Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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BP as portrayed so far in DoomWar

Subj: The Panther in the DoomWar series (Okay to print)
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 02:05:51 pm EST (Viewed 319 times)

I have just read the DoomWar first issue.

I was impressed with the art and the scripting. The story was compelling and gripping, and this was only the first issue so far!

If I have any complaint, it is with the portrayal of T'Challa's meeting with the X-Men.

For the past ten years, since the Black Panther's series begining in 1999, T'Challa has been portrayed as a supremely self-sufficient, and systematic character.

He seemingly planned for every contingency, and even his back up plans had back ups.

There seemed to be no situation that he had not anticipated and prepared for well in advance.

It was somewhat disconcerting to see him portrayed as, hat in hand, pleading with the X-Men for their help. Even moreso, the initial attitude of aggression and disdain from the X-Men themselves.

I understand the necessity for any story to maintain a certain amount of dramatic tension. I get that, if the X-Men were shown as eagerly willing to fly into Wakanda to free Storm, there would have been no opportunity, in that situation, to build up the reader's anxiety and overall tension over how the scenario would play itself out. I get that.

Still, the overall scene, while excellent in dramatic build-up, seemed to do violence to the fully-in-control character of T'Challa that had been so carefully cultivated for so long. It seemed to me that T'Challa's nature had been compromised in order for the scene to work as well as it did.

I should point out, in the interests of full disclosure, that I am a reader who is still holding a grudge against Geoff Johns for "The Punch". (I felt that in order for him to pull that scene off, he completely disregarded Batman's character portrayal of that time as an iron-willed, completely self-controlled individual, to make him into some sort of hysterical, shrill washerwoman, more likely to run, jaw first, into a punch from Hal Jordan.)

Having said all of the above, I am still looking forward to seeing the Black Panther returned to the character I have come to enjoy; one who is seemingly never at a loss or a disadvantage, no matter the situation.

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