“And you will rise.” (Rise of the Black Panther Comic Review)

The Black Panther rises.

Rise of the Black Panther #6: “Underground Spiritual Game” Book 6 of 6

Written by: Evan Narcisse and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Penciled by: Javier Pina

Colored by: Stephane Paitreau and Morry Hollowell

Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Covers and title pages by: Brian Stelfreeze

Rise of the Black Panther 6 cover variant cover

One of the Marvel Universe’s most compelling characters, Black Panther, is back for the final issue of this mini-series retelling of his origins. In this final installment of the mini-series by Evan Narcisse and Ta-Nehishi Coates, T’Challa goes face-to-face with Killmonger as he goes on a killing spree and captures the Queen Mother in the process.

Previously on The Rise of Black Panther:

T’Challa believes he has found the culprit behind the breach in Wakanda’s security. This mole has plagued the king and his sister Shuri for the entire mini-series. T’Challa blames his adoptive brother, the White Wolf, only to find there is yet another Wakandan secret that awaits him. Fundamentally, T’Challa could have benefited from an Ygritte or Melisandre telling him he knows nothing, like Jon Snow. 

My Take:

Some spoilers for Rise of Black Panther 1-5

Imagine being in T’Challa’s shoes over the course of this mini-series. He becomes king then finds out secrets about his nation, his uncle, and even his father. He makes a stand and decides to bring about change for Wakanda for the better of the world which sparks internal struggle and also piques the interest of the likes of Dr. Doom, the Winter Soldier, and Namor, to name a few. This mini-series has been awesome to say the least. Narcisse captures the intense emotional roller coaster T’Challa goes through and the reality of there being no time to really recover from any of it before the next issue arises. The art has been incredible and consistently so. The frustration of T’Challa, the shame of S’yan, and the hatred of Killmonger are all evident in the way they are drawn by Pina. The colors are exquisite, from the flashbacks to the glow of the vibranium weapons. I feel the pain and the action.

TChalla vs NJadaka

I have loved T’Challa’s evolution through this series and the guest stars. While the end has some Avengers assembling, this story is really about T’Challa and his ongoing test of fortitude. I loved that Shuri came through as usual. She wrecked the Panther zord or Voltron or whatever it was. I would pay to read a Shuri book (make it happen, Marvel). I also appreciated how S’yan just owns up and tells more of the secrets to T’Challa; he might really be getting to a better place.

The strength of the Black Panther is not just the heart-shaped herb, it’s his family. He has been prepared for the role as not your average superhero but a king, a sovereign of a whole nation. It is the leadership of his father, the technical genius of his late mother—N’yami—and love and wise counsel of his step-mother—Ramonda—that makes T’Challa who he is. I also love how T’Challa owns him at the end of their conversation as well, verbally and physically he has truly risen to the occasion as king.

finding killmonger

My Only Gripes:

I only have two gripes. First, as with T’Challa’s wayward brother last issue, Killmonger is dispensed with pretty easily and then we don’t see what happens to him. I understand it’s a mini-series and I also understand that a little mystery is good sometimes. Unfortunately, the characters just feel a little dismissive of it. For example, Shuri asks, “Is our new secret brother dead?” T’Challa responds, “I don’t know. Anyway…” But my biggest gripe, that I haven’t let go since the beginning of reviewing it, is that it’s over. I loved that Narcisse ended with a thank you letter that summarizes his first experience as a comic book writer. I definitely want to thank him as well for a great ride and looking forward to many more.

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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
The Black Panther has come to a great physical and mental challenge in this issue. Wakanda’s exposure to the world has made both T’Challa and all of Wakanda vulnerable internally and externally. But T’Challa is ready to face this issue and much more as he proves himself a competent and compassionate leader. This series has revealed the inner turmoil, success, and continual unfinished business in a great addition to the early Black Panther mythos.
Good
  • Shuri vs. Marvel’s version of Voltron
  • Uncle S'yan gets owned
  • Black Panther rises
Bad
  • Somewhat dismissive of villains
  • Its over...
9
Amazing
Art - 9
Writing - 9
Plot - 9
Character Development - 9
Fluidity from Previous Issue - 9
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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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