Thursday, October 27, 2011

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive (2011) 523.1 & 524

 I'm usually a DC guy -- but some characters in Marvel are really awesome. I'm a big fan of Black Panther. Comic Vine is going to help me give you a little back-story on Black Panther. They define him as follows: T'Challa is the Black Panther, the super genius warrior king of the African nation of Wakanda, the most technologically advanced nation on Earth. He is one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe, a former Avenger, and Storm's husband. Black Panther was the first mainstream black Marvel superhero. Currently, he has relinquished his active role and power in Africa. His sister is the new " Black Panther" over there. --More from Comic Vine: ...he has established an undercover identity in Hell's Kitchen as Mr Okonkwo, the manager of the Devil's Kitchen restaurant. Through this civilian identity T'Challa is seeking to familiarize himself with his newfound neighbors in the Hell's Kitchen area. Part of his new venture is relinquishing every aspect of the Black Panther identity. He no longer has his Wakandan tech, metahuman abilities or his vibranium suit. He refuses to return to Wakanda...

So about the two issues... They were great! The point-one issue, 523.1, was a great read and allowed me to quickly familiarize myself with the character. He's cunning, smart, and strong. The writers are doing a great job at showing readers a man who is trying to reinvent himself as a hero. Very cool. Issue 524 was a tie in with Spider-Island. Short and Sweet: People are infected with a virus that gives them Spider-man's abilities. Unfortunately, many people are mutating into Spider creatures. Black Panther has six arms! Its a fun issue. No real story here. But very very cool. I love the feel of this series and I'm definitely going to stick with it. 4/5

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