Sunday, February 11, 2018

TEX'S BACK-ISSUE QUEST EPISODE 63 (Black Panther)



Hello fellow Questers!!!

    I am BACK! And just like you, I'm excited for the release of Black Panther, that going to hit theaters and shock the world this week! As you know, Chadwick Boseman debuted as Marvel's Black Panther back in 2016 in the blockbuster hit, Captain America: Civil War and the MCU has never been the same! Boseman is a multi-talented actor and playwright and has shown that he is indeed the PERFECT choice to bring Black Panther, one of Marvel's greatest and most versatile superheroes, to the big screen. If you haven't seen Boseman's powerful performances in 42, Marshall, Get On Up, and Message From The King, I would advise that you check these out ASAP.

   Black Panther burst onto the scene in July of 1966 is this legendary issue of Fantastic Four:


Above, is my copy of Fantastic Four #52 which features the very first appearance of T'Challa, The Black Panther, created by the magical team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! The Fantastic Four are sent a flying vehicle (the Magnetic Wave Rider), a gift from the ruler of Wakanda, a mysterious and prosperous African nation. The Fantastic Four take the invitation, arriving only to be defeated one after another by a mysterious masked man, dressed in a black Panther Habit (note: "habit" is an archaic term for "dress,"  "clothing" or "outfit"). 

This Silver-Age key showcases not only the first appearance of the Black Panther, but it also features the first appearances of Wakanda, Wakandan vibranium (in the mesh of the Panther Habit), the Heart-Shaped Herb, the Techno-Organic Jungle and the Panther Habit and Idol.

Next...



It's my copy of Fantastic Four #53!! It features the second appearance of the Black Panther! It also features the first appearance of Ulysses Klaw and his Sonic Disruptor, as well as the first actual appearance and mention of Wakandan vibranium outside of the Panther Habit. In a flashback, we also see the first appearance of T'Challa's father, T'Chaka.

And then...





Here are my copies of Black Panther vol 1, #1 and #2, written and drawn by none other than the Late, Great, Jack Kirby! In these issues, a mysterious collector named Mr. Little convinces T'Challa to accompany him on a quest to gain an ancient, powerful artifact that T'Challa's grandfather, Azzuri the Wise, once possessed. This brings T'Challa into a deadly confrontation with Princess Zanda, a collector of rare artifacts, and the highly-skilled ruler of the African nation, Narobia. 

All this might be great, but maybe new comics fans are asking themselves just who is The Black Panther? No, he has nothing to do with the revolutionary Black Panther Party (BPP) that was born in the late 1960s. I mention this because there are groups on the internet who are railing against a movie titled, "Black Panther," decrying it as racist, divisive and on and so forth. It's obvious that these people are not comics fans, have no idea of who Black Panther is, nor do they know that Black Panther's creators were two men of Jewish descent, the much beloved Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, pioneers of the Marvel Universe. 

The Black Panther is actually a title passed down for thousands of years to the chief of the Panther Tribe, one of several tribes in the futuristically advanced fictional African nation of Wakanda. The Black Panther Tribe is the ruling party and its chief is naturally the ruler of the nation. T'Challa is the current, and arguably greatest, Black Panther, taking both the throne and the title after the death of his father, T'Chaka. Although the title is hereditary, it must be earned - the candidate must defeat Wakanda's greatest warriors in combat and successfully pass many nearly impossible trials to prove himself worthy of the throne and title of Wakanda's most powerful and fearsome protector. Wakanda must always come first in the heart of the Black Panther, as outsiders will always seek to take its greatest natural resource: the priceless alien metal that can only be found on Earth in one place: Wakanda (A meteor made of vibranium crashed in now what is called Wakanda in a prehistoric age). This is why Wakanda remained hidden for so long, and why it is a closed nation.

T'Challa is a very different Black Panther from those before him. He is more open to some of the outside world, and much less fearful of its influence and dangers. Educated in the best universities in the world, well-traveled, and cultured, T'Challa has made several close friends and allies outside of Wakanda, including people like Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil and Blue Marvel. His intellect is beyond genius level in several disciplines, his tactical genius is possibly unparalleled in the MCU (nod to Captain America). He is a supremely skilled hunter, tracker, fighter, strategist, scientist, inventor, and politician. Add to this the powers conferred upon him by the Heart-Shaped Herb and the Wakandan Panther God (the combined knowledge of all Black Panthers before him, enhanced speed, durability, strength healing, reflexes agility, superhuman senses, etc) and, in short, T'Challa is, without a doubt, one of the MOST dangerous men in the Marvel Universe. On to the FUN FACTS!!


