Black Panther #16 Review
Book 3: Two Thousands Seasons
Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penciled by: Daniel Acuña
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Daniel Acuña & Cafu
Previously on Black Panther…
Finally, it is the celebrated return of the triumphant king to his home, Wakanda Prime! Only the story in between the jubilant cover is much more somber than you would think. T’Challa is still coming to grips with the lives lost and trillions of lives yet to save. He knows that the work is not over which puts a damper on the welcome party of Ororo and Shuri. Somehow, he may feel that something is not right and that there is a disturbance in the balance of things. The battle is not over and N’Jadaka, the emperor with god-like powers, is here.
There are several awesome moments in this issue that I really enjoyed. Also, there is a moment that will shake the Wakanda-verse to its core if it comes to pass. In the words of Obi-Wan, “I felt a great disturbance in the force.” This relaunch since the beginning has felt like Black Star Wars. And in similar fashion the return of the evil Emperor has alerted the Wakandan resistance forces. They don’t know he’s here exactly but they recognize an “anomaly.” While the battle for good and evil is similar, there are differences. Emperor N’Jadaka is possessing folks to make his moves around the continent, even the familiar “frenemy” of the King,
Changamire. Plus, there is a course of action the King must take, that his sister opposes and his deceased mother from the Djalia (home of Wakanda memory) is pushing hard. It is very interesting to see the opposing views of T’Challa and Shuri but I think it paints Shuri in a not-so-good light unnecessarily. But I do like that T’Challa’s mother N’Yami puts her in her place and sets T’Challa on his way.
My favorite moment in the book is again, not a T’Challa moment nor a Shuri moment but a Storm moment. Our turbulent goddess is becoming quite essential to the functioning of this book. Her few pages of battling the Imperial fighters was awesome. And this is not only because of her romantic connection to T’Challa but because she is a force to be reckoned with. As usual the art of Acuña is intense, vibrant, and regal. Few artists would not be able to convey the gravity of the situation that Acuña can. The story is still compelling and interesting but I am ready for the battle. This final battle between T’Challa and N’Jadaka is approaching. From the final pages, it seems it may have taken a turn for the worse for the King.