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02/09/2005 Archived Entry: "Comic review: Black Panther, No. 1"

Black Panther, No1
Reggie Hudlin-Writer
John Romita, Jr-Pencils
Klaus Janson-Inks.
From Marvel Comics

Review by Richard Mellott

With a release date of February 1, 2005, the Black Panther saga reemerges from the basements of comic book headquarters. From the interview with Hudlin by Dave Richards, a contributing editor at the zine Comic Book Resources, we learn that the stunning Black Panther character has been at the back of Hudlin's mind ever since he witnessed the original debut during the Fantastic Four series. This character has fascinated him, as it is symbolic of a country in Africa that is "technologically advanced" and has " ...never been conquered." He will be writing another comic book for Marvel soon, taking over as the lead writer for the "Spider Man" series. The guy has chops!

The supernatural drawings, the work of a dynamic duo, provide a background for some background information, as this series begins again. The purpose of reestablishing who and what the Black Panther represents is to make it available to the younger generation. I found the language used during the minimalistic dialogues to be specifically geared to the sensibilities of the young reader, with symbolic imagery making an almost subliminal contact with the psyche of the oppressed youth of today. The drawing is emblematic of the old school comics, while the language brings it into sharper focus in today's lingo.

This will probably get to the Goth kids among us, first. Their lust for darkness, along with their brevity of speech and worship of antiheroes make them a perfect target for the exploits of a mysterious and powerful individual/country. They will appreciate that Wakanda and the Black Panther remain both defiant of the "Redneck agenda" and are capable of staving off any challenge to their autonomy...except for the skulking villain sent by the corporate types who want to crush them and reap their rich and unexploited resources. Funny, their might be some parallels to reality going on here.

In any case, we see our government getting briefed about the Wakandans and the Black Panther by a CIA researcher, with the historical facts laid out for our mulling, while we watch Condi Reese (However, in the completed comic the name is changed to Dondi. Ed) take out the racist general with a single evil eye. We learn about how the Panther defeated the white settlers on their way to colonize, humbling their measly firearms and primitive Gatling gun with magical malfunctions. The researcher tells his story with humility, and is finally dismissed by the military types, whose myopic disregard for the facts is of course legendary. The whitebread agenda continues to plow ahead, as the Reese brings in the Klaw, and sets him on a mission of revenge against our dark hero. Will there ever be any justice? See issue two. I'll be there, watching and learning.

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