Black Panther Vs. Deadpool #1
A Small Misunderstanding, part 1
Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith
Artist: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Color Artist: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover Artist: Ryan Benjamin & Rain Beredo
Variant Cover Artists: Adi Granov; Cully Hamner & Laura Martin
What you need to know
I never thought that I would say it, but these two characters are the stars of blockbuster films. This seems like a no-brainer, right? Right, no one I know of would have come up with this for a mini-series. T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, the technologically advanced African nation, and Wade Wilson, the mutated and cancer-ridden assassin. The merc with the mouth (that keeps on running) and the agile genius The Black Panther have had a run in before. They both ended up kicking each other in the nuts. And that’s what this book will be bringing these two unique characters together, it’s gonna get nuts.
As I said when it was announced, this is a team-up that I didn’t know I needed. In a world where T’Challa is lost in space, it’s nice to have a little fun. I loved this first romp, it is hilarious and filled with the type of references that I would expect in a Deadpool comic. TV and comic book writer, Daniel Kibblesmith, has perfectly captured the contrasting natures of T’Challa and Wade and provides an accurate depiction of what may happen if their two worlds collide. Known for his work with Stephen Colbert, and on the revival of Quantum and Woody, Kibblesmith does a great job here. The plot is reasoned and sets up nicely where we’re going in the next few issues. As well, I am eternally grateful for a Darkwing Duck reference!
The art is interesting. Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and his art have a gritty, nuanced feel to it. The lines are harsh and gritty but also, particularly with Deadpool, there is a playful bounce. It also kind of reminds me of Ernie Barnes, the artist of the painting on the wall of the 70’s sitcom, Good Times and Marvin Gaye’s album, I Want you. It is a very unique style and it works perfectly here. I had a moment where the jargon was getting to me but Deadpool diffusing that by shouting to T’Challa and Shuri, “Stop talking nerd!” Overall, I loved it. It is fun, exciting, and I hope Wade comes better armed for next time.