Black Panther #4 Review
Book 1: Many Thousands Gone part 4
Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penciled by: Daniel Acuna
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Daniel Acuña
Variant Cover Artists: Pasqual Ferry & Chris Sotomayor
Previously on Black Panther…
Nakia and N’Yami discuss what is it about this T’Challa? This newest bearer of the name meaning, “He Who Put the Knife Where it Belonged,” is special. Meanwhile, the battle continues between the rebels, The Maroons and the Galactic Empire of Wakanda. This time, the empire takes the battle to the hideout of the Maroons on their Moonbase Cudjoe, interrupting a conversation between T’Challa and Nakia about their next moves. T’Challa is on a quest to regain his memories but first he and team are going to fight against a new and improved Manifold.
Coates is building up to an interesting turn. The art and the colors are awe-inspiring. There aren’t a lot of books with art like this clouds and lasers of various bright colors. Acuña is doing an incredible job. The jumbled mess of the battles are a beautiful tapestry of bright pastels. Storywise, T’Challa is still raging into battle with reckless abandon, a one-man wrecking crew. At the center of the story and of our interest, T’Challa displays powers that set him apart from other Maroons. He even personally spurns the ire of the Emperor N’Jadaka. But why him specifically?
At the beginning it was difficult to connect with the others but this issue changes that. After a serious sacrifice by one of named Nameless, we see a shift that will open up conversations in our next issue. Also, Manifest does some serious damage against the team and shows himself a formidable enemy. I’m intrigued by what potentially lies ahead and the ensuing battle between T’Challa and N’Jadaka. My only nagging point for this issue is that we are in need of some new scenery for our heroes. Hopefully, travel is in our future, as Coates reveals at the tail end of the issue, a map of the five galaxies of the empire.