Black Panther #9 – Review
Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Colorist: Laura Martn
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
“A Nation Under Our Feet: part 9” Thanks to T’Challa’s amping Manifolds power to the point of transversing dimensions he’s able to bring Shuri back to the land of the living, complete with the transforming herself into a school of ravens power. T’Challa has no problem letting sis run the show again, and she has some radical ideas on how to deal with The People. Meanwhile the Midnight Angels finally realize their alliance with Tetu could be trading one dictator for another. However, breaking away from Tetu and forming their own state, what’s to stop THEM from becoming cruel dictators?
Understand one thing, this is NOT an issue you can just pick up and think you’ll jump into the story. To be honest I had to read the issue twice myself. Coates fed you candy two issues ago with the reappearance of the Crew, but now he’s back to business. Black Panther is almost a cameo in his own title. He appears in a total of THREE pages and only actually speaks in a total of TWO panels. This story is about Wakanda, so at this point if you’re not invested in the characters’ relationships it’s not going to hold your interest. In fact if you don’t know these relationships you’re flat out going to be lost.
This series has mixed opinion from fans but I enjoy it because Coates doesn’t spoonfeed his readers. Some people will read this story from page to page and completely miss the fact that the Midnight Angels break away from Tetu because of his army’s record of sexual abuse on the women of the villages they conquered. The writer made be an acquired taste, but I’m so glad that Stelfreeze is back. His style is the closest thing Marvel has to Manga, and his style was sorely missed on the last few issues that featured heavy action. Last but not least, can someone PLEASE cosplay Shuri’s new costume? Thanks in advance.