Not Today, Villain. Not Ever. (Black Panther #17 Comic Review)

Black Panther #17 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

Previously on Black Panther…

There is a disturbance in the force, I mean, there’s an anomaly in Wakanda. The returned Wakandan King, T’Challa knows something is off and that there is a storm yet to come since the “defeat” of the galactic empire. So disturbed is the “Orphan King” that he and Shuri, consult his deceased mother N’Yami. And the remedy to the far-off empire would require a great sacrifice, that T’Challa must decide upon for the future of all of his nation. Simultaneously, the former Emperor and his symbiote take on new life inside Changamire and find new allies in the Wakanda Prime rebels, Zenzi and Tetu. 

Black Panther, Okoye, M'Baku, and Shuri Standing together battle ready

Battle ready

My Take

There are several moments that I liked in this issue.  As usual the art and colors are stunning. I also enjoyed the moment where Storm and Nakia have a Barbara and Shirley, “Woman to Woman” moment. You really should listen to this song. It’s dope. I have no idea why, but I chuckled and I thought it was an entertaining moment. Lastly, probably my favorite part was only a panels long. It was when Okoye pops off and says there must be a spy. Not only did she change the whole tenor of the conversation but also, it was abrupt and showed a level of frustration with the situation that I shared. When are they going to find out what is going on?! Or rather admit what they think may be going on.  

3 comic panels with Storm and Nakia

Woman to woman, this is how I feel…

A couple of annoyances related to our main villain and his motivations. This issue finds N’Jadaka, the former emperor of the galactic empire, thought dead, possessing Changamire and seeking out the original Killmonger’s body in Niganda. Ok. Why? What is his overall plan? Why does he need that body? And how did he know to go find that body? You can say, he merged with some of the folks he’s possessed and used their knoweldge but that doesn’t really explain anything. That’s an inference not something that’s been explained in the story. We are moving towards a battle between T’Challa and N’Jadaka but they haven’t even been face-to-face in the last 16 issues. Coates is well-known for building suspense and playing the long game. Well, I need to see some returns and know what’s going on. Thought you were going to find out this issue? Not today. 

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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 former emperor has made some new friends and he is off to find a new but oh-so familiar body. T’Challa senses something is wrong and consults with his closest confidants and even the Goddess Bast. It’s about to go down and the battle for Wakanda continues but this time, the battlefield has some very interesting and powerful opponents. Check out the ongoing battle with T’Challa and his wayward cousins from a far off galaxy, in this issue available now.
Good
  • The art is still good
  • Storm and Nakia, woman to woman
  • Okoye, popping off as usual
Bad
  • Why Killmonger???
6.8
Fair
Art - 8
Writing - 7
Plot - 6
Character Development - 5
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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