Black Panther #172 Review
“Avengers of the World part 13”
Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penciled by: Leonard Kirk
Colored by: Laura Martin w/ Matt Milla
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Covers by: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story & Matt Milla
Variant cover by Pasqual Ferry & Chris Sotomayor
Variant Cover commemorating Venom 30th Anniversary
Previously on Black Panther…
Last issue we experienced a battle that was a long time coming, Black Panther versus Klaw. We patiently waited for the battle, only to find out that there was another villain at play.
So the final take for the “Avengers of the World” is here. I know I have expressed I’ve enjoyed Kirk’s art before but this issue was awe-inspiring. Kirk, in conjunction with the coloring by Martin and Milla, was outstanding this issue. There are great contrasts, color schemes, and the way the color changed with the mood of the scene. The action was solid, as tense as can be expected and I really had a sense of danger for the characters that I did not have in previous issues of this storyline. I love the way things wrap up and not because of who comes out on top but because I didn’t see it coming. We learn a lot about the characterization of T’Challa. Hate or love it, he is the King of this Superhero-ish story right now. Also Shuri is awesome, as usual, and in the end so is Storm. I do have a few gripes – 3 to be exact.
Numero uno: I wish we wouldn’t keep harping on Storm’s claustrophobia as a plot device to drive suspense. Aren’t we beyond that? Doesn’t she have more depth than that by now? Number two: this 1984 villain is the most random introduction of all time. Never saw it coming and I had do significant research to two years before I was born on Wikipedia and Marvel Unlimited to figure out who he was. And lastly, this issue went SO fast with a major cliffhanger at the end that I fear will get glossed over in the future. But even with all of that, I still loved it because the mark of a great writer is someone who leaves you begging for more. I can’t wait for the next frontier for T’Challa, Storm, Shuri and the rest of our Wakandan Warriors.
Hmmm…so this phase is over. I have a few question -. Will the relaunch bridge the current and the new situation next month? Is this truly the end? Many fans will be disappointed if that ending never gets addressed again. Overall, this was a great issue and season finale for this storyline. It might have gone pretty quickly but mostly because I was in such a rush to see what happened next.