“The Struggle is Eternal” (Black Panther #171 Comic Review)

Black Panther #171

 

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Penciled by: Leonard Kirk

Colored by: Laura Martin

Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Covers by: Brian Stelfreeze & Laura Martin

Variant cover by Nick Bradshaw & Morry Hollowell

Black panther cover

Previously on Black Panther…

The last issue was just the beginning of the big battle. It is going down and just about everyone is in the midst. T’Challa, Shuri, Storm, Thunderball, Akili, and Hatut Zeranze (Dogs of War) are in full force against Ras the Exhorter’s unearthly horde. We got an ominous message from Tetu that a door has opened and usually when you leave doors open not so great things emerge. This led to us finding out that a familiar face was behind the mask of Ras. We hear their story as soon as we open the first page of our next issue.

The dora milaje and hatut

’nuff said

My Take

I was not disappointed here. As usual Kirk’s art is a beautiful pallet of major action along with Martin’s bright colors. The Dora plus the War Dogs, plus Klaw plus the Panther. Not only are we keyed into the action but also, as usual, I can feel and see the emotions of the characters. Even T’Challa who is masked most of the time and Klaw can’t necessarily emote much. I can feel the intensity and I can see Klaw’s arrogance. Consistently, Coates is such a subtle writer. He crafts every word and every panel to make the story come together. I loved we’re finally seeing Klaw go toe-to-toe with T’Challa. It’s been a long time coming. But the beauty of Black Panther is that as great of a fighter he is, he is also a brilliant tactician as well.  Could the fight have been longer? I wish. But still, a round of applause for Coates. I guess this is why they keep having him write this book, eh? It did take me a quick second to understand the plan but after a second readI got it. The panels and the dialogue are tightly woven together. I still have some unanswered questions and I wonder if they will get answered in the next month or never? How were they able to tame Ras? What’s next for Klaw? A story is only as good as the questions it surfaces. If you read my Sound and Fury review, I can’t stand stories tied with a pretty bows.

T'Challa no spoilers

no spoilers

In Conclusion

Is this the end? There are still a good amount of questions as we close but one big answer emerged out of the door. I appreciate the action, the major reveals, and battle wrap-up. The struggle is real for our heroes and our villains but in the end, it is eternal. No pretty bow ending but the next stop on the Wakanda train conducted by Coates will be significantly different than now.

Variant cover

Variant cover by Nick Bradshaw & Morry Hollowell

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Aaron Jones

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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.
Summary
Coates gives us what we’ve been waiting for and it’s Klaw and Black Panther mano a mano. There are answers to the question of who has been pulling the strings all along and what this whole war was all about. We see who comes through the door and I’m surprised. I’m sure you will be.
Good
  • T’Challa is tired of Klaw’s mess
  • The Art
  • Intense action
  • Answers but the kind that bring more questions
Bad
  • Wish the Klaw fight was longer
  • Will my questions ever get answered?
8.4
Great
Art - 9
Writing - 9
Plot - 8
Character Development - 8
Fluidity from Previous issue - 8
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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.

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