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Black Panther (2005) #41

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The war for Wakanda comes to its brutal conclusion. With Storm and the Black Panther both prisoners of the Skrull invaders, is all hope lost for the people of Wakanda? Or does their king still have one last trick up his sleeve?
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  • Imprint: Marvel Universe
  • Rating: T
  • Format: Comic
  • Price: $2.99
  • UPC: 5960605583-04111
  • FOC Date: Sep 04, 2008
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da_skeptic member

For me, this was a tough series to get through. By and large it was very dry for the majority, and despite a stronger ending with both Killmonger and Secret Invasion, the title lacked intensity on all levels. The thing is, a Black Panther book must go hand in hand with intense political themes and is reliant on strong dynamics between the characters. On this front, this book was an epic failure. Throughout the first 20 or issues pre-civil war, the series really failed to develop any of the Wakandians as interesting or important characters, but more so it failed to establish any sense that T'Challa's reign or that Wakanda itself was really under threat in any way. All of that stuff was filler. At least the Killmonger story upped the stakes to the point that the Nigandian quality of life was at stake and that their state was potentially the result of near repression or negligence from Wakanda... A country that has it all. In terms of similarities, this book actually draws a lot of parallels with the challenges faced by a standard Thor series when it is set in Asgard... That book will have Thor, Odin, and Loki usually as the mains but you have the challenge of who else do you develop... Heimdall, Kelda, Baldar, Enchantress, Sif, the Warriors 3, Tyr etc. The Thor run in the mid 2000s post civil war by STJ is probably a good example of how to make a book like that work... You need multiple progressive storylines and a strong overall direction as to where you are heading. Further to that, you have to introduce the key characters to the outside world and influence again and again. Luke Cage's presence early on was very strong, as was Blade's and it was great to see Photon in the series late... But those stories ended quickly and the characters were just gone. The series' Big Event: Panther and Storm's wedding was a good example of how the writer's failed dismally on all the above points... Rather than focus on the love story in the face of the complicated political climate and the story of the key characters, these were all after thoughts as they dedicated page after page emphasising how this was a tabloid event... Which celebrities were there etc. It was quite pathetic. I mean Panther's attempt to force Tony and Steve to reconcile was great, but it was done and dusted in a page. Things recovered post that when Panther and Storm embarked on their world tour, and the civil war was decent too but whatever momentum the book had been building to was completely derailed by the tie in with the FF... Issue after issue of non-sensical fantasy garbage completely removed from what a Black Panther book should be about... And it completely trivialised all the political climate stuff they actually had been working towards. The book did bounce back quite late in the run as the whole Killmonger stuff have the reader what they wanted... A philosophical challenge on multiple levels, the Secret Invasion angle did meet the hype, but I guess it was all too little too late... Despite the tragedy of the Skrull commander's fate, which was surprisingly deep and sad, this book can be summed up in a word: inconsequential. It never felt like there were any real stakes... Nobody important emerged from the series, no one died... No big change or challenge...just nothing. And this becomes all the more apparent if you read what was going on in Cap, Daredevil, or Thor at the same time. I give this a D

dotterchef member

art wasnt my cup of tea, but i loved the story told from the skrull commanders view

Bored78 member

Great ending to a terrible series. Jason Aaron's three issue fill in here was ten times better than anything that hack Reginald Hudlin wrote. Just an embarrassingly bad 38 issue run after Christopher Priest's excellent work on the prior Black Panther series.

CodWalker plus member



This volume needs fixing. It always revets to #1

Milknocrackers member

Really good finale to an under appreciated series. Great artwork. Loved it

jds51500 plus member

Good ending to a Great series.