We Remember Everything (Black Panther #22 Comic Review)

Black Panther #22 Review 

Book 4: Wakanda Unbound

 

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Penciled by: Daniel Acuña & Ryan Bodenheim 

Colored by: Daniel Acuña & Chris O’Halloran

Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Cover Art by: Daniel Acuña

Variant Cover Art by: Kaare Andrews

Previously on Black Panther…

The war is getting intense as the symbiote emperor N’Jadaka’s armada is on it’s way. We learn more about the background of the galactic Nakia and her history with the late Commander N’Yami. As well, N’Jadaka is having some turmoil with the symbiote and the body he inhabits. Tension is felt all around and a great sacrifice is made to buy time before the galactic forces breach the gateway toward Earth. 

Bast talking with the enemy Zenzi

Bast chatting it up

My Take

I enjoyed this issue but not as much as the last issue. First, I am glad that we return to a T’Challa focused issue but with one minor annoyance. The art is awesome as T’Challa battles his royal ancestors. The color and the action pieces are some of the best of Acuña’s work. It’s use in the Djalia portion makes the section ethereal. I also enjoyed the combination of Bodenheim’s art for the beginning and end. The art is much more anchored and lines finer within N’Jadaka’s ship. Also, I enjoyed the shift to T’Challa. I enjoy the cast of characters and their entertaining reactions to the larger plot and subplots. Unfortunately, the supporting cast focus often makes T’Challa’s story take a backseat. As I said, the battle sequences are graceful and entertaining. However, the flaws he must answer to, are very familiar. From the previous run to the point of his memories returning, T’Challa questions his leadership. The King must sacrifice a lot to “be the nation,” very similar to his father T’Chaka. But how much can T’Challa suffer? How many times and to whom next, will he have to prove his leadership capability? What saves us from this redundancy is the outcome. The turn and twist that results from his victory gives us an incredibly memorable line. “We have discovered nothing, but we remember everything.” It echoes what happens in Djalia, the ancestors knew T’Challa is a champion as well as a king, and they must humble T’Challa by remembering his missteps. As well as T’Challa reminding them who he knows he is. That is king. In the last few pages, the whole issue is saved and Coates does it again. 

T'Challa in the land of the ancestors

That purple is everywhere

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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
The battle continues but this time in the Djalia, plane of Wakandan memory. T’Challa battles his ancestors to gain the strength to topple the symbiote emperor N’Jadaka. What’s N’Jadaka’s state of mind? How is Bast helping the war effort? How can the vast galactic empire be defeated? Learn more about the next steps when you pick up this exciting issue.
Good
  • Acuna art was awesome in Djalia
  • The turn at the end was great
Bad
  • Some of the T'Challa's battle was a little redundant
8.4
Great
Art - 10
Writing - 8
Plot - 8
Character development - 8
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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