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Kotaku: I feel like you can’t have that guy be the Priest character forever.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: No you can’t. Also there’s an element where people get into comic books because they want to live through the character. They want to see Wolverine do a bunch of cool shit. That will always be an element. You have to have some of that but that’s not what grabs me.

As a writer, I can’t stay there because of that. Once I saw Hickman hitting on this whole notion of what would Kings actually do, as he said, “what giants do,” it was like oh. OK. It’s not enough to just be a badass and everybody does what you say.

It’s not enough for Dora Milaje to say, “Oh we love you.” And that’s just it. Obviously he had Nakia and that sort of thing with Malice and all of that. But I’m talking about something even deeper when people actually have deep seated beefs with you. That are real beefs that people should have.


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It came in its turn in the setup of the Black Panther's post-Shadowland status quo.

It began with him describing where he lived and continued with his family.

Then it got into what he did to make his money, and how he now had the opportunity to move up the ladder.

The ladder was New York's criminal hierarchy.

The rung above was free for him to seize. )
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I've lately been slowly reading through Priest's Black Panther run, and yesterday I read an arc which was rather amusing given recent event. I think I saw someone mention part of it in the comments of scans_daily recently, actually, something about sort of Illuminati like gather involved Black Panther, Doom, Magneto and Namor. It also involved T'Challa flirting with Storm way before Hudlin's run. Funny stuff.

Anyway, I hope it's not overly complicated, but it's Priest's run which tends to have a bazillion things happening at the same time and also is tough to cut to 7 pages.

Black Panther v3 #26, ~7 pages

It starts with a flashback:Read more... )

Black Panther v3 #27, 7 pages

Where international tension starts ramping out, and also the flirting:Read more... )

Black Panther v3 #28, ~7 Pages

The one with the Illuminati-like meeting: Read more... )

Black Panther v3 #29, 3 pages

Mostly concluding the stuff between Namor and Black Panther: Read more... )
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As requested in my previous post, here's the scene from Hudlin's run on Black Panther where he reveals that Wakanda has the cure for cancer (nevermind how little sense that makes) but refuses to share it.

Because they're assholes )

2 2/3 pages from Black Panther 3.
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So as you know, Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive's ending in February.

The current Kingpin vs. T'Challa arc wasn't intended to wrap it up- there's an interview from this year's San Diego Comic-Con where writer David Liss briefly discusses another one to consequentially follow- but the book's sales've been decreasing since its inception post-Shadowland (there was a Fear Itself bump, but only for the issue introducing the somewhat controversial American Panther), clocking in below 20,000 copies moved for the last few months.

I can understand why readers didn't buy into the Panther, especially post-Doomwar (and, of course, post-Hudlin), and I know there're titles more readily captivating. It's just that his book's getting cancelled, just as it was beginning to hit its stride, is quite an unfortunate bit of timing (but understandable; at least Fisk and T'Challa's battle is getting to conclude as intended).

Especially since its protagonist had also done so, by throwing off some of the more awkward elements of his post-Shadowland status quo. )
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They're the effective dramatis personae of last week's Black Panther; there's the master of the Hand (longer known as New York's Kingpin of Crime) too, but he only gets a single page's worth of all the issue.

It's a nice one, though; Liss's breakdown and Francavilla's colors really help it set up Wilson Fisk as The Most Dangerous Man Alive's first arc's enemy. Granted, it's not quite that ambitious as scenes go, but it's a nicely done job nonetheless.

Solicited as the war "you knew.. was coming", Fisk and T'Challa's conflict's going to be (re)introducing a few more canon foreigners to the Panther's refreshed, post-Fear Itself outlook on things, with a similar brevity if this month's issue's any indication.

It opens on minor Spidey foe and nanotechnological wheelman Overdrive, who narrates us up to speed on himself and Spider-Island. )
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Last fall, Daredevil was the latter and so T'Challa became the former; this fall, Matt's the first again and so the Panther's assuming the second legend.

This second transition's marked like the first, by an event and with a tonal shift. It's a lighter one this time, with Daredevil having gone from Maleev to Martin and T'Challa's Most Dangerous Man Alive Francavilla covers looking.. well, like Hell's Kitchen in the evening rather than Zircher and Bianchi's Hell's Kitchen at night in Man Without Fear (that is to say, softer colors).

The stories're likewise flipping the switch: we've already begun to see Daredevil taking up a discarded mindset for his superheroic penance, and now it's the Panther's turn. The change's marked by the events of Fear Itself, and T'Challa's own agent of is a much more personal one- a new Hate-Monger, possessed by and possessing the original's hate powers.

The one more touted, the controversial American Panther promised to have a 'huge impact'.. he's a subordinate, according to last month's #521. )
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So when first the American Panther was revealed, there was much discontent.

To some, it seemed like T'Challa was undergoing more pointless reinvention; though David Liss's Man Without Fear'd so far depicted both the Panther's competences and the grit of Hell's Kitchen entertainingly enough, fans feared this'd be the dropping of the ball.

Well, the patriotic Panther debuted in last week's #521 as a consequence of Fear Itself, and I'm happy that those fears were groundless.

(Oh, before I go any further- there's folks in these scans who aren't subtle about their feelings for non-whites and/or non-Americans. It's none of the particularly unsubtle stuff, but even still.)

But speaking of groundless fears, the Panther's got another new foe who knows exactly how to play on those. Who is he? )
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Christopher Priest is a good writer and it's a shame he doesn't work more. Some of the art is a bit...iffy but the story is still good.




All scans come from Black Panther Vol. 02 issue 01

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