Rise of Black Panther #4 Review
“Stalemate” Book 4 of 6
Written by: Evan Narcisse (Consultant: Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Penciled by: Javier Pina
Colored by: Stephane Paitreau
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Covers and Title pages: Brian Stelfreeze
This is an awesome mini-series because it includes new takes on the origins of the Black Panther mythos while calling back to older issues we may be familiar with.
Previously on The Rise of Black Panther…
Spoilers for last issue….
There was a lot going on last month. For the first time ever, King T’Challa had welcomed outsiders into the secret land of Wakanda. This introduction of Wakanda to the outside world is T’Challa’s effort at making the world a better place, admirable right? Only one of these left a back door for the Winter Soldier to show up and wreak some havoc. He finds a wayward N’Jadaka back to Wakanda, who he assumes is just a lost Wakandan coming home. And THEN, he comes home to Dr. Doom sitting on the throne. It was a lot.
This issue starts with a BANG, literally. From that moment on, I was hooked in to the book’s story, waiting for the next WTF moment. I think this issue is better paced than last time because it’s Black Panther and Doom for the majority of the issue. Although it’s pretty civil, Narcisse & Coates and their writing were perfect for the banter between the two monarchs. There is a big difference between T’Challa and Namor’s conversation versus this one with Doom. Doom is a despot and annoyingly speaks in the 3rd person, but this is evidence to his aggravating character.
The art is a little softer this time around, not as sharp lines as last time. Maybe it’s because he’s a different suit but I like it. I love the emotions on everyone’s faces; everybody is pissed except Shuri. Shuri is not necessarily comic relief but she’s the only one taking this whole thing as serious as everyone else. I think we’re definitely coming to a head as the mini-series comes to a close. The panels with N’Jadaka and White Wolf were intense. (Sidenote: White Wolf is mad disrespectful for what he did to N’Jadaka’s scarf! I would have been pissed!) I loved all the elements of this issue. From the Doombots to Shuri’s reaction to them, to T’Challa’s genius showing through and him discovering who the real problem is…this issue delivered.. What could make T’Challa worried you may ask? He has some problems at the home front.