FUN FACT 1: Black Panther's name predates the founding of the Black Panther party by more than 2 months. The character was even briefly called the Black Leopard to avoid any connection to the Black Panther Party. 

FUN FACT 2: There was a Black Panther Battalion, the all-African-American 761st Tank Battalion, that served during WWII. Although not permitted to serve beside white troops, the battalion fought valiantly, earning the Presidential Unit Citation. There is even a recipient of the Medal of Honor among the men of the battalion. The most well-known member is the 761st, was First Liutenant Jack Robinson, whom the world would one day come to know as the baseball icon, Jackie Robinson.

FUN FACT 3: One of the names that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby came up with for the character was Coal Tiger. It wasn't used. However, the name was later used for an alternate reality version of T'Challa, and for his son in the now-defunct MC2 universe. 

FUN FACT 4: A derivative of Wakandan vibranium appeared in Daredevil vol 1, #13 as Anti-Metal. 

FUN FACT 5: Black Panther being the first black/black African superhero is a fact that I like to dispute. I like to think that honor belongs to Lothar, best friend and partner to Mandrake the Magician who first appeared in 1934:



Lothar was "The Prince of Seven Nations" in Africa and definitely the strongest man on the planet. He performed great feats of superhuman strength, which, in my opinion, makes him the first black/black African superhero. He and Mandrake are the first interracial superhero team, and Lothar was the first black person to be treated seriously in comics. Lothar and Mandrake appeared beside Flash Gordon and The Phantom in the awesome 80s cartoon series, Defenders of the Earth:




FUN FACT 6: Black Panther and Storm of the X-Men were once married, and are still very much in love even though they are no longer married. The Wakandans are very fond of Storm. Talk about a power couple!




FUN FACT 7: Once T'Challa was injured and comatose so the title of Black Panther passed to his amazingly badass sister, Shuri, portrayed by Leticia Wright in the upcoming film:



FUN FACT 8: The Black Panther's all-female personal guard are called the Dora Milaje (The Adored Ones). They are some of the most highly-trained, lethal special ops soldiers on the planet and supremely dedicated to their king. 



In the film, Black Panther, the Dora Milaje will be portrayed by a host of ladies, including the talented Danai Gurira (of Walking Dead fame), and the stunning, captivating, intimidating Florence Kasumba:



FUN FACT 9: Black Panther has been in the hands of some good writers, but it wasn't until Christopher Priest got hold of him in Black Panther vol 3 that T'Challa really got his shine on. Priest added so much to The Black Panther mythos and the world of Wakanda, that most consider him to be the greatest Black Panther writer ever; however, celebrated author and intellectual, Ta-Nehisi Coates, is writing the current volume of Black Panther (vol 6), and he is expanding the Wakandan mythology, revealing civil unrest and even revolution, and showing T'Challa as embattled on all sides while he tries to evolve as a person, a hero, and a king, all while keeping his beloved Wakanda together. No doubt, Ta-Nehisi Coates can also be considered as arguably the greatest writer to pen Black Panther. Month after month, Black Panther (vol 6) is one of the best comics that Marvel publishes right now. 


FUN FACT 10: Matt Murdoch, one of T'Challa's closest friends, asked him to become Hell's Kitchen's guardian devil once. T'Challa became the lead hero of Daredevil in Daredevil #513 in 2011. Later, the title was changed to Black Panther: The Man Without Fear.

And now...Let's take a look at the film trailer!!




AAAAAH!!! I can't wait!! I have my daughter's ticket and mine! We are going to the special opening night fan event! And then I got us tickets for the NEXT NIGHT too!! So excited!! How do you feel about the upcoming Black Panther movie? Let me know in the comments! 

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Pull List Potpourri Jan 15, 2018




Hello brothers and sisters!!

    Welcome back to TEX's Comics Quest! I sure appreciate you dropping by to set a spell, and I surely appreciate your readership.

    Today, we delve into some more great comics from my pull list, Normandy Gold, and Postal! Let's GO!


