Mother…I Remember (Black Panther #12 Comic Review)

 

Black Panther #12 Review

Book 2: The Gathering of My Name

 

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Penciled by: Jen Bartel

Layouts by: Kris Anka

Colored by: Triona Farrell

Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Daniel Acuña

Variant Cover Artists: Heyjin Im

Previously on Black Panther…

T’Challa and some of the other Maroons are working alongside Rebels from the planet Agwe and Rebel spy within N’Jadaka’s empire, General Achebe. They have also gotten a hold of the Emperor’s daughter, Zenzi, who is being possessed by the panther goddess Bast. Oh and did I mention that the goddess is pissed? She is ruthless and looking to tip the scales in favor of the rebels against the emperor. N’Jadaka stole the power of the Orisha and Bast plans to return the memories of T’Challa.

My Take

One of the strongest aspects of Coates on Black Panther is his interweaving of the history of Wakandan lore. In this issue, we are treated to the remembering of T’Challa. From the home of Wakandan memory, Djalia, T’Challa recovers his memory and he recounts many elders and also his own birth mother, N’Yami. Coates shows us a very different side of our Wakandan King, one of vulnerability, artfully hidden beneath his austere exterior. This is both refreshing and jarring.

They say heavy is the head that wears the crown. This issue shows how the heavy burden brought about his current condition. But there is more to discover about what happened after T’Challa and Manifold left Shuri for space. I love the subtle connections to the Shuri book but can’t wait for the inevitable convergence. I’m not really sold on the side story of Achebe and Farouk’s plan with the M’Kraan crystal but only time will tell. The art is beautiful and eye-catching. The more traditional comic art fits well with the story at this point. Acuna is masterful but the panels and faces tell the story in a way I’m used to.

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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
Uh oh. They call T’Challa, “The one who put the knife where it belonged.” Now he actually remembers where it belongs. The Goddes Bast restores T’Challa’s memories and we get a glimpse into his feelings about being King, about his responsibility to his nation, and even his feelings about his mother. Plus, the Maroons have a plan for N’Jadaka, will it work? Who knows. But pick up the next issue of Black Panther and see what the plan is and what T’Challa’s been remembering.
Good
  • T’Challa’s inner thoughts are a gift and a curse.
  • The art is beautiful
  • Wakandan history is always fun
Bad
  • T’Challa’s inner thoughts are a gift and a curse.
9
Amazing
Art - 10
Writing - 9
Plot - 9
Character Development - 9
Fluidity from previous issue - 8
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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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