“History Happened to Me.” (Rise of Black Panther #3 Comic Review)

“Mr. Follow Follow” Book 3 of 6

Written by: Evan Narcisse (Consultant: Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Penciled by: Paul Renaud

Colored by: Stephane Paitreau

Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Covers and Title pages: Brian Stelfreeze

The journey continues in this mini-series following the early years of T’Challa, King and Protector of the fictional African country Wakanda. This month, T’Challa goes against the wishes of his council and opens the nation to the United Nations in an effort to bring peace to the world with their technology advancements and vibranium. There is a lot going on in this issue, and the plot is set up very nicely.

Previously on The Rise of Black Panther…

T’Challa takes over the mantle of Black Panther and King of Wakanda from his uncle S’yan. He quickly embarks on a journey to find missing Wakandans who have begun disappearing recently. He finds an unlikely and resistant ally in Namor, the brash and slightly-prejudiced King of Atlantis. This proves to be a very interesting team up.

Winter soldier vs. Black panther

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My Take

In the previous issues, the pacing of the story was near perfect. You felt that you are carefully being ushered into this world of Wakanda and T’Challa finding his place as a new monarch. This issue has a lot going on. There is a lot of exposition, while necessary, it sped by too quickly.  And this exposition is incredibly technical. For instance, before we can get time to understand the gravity of what T’Challa has decided for Wakanda. We do not even have time to grapple with the tribal elders to realize what is going on. They, as well as the audience, do not have time to react for the United Nations envoys are just outside. It felt really rushed. Another major departure in writing from the first few issues is the amount of dialogue, as there is A LOT. Even during the action scenes, there is a lot talking which sort of detracts from the action. What I can appreciate is some of the character development and use of Shuri as an Oracle-type, her revelations and confrontation with Uncle S’yan, and the set-up for what’s happening in the present of Black Panther. I also appreciate some of the guest stars but then there are others that are shoehorned in. These things needed to happen, but the speed with which it’s happening is a problem. The art is good, not spectacular and I am really interested in the next issue and the involvement of other Marvel villains.

page 1 with t'challa

In Conclusion

The book keeps me interested because of a few left turns and things I know are seeds sown for later.  The careful crafting in the previous two issues is faintly present, but it mostly feels rushed and cluttered. I know we only have so much more time before it comes to an end, but I hope that we get there without a downgrade in story quality. My assessment rounds to a 7.6 because I have seen Narcisse do much better. 

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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
Rise of Black Panther is still good but seeing as how this is the midpoint of this mini-series, they need advance the story a lot. This is conceptually good but execution was wanting. Also, while the introduction of other characters like Namor, Nick Fury, and others is necessary to situate within the Marvel Universe, it doesn't feel as natural as in previous issues. Get this because it is part of a larger story of T'Challa's journey but I am really hoping for improvement next issue.
Good
  • Seeds sown for the future (our present T’Challa)
  • Shuri
  • Nice Ending
Bad
  • Too much, too quickly
  • Too much technical exposition
7.6
Good
Art - 8
Writing - 7
Plot - 7
Character Development - 8
Fluidity from Previous issue - 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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