Normandy Gold #3 - #4: Gorgeous, rural sheriff, Normandy Gold, is far more than meets the eye. She ran away from a tough situation at home as a teen and drifted for a while. She's seen the worst of life and how to survive it. When she met the man who'd become a surrogate father to her, a highly skilled, honestly religious, small-town sheriff, she had no idea that one day she'd end up on the right side of the law, first as a deputy, then, after the murder of her surrogate father, a sheriff. But the past has come reaching out for Normandy. Her baby sister has been murdered in Washington, D.C. - a big city, filled with filthy political intrigue. Since her sister was a high-priced escort, the cops are turning a blind eye...But Normandy wants an eye for an eye. She's out for justice, and she's willing to do anything to get it - even work as an escort in the same illicit company as her sister in order to track down her sister's killer. Normandy's surrogate father taught her to hunt and track both animals and men, and Normandy is the best at what she does...But in a city filled with powerful, corrupt men, will the predator become the prey?

     Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin pen this hard-boiled revenge tale that has one foot planted firmly in the exploitation genre. This used to be male writers' domain, but Abbott and Gaylin have taken a page out of the boys' playbook and they are running the ball hard to the end-zone. Normandy Gold walks in the footsteps of trailblazers like Tamara Dobson in Cleopatra Jones, or the ever-amazing Pam Grier in Coffy, and she's doing it very well. Abbott and Gaylin have laid out a tightly-written, dark storyline with a lot of twists and turns leading to something a whole lot bigger than just the murder of Normandy's sister. Every time you think you know what's going on, another clue takes the reader and Normandy deeper into a bigger, more corrupt world that threatens to swallow the protagonist whole - But Normandy is no one's meal. This is an unapologetically violent and sexually charged detective story. It is NOT for kids, nor those of tender dispositions. Steve Scott lays down lavish, sensual pencils that capture the eye, panel after panel, page after page - and he even uses some familiar faces to craft his characters, which is pretty cool. So far, I've recognized Robert Redford and Sam Elliott. Nice. Titan Comics' crime new imprint, Hard Case Crime, has really pulled out all the stops with this crime/thriller.

RATING: 9 out of 10



Postal #22 - #23: Years ago, Eden, Wyoming was founded by a psychopath named Isaac Shiffron as a  secret place where society's worst could get a second chance. Isaac ruled with a hand harder and more unbending than iron and was deposed by the only woman he loved, Laura, who nearly succeeded in killing him. Now, more than twenty years later, Isaac is back and he's building an army to take back his town, an army headed by an extremely dangerous ex-FBI agent who is possibly more insane than Isaac himself. Standing against him is Laura, his ex-wife, now mayor of Eden, a woman who has evolved into a bit of a monster in her own right. And then there's Mark. Mark is Laura's and Isaac's son and acting postmaster of Eden...But he's so much more. Even though Mark suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, his mind is as sharp, active, and coldly calculating as the minds of his parents. And by Mark's side is Maggie, an assuming waitress in Eden, a beautiful woman who has captured Mark's heart, as he has captured hers...A woman who hides a darkness and steel that just might be the key to Eden's salvation or destruction. Together Mark and Maggie have beaten the worst of the worst, but Isaac's bringing his own personal Armageddon. It's time for Eden to meet its maker.

     Consistently, month after month, without fail, Bryan Hill delivers an AMAZING, offbeat narrative in Postal that is undeniably one of the best in comics today. What I mean to say unequivocally is that Postal is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best comics coming off the presses right now. Hill has built a strange, scary, hard, violent world in this series, a world that I can't stop visiting with my imagination, but a world that I would be LOATHE to live in. Hill's world is irresistible; it's populated with the most terrible, terrifying, intriguing people that one could ever imagine. The characters are all locked in a deadly serious power struggle that provides Postal with a heavy, ever-simmering tension that sometimes boils over into the most frightening ultra-violence. This kind of story, inhabited with these kinds of people cannot have a happy ending. None of them deserve it. And I can't tear myself away from watching the dreadful ending that is coming for them all, and in the process, I have learned to sympathize, even care for, some of these monsters that Hill has created...Which is weird. Isaac Goodheart's clean, straight-forward, beautiful pencils tell a story that is dark, sketchy and heavy. A very strange juxtaposition between the story and the artwork...But highly effective. Postal is coming to what I expect to be a beautiful trainwreck of an ending in issue #25, but I can live with that knowing that soon I will have the sordid pleasure of journeying to Eden through the auspices of Hulu. I can't wait for the TV adaptation! Listen. Go. Right now. Walk into your local comic store. Buy this series and read it. You can thank me later.

