Black Panther #11 Review
Book 2: The Gathering of My Name
Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penciled by: Kev Walker
Inked by: Marc Deering
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Daniel Acuña
Variant Cover Artists: Rahzzah
Previously on Black Panther…
I’m so glad to be back in business reviewing one of my favorite Marvel characters. And there has been a lot going since last I reviewed. We learned a lot more about the Emperor N’Jadaka, his family, and his power. Next, the Maroons got T’Challa back on the wagon and we can smell the final battle approaching. N’Jadaka somehow overpowers and steals some of the Goddess Bast’s powers and is on a mean streak to find “The Who Puts the Spear Where it Belongs” aka T’Challa. Also, we’ve been getting to know some different subjects of the Wakandan empire, General N’Yami’s people the Teku Maza. The conflict also involves the Jengu, a whale-like creature that is their spiritual mother. And it may hold the key to getting back the memories and uniting everyone against N’Jadaka.
The story approaching what I believe is the “endgame.” The resistance has grown another set of allies to advance against the Emperor and I am excited for the coming battle. The interactions between all the characters at this point is interesting. Who can we trust, how many secrets will make themselves known. Hard truths become harder when they have been plucked from your psyche or withheld from your reach. But even when hidden, when you hear the truth, it is very familiar. This is evident as Manifold talks about the half-truths that disguise another world of Wakanda, one that is not war-torn but actually peaceful. I understand the reality of not trusting folks like Manifold, but how will Bast reveal to everyone the truth so they can build trust and get moving?
Also, I love Bast’s personality and am ready for her to let loose a bit in coming issues. All in all, I love where the story is heading, a health conclusion but another set of worlds to play around with that can hold and captivate. It is my hope we continue to learn about characters like Farouk and others in relation to Wakanda Prime (my term). The art is stunning along with the bright colors. It is a lot brighter and even more hopeful than previous issues, no dig to Acuna’s style (which is a different kind of masterpiece). Also, no spoilers but the end reminds me of this Ghostface Killah song with Ne-Yo, “Back Like that.” Was it that easy along?