very likely surmised that they wouldn’t be able to take out t’challa on their own. thus, they decided to get outside help: dr. doom!
soon after a secret meeting with namor, t’challa is ambushed by doom and barely escapes. however, he is found barely alive and in a coma