Black Panther #6 Review
Book 1: Many Thousands Gone part 6
Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penciled by: Jen Bartel
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Daniel Acuña
Variant Cover Artists: Steve Epting & Frank D’Armata
Previously on Black Panther…
Some spoilers for Black Panther #5
After a 5 year jump in time, we find slightly suicidal T’Challa alone in the snow. Later, Nakia finds him. They parted ways since M’Baku took over and made efforts at hiding from the dangerous Empire. Nakia shows T’Challa a recording from the late Captain N’Yami, who acknowledges T’Challa as the long-lost champion they need to turn the tides. After a heated discussion, T’Challa decides the running must end and he must claim who he is and rejoin the fight.
Not only is the art of this issue immensely different than what we’ve been used to in the last 5 issues but as well, the tenor is changed. Coates focuses this issue on the Emperor of the Wakandan Galactic Empire, N’Jadaka. In the previous arc, the Wakandan gods, the Orisha, were missing but they are here alive and well and speaking to the emperor. Is this connected? Only time will tell. We learn of his N’Jadaka’s rise to power and the symbiote-like powers he acquired. The epic battle between him and Bast was a measured dance. I didn’t see the end coming and it was great. Acuña has been doing an excellent job but the change of pace alerts us to a massive change in the story. Bartel is a great bridge between him and Kev Walker, the artist for the next arc. Acuña has a particular color pattern but this issue and required the colors of the Orisha to live on their own. Well, a put-together issue that establishes some motivation for the emperor and the decisively sets the stage for the battle to come.