Black Panther #3 Review
Book 1: Many Thousands Gone part 3
Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penciled by: Daniel Acuna
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Inhyuk Lee
Variant Cover Artists: Jamal Campbell; Paul Renaud
Previously on Black Panther…
There was a major uptick in activity in the second issue. The rebel Maroons sent their ships to an empire stronghold that was supposed to be unguarded but that was not the case. Nakia intended for their cloaked ships to retreat but T’Challa had other ideas in mind and he attacks. The raid ended with the recovery of a shard of the M’Kraan Crystal. This, in turn, pissed off the head of the Wakandan Galactic Empire, N’Jadaka royally. What happens next?
Conceptually, I really like Black Panther in space. There is a lot of opportunity to have interactions that we’ve never seen before. The art is stellar. It is beautiful and full of soul. As N’Yami recounts some of the story of the T’Challa of lore, we get a sense of the direction of this arc. There is something special about T’Challa that he can see things that others cannot, and he has a fire in his heart that is unmistakable. As I have said from the beginning, we’ve been in need of a dose of situational irony and we may just have gotten it. This arc reveals the necessity of a reliable narrator to carry the story along and not potentially lose your reader.
Finally, in this issue, we discover more from the conversations between characters, specifically N’Yami and Nakia. T’Challa’s quest to return to his beloved will come by regaining his memories which were deposited in the Imperial Archive. Subsequently, the empire brings the war to the rebels and a familiar Marvel villain returns to start more mayhem for the Maroons. The suspense of whether or not many of them will make it out alive is enough to keep me interested.