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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.

My Take

 

N’Jadaka and his family ties

Steady…

 

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.

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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
We are inching closer and closer to the showdown between the emperor and the Maroons. It’s an all-new artist, all-new direction for Coates’ run of Black Panther. The suspense is killing me! We learn some more secrets about our good friend, Emperor N’Jadaka. Meanwhile, utilizing some spies, M’Baku and T’Challa make major headway in taking down the Empire. Pick up this issue to see where are in the T’Challa’s journey to regain his memory. Take a look at Black Panther #7 today!
Good
  • Learning yet another side of N’Jadaka
  • Battle is on the horizon and I’m ready for it
  • Nakia is clutch
Bad
  • Nothing major
8.6
Great
Art - 9
Writing - 9
Plot - 9
Character Development - 9
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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