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
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?
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?
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.
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.