Black Panther #7 Review
Book 2: The Gathering of My Name
Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penciled by: Kev Walker
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Daniel Acuña
Variant Cover Artists: Kev Walker; Marko Djurdjevic; Richard Isa Nove
Previously on Black Panther…
Some spoilers for Black Panther #6
An interlude leads us to learn more about the Emperor of the Wakandan Galactic Empire, N’Jadaka. He meets with the Orisha, the Wakandan gods, specifically the mother of all, Bast. We learn the origin of his ascendance to power and his very strange symbiote-like powers. Everything takes a very interesting turn when he and Bast butt heads and engage in an epic battle. N’Jadaka bests Bast and claims her power, making him all the more dangerous.
The story is advancing much more quickly this time around now in Book 2. Coates is pushing us closer and closer towards the inevitable battle between T’Challa and Emperor N’Jadaka. More so than before, I feel that Coates is pushing the action towards this inevitability. In the first few issues of the arc, the story was dragging a bit. Now, I get the impression that we are actually going somewhere. It is more of a quick mention that the M’Kraan crystal has assisted them in infiltrating the empire’s Pleasure ship but it’s a major turning point. It took us 7 issues to get here but we are here. Now that the Emperor has overcome Bast, what will this final battle look like? I’m excited to see. I loved Acuña’s art but he had a particular color scheme and I like the opportunity to explore other colors and the range that provides with Kev Walker. This is issue is straight and to the point. I love the restructured characters that we have gotten to know and the journey of rediscovery they are on. They want to reclaim a piece of themselves and I can appreciate that. Hopefully, the final battle does not disappoint because the buildup is continually raising my expectations of what it will be in this final battle.