RATING: 10 out of 10. ENTHUSIASTICALLY!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Metapahase GN Review



Metaphase - A Graphic Novel from Alterna

     The Sentinel is Earth's greatest hero. He's taken on all comers and defeated them to keep the world safe...But he's never faced an enemy that struck more fear into his heart than Down Syndrome. The Sentinel is not just a hero, he's the father of a sweet, smart kid named Ollie. Ollie was born with Down Syndrome accompanied by congenital heart defects, so while The Sentinel protects the world, as Ollie's dad, he's made it his life's mission to protect Ollie from everything, especially himself. However, Ollie is bright, energetic, and imaginative - he longs to be a superhero like his father. In order to realize his dreams, Ollie takes a gamble that ends up making him directly responsible for the creation of a super-villain so powerful that both his father and the entire world are put in the gravest of danger...But, what can one, lone physically-challenged kid do against an evil so big and deadly? Ollie's about to remind the world that the courage to stand up for those who can't stand for themselves is the GREATEST super-power of all!

     Chip Reece pens this inspiring all ages adventure, Metapahase!! Chip Reece was an admin and writer for StashMyComics.com; however, when his son, Ollie, was born with Down Syndrome, Reece decided to do something about bringing some more diversity to the medium he loved, focusing on characters with disabilities. Well, he has done a stellar job with Metaphase which reads like good, old-fashioned, super-hero fare, and a love letter to comics and his son, Ollie. The comic is filled with tenderness as Reece moves forward with his own catharsis, pouring his heart into these glossy pages. Inside, we find a supremely able-bodied father distraught at the plight of his son, filled with love for his child, and gripped by the fear of what the future holds. We see a sweet, bright boy with an imagination that won't quit, limited by his own body, but more so by the overprotectiveness of his father. Like all kids who are growing up, Ollie takes a chance on his own that doesn't work out - but like the best of us, he's got no quit. He owns up to his mistake and sets about to make it right. Metaphase is a lot of fun to read, and best of all, it undoubtedly has a GREAT message about courage, perseverance, and inclusivity. Kelly Williams lays down some light, airy, cartoony pencils that make reading this book loads of fun. Alterna is a real up-and-comer that is putting out quality comics for more-than-reasonable prices - it's surely one to watch. Second printings of Metaphase are selling on some sites for more than $20, and the hard-to-find first printings are selling for insane prices. One seller is selling them for nearly $3,000!! SMH.

   Use your heads and buy one to share with your kids directly from Alterna here: METAPHASE, for the reasonable price of $9.99 plus shipping. 

RATING: 9 out of 10. Share it with your kids. You'll be glad you did. 


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Friday, January 12, 2018



G'day all, here are some new pick-ups i just received. Tex i have a picture of that Ghost Rider #25 pop-up for you.
Enjoy!

Ghost Rider #25 Pop-up center fold.



Chamber of Darkness #1, -F. October 1969.1st App: Headstone P. Gravely. This is my second copy & a better one at that. 😃



Chamber of Darkness #2, December 1969. VG+



Chamber of Darkness #5, F+. June 1970. Cover by Jack Kirby & Bill Everett. 




Chamber of Darkness Special #1, -VF. January 1972.  Reprints Chamber of Darkness #1-2.




Beware #1, -VF. March 1973. Reprints stories from Menace #8, Spellbound #16 & Tales of Suspense #27. Has one hell of a creepy depiction of a werewolf by John Romita Sr. "as seen below"








Monday, January 8, 2018

Pull List Potpourri Jan 8, 2018




No,

    You're eyes DO NOT deceive you, I'm back at it again, will some light reviews to help your comic-book groove!

     Let's get it:


1. Captain America (vol 1) #695-697: Years ago, in a small in the Midwest, Captain America took down Rampart, a white-supremacist terror group who were attempting to take an entire American county. Now, after the events of Secret Empire, the real Steve Rogers has returned. He carried the heavy burden of what his fascist counterpart did to the world, and he still feels like a man out of place and time. Captain America is on the road once more, getting out of his comfort zone, and getting to know the people of the country he holds so dear. But darkness is on the horizon - Rampart is on the move again and they want Captain America stopped once and for all. Captain America is the prey, but a mighty prey needs a mighty, ruthless hunter. Has Cap returned only to meet his final fate?

