Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #1
Written by: Jim Zub
Penciled by: Lan Medina
Colored by: Marcio Menyz
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Jorge Molina
Variant Cover Artists: Inhyuk Lee; John Buscema & David McCaig; Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho; Yoon Lee
The Low Down
In the wake of the dissolution of SHIELD and Black Panther taking on the chairmanship of the Avengers, the world needed a covert force to support the superheroic work of the Avengers. In Avengers #12, a few months shy of a year ago, Jason Aaron introduced the Agents of Wakanda, this group led by Director Okoye, does what the Avengers cannot and should not. The team in that issue was comprised of Gorilla-Man, Ka-Zar, the Original Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), American Eagle, Broo, Man-Wolf, Dr. Nemesis, and Fat Cobra. This rag-tag group took on space vampires and a dangerous covert mission to Atlantis. The King of Wakanda and his team are ready for whatever down and dirty mission there is.
The new chair of the Avengers and King of Wakanda is an intense, stoic and calculated leader. In his forethought, like many other superhero leaders in the past, he has put together a group of complicated and often-conflicting characters. I enjoy the tension that comes from team building. It seems real. Also, it showcases some of the clashes but also synergies of the team dynamic. Okoye, Wasp, Man-Wolf, and Fat Cobra interact hilariously. The action is solid and the art is great, as Lub put it, it “…strikes that perfect balance between modern and classic without ever losing the strength of the storytelling.” I love the blurred effects and crisp action. The battles to come will have more aliens and a surprising villain. All in all, I think it has some good potential. I wonder how this ensemble will run together. I hope that I can learn more about them and how they work best together.