Wakanda is at Peace, T’Challa is not (Black Panther #15 Comic Review)

 

Black Panther #15 Review 

Book 3: Two Thousand Seasons

 

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Penciled by: Daniel Acuña

Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Cover Artist: Daniel Acuña

Variant Cover Artists: Ryan Benjamin & Rain Beredo

Previously on Black Panther…

The armada of the Emperor of Galactic Wakanda, N’Jadaka faces off with the Maroons to retrieve his Bast-possessed daughter. Meanwhile, the rebel legion plan to blow 

away the emperor and his horde as he gets close to the planet Agwe. The evacuation of the planet population has to be cut short because time has gotten away from them and this is their only chance to topple the empire. Wakanda’s true king with a recovered memory reunites briefly with his family and it’s about time he returns home. 

My Take

Acuña tricked me. The cover beautifully illustrates this celebratory moment where T’Challa, the lost King, triumphantly returns home. I think that concept fuels the swerve that this issue ends with. Just when you thought the battle was over, it is not. The story is the opposite of rejoicing, it’s brooding. Acuña skillfully paints the pages dark and full of shadows. When tone matches art, I can’t get enough. Coates has had us on a roller coaster with this relaunch from the beginning. It moved with action and beautiful strokes and few words to an all-out war for the memories of the Nameless. Now that the battle is “over” and T’Challa is returning home, the end is bittersweet. T’Challa starts with having the awkward break-up with Nakia, him not quite accepting that he even needs to return since there’s been so much peace in Wakanda Prime, and him not even enjoying his reunion with Ororo to take a call with Manifold to check-in.

“I am not there yet.” – T’Challa

It is an interesting twist that although the King’s memory has returned, he can’t quite go back to the way things were before he left. According to T’Challa, he can’t get over the TRILLIONS (yes, with a T), that are still without names and without a proper leader. I guess the reward of wading through the silence and confusion of the first issues to now to make T’Challa an even more thought-provoking character. He has always been tethered to responsibility that he was born with but now, it’s even more than that. I guess that’s why they say, “Ignorance is bliss.” T’Challla obviously knows too much about the horrors N’Jadaka wreaked on those galaxies. The twist is a half suprise. I knew it couldn’t have been over but Coates perfectly placed the reveal. I’m waiting for more!

 

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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
The big battle is “over,” last issue, the Mackendal blew up the spot! The question is now what will T’Challa will do. This issue displays his return to Wakanda Prime and reunites with his sister, Shuri, and his beloved, Ororo. There’s much more to do because there’s no happy ending in sight for “The One Who Puts the Knife Where it Belongs.”
Good
  • Art is flawless and matches tone
  • great pacing
  • I love a good twist, even if I kind of did see it coming
Bad
  • Nada
9.4
Amazing
Art - 10
Writing - 8
Plot - 9
Character Development - 10
Fluidity from previous issue - 10
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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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