     One of the greatest Cap writers, Mark Waid, has returned to put Cap through his paces in his newest adventures! And it's back to business as usual, smashing Nazis (or Nazi-like baddies), protecting the weak and the innocent, and spouting those inspirational words we all need to hear. Marvel has taken Cap back to volume 1, which pretty much means you've got some good, old-fashioned, Cap that seems a bit neo-Bronze-Age-y with a light Silver Age aftertaste. Like in the early 100s (Cap #128, iirc) and 300's (#318, iirc) Cap takes the show on the road, and takes down super-villains in the hopes of finding himself as he discovers the new faces of his country. Sure, it's retraced steps, and sure, I think it's reactionary based on the whole hullaballoo surrounding bad Cap's Hydra turn in Secret Empire, but that's how life works, one movement initiates an oppositional movement and things swing back and forth. All that aside, it's good to see Steve back as the brooding, action-oriented, shining symbol with a heart of gold that we all know and love. And Chris Samnee's pencils are as clean and sure as Cap is in these stories, and they make the book absolutely pop. Let's hope all those "lifelong Cap fans" who were so upset about Secret Empire put their money where their mouths are and shell out those dollars to keep this volume of Cap in print for a very long time. It's on my pull list.

RATING: 10 out of 10.


2. Falcon (vol 2) #1-3: For years, his best friend was a traitor, a fascist and an Agent of Hydra. To Sam Wilson, The Falcon, Steve Rogers was the embodiment of the highest American ideals, and Sam's best friend, mentor, and brother-in-arms. Steve was the reason that Sam took the mantle of Captain America. But now, all that's gone. Sam has returned as The Falcon, determined to stand on his own, and do some good for his country in his own way. When Sam and his new protege, Rayshaun Lucas, The Patriot, decide to get hands-on with the gang violence that's burning down Chicago, they get more than they bargained for when they find a dark, malevolent, mystical hand at work. Can Doctor Voodoo help The Falcon save Chicago, or will the Falcon go down in eternal flames?

   Screenwriter and producer, Rodney Barnes, bursts onto the comics scene in Falcon!! Barnes' story is magnificent, relevant, and well-thought out. He offers no easy super-solution to the crime and violence on the streets. He doesn't condone, nor any offer excuses for the ones that commit evil against their fellow man. What Barnes does is offer us a troubled hero who won't let his fears and pain consume him, a hero who genuinely just wants to do some good, and help others to find a way to do the same, despite the dirt, violence, and crime in which they find themselves. In spite of the suffering, the discrimination, and the undeserved hate and fear, Sam Wilson is a hero that gets his hands dirty and gets down to where folks are living. He never gives up. I can surely dig that. He's going to need ALL the fight he can muster to take on the supernatural fiend he's facing. Barnes has also set Sam up with an AWESOME supporting cast in Jericho Drumm (Doctor Voodoo) and The Patriot, both of whom provide diverse personalities, methods, and ranges of experience to the book, along with light urban-style humor that just gets me smiling. I don't know who Joshua Cassara is, but the guy has talent. His pencils are heavy, kinetic and refined. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Nick Spencer made me a Sam Wilson fan; Rodney Barnes is making me LOVE the character. This book is lit!

RATING: 10 out of 10.


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Action Figure Video



Hello Brothers and Sisters!!!

    Ol' Tex, here. Since I had the day off, I got a little crazy and decided to take an absolutely terrible video of my little action figure collection. 😆

    I hope it brings a smile to your face. Enjoy!







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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pull List Potpourri Jan. 6, 2018





Happy New Year!!!

    Whatever your ethnicity, your religion, your color or creed, your nationality or point of origin, your sexuality or lack thereof, I would like to wish you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous (whatever this means to you) New Year!!!

    I have finally found a bit of time to catch up on my comics reading! YAY!!! So, I thought that I'd gather myself and drop a little Pull-List Potpourri for y'all...So, let's skin this smoke-wagon!!!


