Everyone Needs Backup (Black Panther #2 Comic Review)

Black Panther #2: “Many Thousands Gone” Part 2

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Penciled by: Daniel Acuña

Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Covers and Title pages: Daniel Acuña

Previously on Black Panther:

Ta-Nehisi Coates introduces us to a new group of characters with familiar names in a galaxy far, far away. Cue the screen crawl. The Wakandan empire is similar but different from it’s African ancestor. In its conquering of the planets, it has mind-wiped and enslaved hordes of people to work in vibranium mines. One slave has flashes of his former life and his former love and it inspires him to fight. He fights his way into the Maroons rebellion force led by alien N’Yami, joined by Nakia and M’Baku. The rebel slave is named after legendary warrior T’Challa.

My Take:

Either in anticipation of the bevy of questions or because folks are reading reviews, Coates helped us out a bit this time. Especially helpful was the background information and profiles at the end of the issue. Now I can better engage with the story now that some things are clearer. I won’t pretend that everything is crystal, but this helps. I feel like the beginning of this issue gave me A New Hope vibes and T’Challa was Luke in his X-Wing. The art is magnificent, almost psychedelic.

It’s a masterpiece

We are also introduced to head of the empire N’Jadaka. I have a lot of questions about him. This again begs the question of how did we get to an empire? What kind of line of rulers has influenced this breed of Wakandans? I think my major gripe is that it plays like scenes of a movie with little exposition and just enjoying the ride. I need my comics to tell me things, drop hints for later, and connect me with people quickly. Coates is doing the exact opposite of everything he’s done before. I am intrigued by the ending and it’s connection to a local empire. So, I’m hanging close, but I need more than beautiful art and action. Like Nakia told T’Challa, “Everyone needs backup.”

The ruler of the Wakandan Galactic Empire

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Aaron Jones

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
If you were raised in a galaxy far, far away, how different would you be? I can only imagine for myself but I can definitely report that this Wakandan empire is not your utopia Black folks dream of. A slave named T’Challa had his memories stolen to be enslaved by the empire, he’s joined the Maroons to take them down. If the idea of “T’Challa Skywalker” and “Darth Panther” give you a rise, you need to pick up this relaunch and stay tuned for more.
Good
  • The art is the best part of this series so far
  • The end is intriguing and connects to some other Marvel empires
  • The end profiles are helpful, need more of it
Bad
  • It plays like a movie and I need to play like a comic and tell me things
7.2
Good
Art - 9
Writing - 7
Plot - 7
Character Development - 6
Fluidity from previous issue - 7
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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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