Silence is Violence (Black Panther #169 Comic Review)

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Penciled by: Leonard Kirk

Colored by: Laura Martin

Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Covers by: Brian Stelfreeze & Laura Martin

Variant Cover by: Marcos Martin

BP 169 cover

Spoiler: none of these people are featured in this book

Welcome to the wonderful world of Wakanda, the African nation ruled by Avenger and former member of the Fantastic Four, King T’Challa, aka The Black Panther! Both scientifically and technologically advanced, Wakanda has spent a great deal of time isolated from the rest of the world to preserve its independence and control of its natural resource, vibranium. The internal struggles as of late have proven to be very concerning for our august monarch. Will King T’Challa be able to overcome these obstacles for the good of his nation?

 

close up of tchalla

Previously on Black Panther…

King T’Challa ,and all of Wakanda, have been going through it during Coates’ run of Black Panther. Open rebellion against the crown, the Wakandan gods — the Oritha — have left, transition of the country to a constitutional monarchy, and now, long-time antagonist Klaw is back and his powers have significantly increased. Klaw has some dastardly plans with his contingent: Dr. Faustus, Stane, and Zenzi. It will be up to the captured Midnight Angels – Ayo and Aneka to do something about it. Will they succeed? Or will Wakanda fall to Klaw?

Klaw going Krazy

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Take

Coates has an awesome cast of characters, but there’s some laser focus on the Midnight Angels in this issue. It was stylistically different than many of the other issues in the series so far. I had gotten used to the almost rhythmic narrative, but because of Klaw’s plans and his powers being augmented by the synthetic element Reverbium, the entire book was almost deathly silent. No words are needed. Silence. Is. Violence. Kirk’s art told the bulk of the story. It was well done, so much so that I could feel the determination emenating from Aneka’s face and the horror pouring over Klaw toward the end. The action was fast paced, but each panel was concise about what was happening. Suspense is building up well for the next chapter… It’s about to hit the fan hard and fast.

Midnight angel escape?

 

 

 

 

 

In Conclusion

This was a great issue! It was different, and I loved it. It wasn’t really about Black Panther as much as it was building the suspense for the next chapter. The war continues, and we will likely get Klaw and new abilities vs. T’Challa and his potentially reunited army very soon.

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Aaron Jones

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
A Black Panther story with no Black Panther can still be a solid story. After Aneka and Ayo escape from Klaw’s clutches, how will Klaw react? How will T’Challa get in the mix while he’s being distracted with the creatures from Wakanda’s past?
Good
  • Great pacing
  • Intense action
  • Unique departure from previous issues
Bad
  • No explanation of Klaw’s plan
  • No T'Challa
8.3
Great
Art - 9
Writing - 9
Plot - 8.5
Fluidity from Previous issue - 7
Character Development - 8
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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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