Monday, January 17, 2011
Black Panther #514
Gosh, I love this comic. I'm a Black Panther fan already, but wow. David Liss' take on T'Challa is just fantastic. He's smart, tough, and capable. We knew all that, but what I hadn't seen in awhile is just how good a guy the Black Panther is. In his secret ID as a restaurant manager, BP has had some awesome lines, but this issue blew me away. There's a scene in this where he's sitting with his employees after closing talking about whether or not the busboy should ask a girl out on a date. Now that's a hero trying to stay connected to the people! Luke Cage sticks his nose in too; the highlight of that encounter is BP's narration about Cage's attempt at a bachelor party.
There are tons of nice personal moments like that, but don't worry, BP kicks butt in costume too. He and Vlad finally meet each other, and it's a great opening bout that actually makes both fighters look good, even though there is no final outcome.
Francesco Francavilla's art is a revelation. Black Panther looks AWESOME. The heavy use of shadows and darkness are perfect for the character. It shocks me to say this, but this is shaping up to be just as good a BP story as I've ever read.