Dave Galanter
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Subj: EXCELLENT review for Black Panther #32!!
Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 at 10:56:54 am EST (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: Re: the black panther casting
Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 at 12:22:24 pm EST

By that I mean, the review itself is excellent:


Marvel's worst publishing mistake of 2007 had nothing to do with the One More Day delays or the execution of World War Hulk. It was allowing Reginald Hudlin to write Black Panther for another 12 months. It was one thing when T'Challa joined the cast of Fantastic Four. At least then I had one monthly Panther appearance I could count on not to blow steaming chunks. Now that the FF is reunited, however, I'm stuck with a series that hops between being laughably bad and just plain infuriating with the grace and subtlety of an Irish clog dancer. I didn't actually have to pay for the privilege of reading Black Panther #32, but I still feel the need to write to Marvel and demand some sort of compensation for my time.

I know what you're thinking. How bad can it be? Essentially, Black Panther has become Marvel's answer to Countdown: The Search for Ray Palmer, except it's written worse. Panther, Storm, and the rest of the (now old) new Fantastic Four have spent the months since Civil War hopping between random points in Marvel's multiverse. One of those stops was the Marvel Zombies universe. It's only gotten worse from there. Now Panther and friends find themselves marooned on a world populated by stereotypical 1930s gangsters who seem to enjoy pitting giant monsters against each other in gladiatorial combat. From what I can tell this world originally appeared in the old Stan Lee/Jack Kirby years of Fantastic Four. I'd like to think Lee and Kirby managed to be less cheesy about it.

What ensues is a lot of random fight scenes, punctuated by some of the stupidest one liners you'll ever read in a professionally-published comic. Here's one of my favorites: When T'Challa leaps towards a group of mobsters in trademark pinstripe suits and fedoras, one of them screams, "It's a Panther attack!!!" I really don't need this kind of crap the same week the new issue of All-Star Batman and Robin came out.

Make no mistake, the only reason this issue didn't score much lower is that the art is surprisingly good. I don't know how Marvel convinced Andrea di Vito it would be a constructive use of his time to assist regular artist Francis Portella this month. The end result is nice, but surely the two artists could find something better to do. I really feel bad for everyone who put in time on this issue, even Hudlin himself. If ever a series cried out to be canceled, it's this one.

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