Black Panther #170
Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penciled by: Leonard Kirk
Colored by: Laura Martin
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Covers by: Phil Noto
Variant cover by Anna Rud & Nolan Woodard; Marco Checchetto
Previously on Black Panther…
The last issue was pretty silent on King T’Challa and just about everything else. But it centered on the escape of Ayo and Aneka from the clutches of our usual villain Klaw. He had a plan while Black Panther and his team are distracted with some deity issues. T’Challa is battling with The Originators from portals that Klaw was using his technology to open. Along the way, another of Tetu’s co-conspirators capture T’Challa’s friend Asira and demand for the worship of a lost but found god.
I am sincerely trying to balance my excitement for the new arch forthcoming with the relaunch and the sadness I have or this storyline coming to an end. Coates has been immensely successful at crafting suspenseful story with this cast of characters. I’m a sucker for a little of suspense and inventful design. As usual the art is eye-catching and beautifully fit the tone of the story. All of the main characters we need to pay attention to all wear different colors. The smug satisfaction on Tetu’s face, the distress on Changamire’s face, and the shock on the face of many of the characters as they are drawn, illustrate perfectly the emotions they are meant to display. Coates does not disappoint in his writing. Black Panther and his supporting characters are written well and they all contribute. With Coates’ run, Wakanda’s leader is constantly traveling in some directions he has never been through before. And we are treated to a twist (I’m a sucker for twists too!), an interview with Coates and Black Panther film Director and co-screenwriter Ryan Coogler, AND a post-ending scene to boot! Well done folks, well done.
Although I am excited for the prospect of the new relaunch and the brand new ideas forthcoming, I am still excited by where the current story will lead us as it comes to an end. I enjoyed the dialogue between Changamire and Tetu, the battle, and the ending. Sorry folks, you got to be caught up to understand how we got here, but it is good continuance of the story.