Thursday, November 17, 2011

Black Panther #525

Man, the Marvel street books are some of the most riveting on the stands right now. David Liss delivers yet another brilliant comic, again showing how skilled the Panther is, but he doesn’t short-change the villains either. BP is on the run for most of this comic, dragging along a wounded Wakandan citizen (who still calls him “king” in a nice touch). Things are tough enough while BP is facing down a crew of Hand ninjas, but they’re just the warm-up.

The two ladies on the cover do show up; Lady Bullseye is tough enough on her own, but when Typhoid Mary shows up, BP is overwhelmed. Liss has another brilliant touch when describing Mary’s powers as “Telekinesis. Pyrokinesis. Craziness.” That’s about right, isn’t it? Mary’s days on the Avengers Initiative never seemed so far away!

Shawn Martinbrough does a fantastic job keeping the art consistent. I was worried when Franco Francavilla moved on to another title, but it seems things are in good hands. Martinbrough has delivered some fantastic pencils over the years and it looks like Black Panther is going to be just fine.


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