“All Skinfolk, Ain’t Kinfolk”
Rise of Black Panther #4 Review
“Powershow” Book 5 of 6
Written by: Evan Narcisse (Consultant: Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Penciled by: Javier Pina & Edgar Salazar
Colored by: Stephane Paitreau
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Covers and Title pages: Brian Stelfreeze
The journey continues as we follow T’Challa as he becomes accustomed to being King of Wakanda. The stories progresses to find another villain testing T’Challa’s mettle as king.
Previously on The Rise of Black Panther…
Spoilers for last issue….
Last month had an ominous ending where an incensed Black Panther is putting two and two together to figure out how someone was able to infiltrate Wakanda’s defenses. This traitor not only allowed a Doombot to sit on the throne but also made way for Winter Soldier to wage an attack. All signs pointed to a disgruntled son of T’Chaka and T’Challa points to adoptive son the White Wolf, head of the Wakanda secret police.
Every issue we are learning with T’Challa about all the things he didn’t know about his own homeland. He doesn’t even have time to really absorb the massive secrets that are revealed about the work of the White Wolf and other new family members. What does it mean to have a traitor in your midst and how do you deal with betrayal from your own? Clearly, just because you share the same skin color, doesn’t mean you are kinfolk, family, and they have your best interest at heart. What a hard lesson…He says he needs to do it alone and eventually he’s proven wrong as he gets some help from the love of his life – Storm.
The art is great and matches the story very well keeping me on edge as the action happens. I always love when T’Challa suits up because he stands out really well against the color of the landscape. The plot is progressing well and I don’t want it to end. I want to know what happens in the end! My only criticism lies in how quickly our main villain was beaten…He’s almost pointless. He’s not menacing and it’s just sad. Highlight for me is T’Challa’s use of the proverb from Luke Cage. My folks at work say this all the time and it’s a delight to see in print. I also understand why maybe Ororo and T’Challa aren’t together because who can beat the two of them together?