1. Victor LaValle's Destroyer issues #4 - #6: Frankenstein's monster has returned, cutting a murderous swath through humanity on his quest to avenge himself on the last remaining heir to the Frankenstein legacy, a brilliant scientist who has used her ancestor's knowledge along with her own technological razzle-dazzle, to resurrect her murdered son. But Frankenstein's monster is not the only one who is hunting this fugitive family: The research conglomerate that she once worked for wants them as well...They seek to possess the new life form that her son is becoming...And a powerful, estranged family member is leading the charge!

Seasoned sci-fi writer, Victor LaValle, is giving Mary Shelley's classic a new, high-tech, high-octane, emotionally-charged and socially relevant twist. This book cleverly asks not only what makes a monster, but it also makes the reader question if those who make monsters are just as much to blame, if not more so, for the atrocities that the monster commits. LaValle also points out that most people are quite comfortable with monsters and atrocities, as long as they can be controlled or contained, and are not aimed at us. These last few books are action-packed with great dialogue and cool artwork that is just a bit stiff, but quite effective for the tale.

RATING: 8 out of 10



2. Spider-Man (vol 2, 2016), issues 20, 21, 234-236:  Miles Morales has had it. He's done his best to live up to Peter Parker's legacy, but he's gotten nothing but heartache, and his family has been torn apart. Miles decides to take some time off, so he heads to Japan for a little R&R, and to find himself. What he finds is trouble, with a capital "T". Miles stumbles into a plan to take down the biggest techno gangster in Japan, a plan headed up by a shadowy figure who desires to bring Miles into the dark, dangerous world of international espionage. That is if a supposedly deceased relative from Miles' past who is heading up a new Sinister Six doesn't kill Miles first.

Superstar writer, Brian Michael Bendis, is on fire in this volume of Spider-Man. Since issue #1, he's really brought Miles into his own and extracted him from Peter Parker's shadow, even working with Nick Spencer to give Miles a pivotal role in the Secret Empire event/arc. Now Bendis really lays it on, spicing up Miles's powers as he ages, seemingly moving away from the Spider-identity and hopeful into something new and all his own...Something maybe kinda James Bond-esque. I DIG IT!! The story is tight, and Bendis still has a sparkling gift for dialogue. I hope the writer who takes over when Bendis leaves (Bendis now belongs exclusively to DC), continues down this interesting path. Artists, Nico Leon and Oscar Bazaldua are on point, consistently making this book a great pleasure to look at with clean, simple lines, and high-energy action.

RATING 9 out of 10



3. Black Panther (vol 6), issues 17, 18, 166-168: Wakanda is in danger. The newly emerging constitutional monarchy is besieged on every side. The Orisha (Wakandan gods) have seemingly disappeared, leaving room for a heretic to subvert the people to a new, unknown god which is dividing the kingdom. Magical portals have begun to appear all over Wakanada, spilling out ancient bloodthirsty beings upon the people. One of T'Challa's oldest friends, Asira, has been kidnapped by a cabal of T'Challa's enemies who seek to topple him from the throne, and they have given Asira to Azania, a rival, hostile country. However, The Panther does not stand alone - friends, rivals, warriors, and subjects all unite to stand at his side to quell the coming tide. But a dark and distant past is returning to wreak vengeance upon Wakanda, attacking the very heart of what the country believes itself to be - can Wakanda survive the onslaught of violence and heartbreaking self-knowledge? And if it does, what will the new nation become?

Celebrated author and luminary, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has expanded upon and deepened the character and mythology of Black Panther and of Wakanda during his run on this volume of Black Panther, which, in my opinion, is the best I have ever seen.  From Wakanda's history to its gods to its internal workings, struggle, and intrigue, Coates has brought Wakanda alive in a way that no writer has ever done before and filled it with captivating supporting characters that keep my eyes glued to the panels even when T'Challa is not present. The storyline is just so intricate, yet so filled to the brim - just when it seems that T'Challa has put out one fire, we see that several are beginning to smolder and another is a full-on, five-alarm emergency! T'Challa wears all the hats: king, politician, protector, enforcer, covert ops director, son, brother, friend, warrior - Coates has created an environment where EVERYTHING that T'Challa's is can shine, and all his flaws are also exposed, challenged and overcome. I don't know that there is any comic out right now that is better than Black Panther. From Brian Stelfreeze to Chris Sprouse to Leonard Kirk, this book is the consistently one of the best-illustrated books, month after month. Black Panther vol 6, is simply one of the best, most intricately woven, most thought-provoking superhero comics being published today.

RATING: 10 out of 10

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