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Loren




From Marvel's January solicitations:

BLACK PANTHER #34

Written by Reginald Hudlin, penciled by Francis Portela, cover by Salvador Larroca.

"Gangsta Lean," part 1 of 3. It's clobberin' time -- in the arena and in the streets, between the Gangsters and Panthers, and between the Fantastic Four and the elusive, malicious Golden Frogs!

32 pages, $2.99.


Two thoughts:

1) T'Challa and Storm left the FF in Fantastic Four #550. Yet in this title, they appear to still be part of the team, three months later. Even though this is the start of a new, 3-issue arc, which follows a new 2-issue arc that itself doesn't begin until next month.

When this team-up began, wasn't it said that the two titles would attempt to coordinate their storylines? By the time this new arc concludes, their resignation in #550 will have taken place six months earlier. That's a whole extra tpb of FF crossover material.

2) Also judging by appearances, this issue does not appear to involve Wakanda. If that remains true for the rest of this arc, that will constitute 18 consecutive issues since T'Challa has set foot in Wakanda.


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Son of Hulk




What is happening in the current issues of the Black Panther occurs between FF #546 and 547.


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Loren




> What is happening in the current issues of the Black Panther occurs between FF #546 and 547.

True, that's how it fits, but that still doesn't explain why there continue to be new BP story arcs set between those two issues. Assuming that there isn't *another* new BP/FF arc after "Gangsta Lean" ends in #36, that'll be, what, 10 issues of Black Panther sandwiched between those two FF issues? Over half of which will hit shelves after BP and Storm are no longer appearing in the regular FF book?

It just seems like an effort to milk the FF membership for as long as possible. Perhaps, like I said before, to get a whole extra BP/FF trade paperback out of the deal. (#26-30 being one tpb, #31-36 being another.)


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takufan4




> > What is happening in the current issues of the Black Panther occurs between FF #546 and 547.
>
> True, that's how it fits, but that still doesn't explain why there continue to be new BP story arcs set between those two issues. Assuming that there isn't *another* new BP/FF arc after "Gangsta Lean" ends in #36, that'll be, what, 10 issues of Black Panther sandwiched between those two FF issues? Over half of which will hit shelves after BP and Storm are no longer appearing in the regular FF book?
>
> It just seems like an effort to milk the FF membership for as long as possible. Perhaps, like I said before, to get a whole extra BP/FF trade paperback out of the deal. (#26-30 being one tpb, #31-36 being another.)

And, um, that's shocking to you WHY? LOL! I'm thumbing through Essential Captain America No. 3, and who do I see but long-dead Bucky! For TWO whole issues! Gee, that Stan! What he wouldn't do to SELL MAGAZINES, huh? \:\)

Hudlin is trying to keep the book alive. If I were him, that's EXACTLY the move I would have done. Although I'd like to think it'd be better written and conceived..... \:\)


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Son of Hulk




Personally, even before the the whole New FF arc, I thought the series is great. It was John Romita Jr. that actually brought me to the series in the first place and I liked the story content so much that I decided to stay.

One the whole FF thing is out of the system, we'll get back to the core of the series.

I'm in the series for the long haul.


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