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Subj: New banner - Let's talk Priest's Black Panther!
Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 at 11:35:53 am EDT (Viewed 96 times)


The series began in 1998 so it's part of our era. I know the Priest run continued into the early 21st century but for just this once let's bend the rules so we can discuss the entire Priest run.

I wasn't always a fan but recently I've come to realize I'll never appreciate the series unless I start it at the beginning. So this morning I ordered the complete collection (all four volumes) on eBay for $88. I wish they were hardcover but I guess I can't have everything.

My biggest gripe, back in the day, was that I couldn't understand the nuances of what was happening. I blamed Priest for that and only sporadically bought the book. As noted above, I now believe Priest was building something that simply had to be entered at the beginning - and now I'm willing to do that.

Everett Ross - yuck. But I know Priest fervently believed a white audience needed a white point of view character. If this was true, if Priest was right, then the white audience was a dork. As for me, I don't want to see that white face. I want to enjoy a story about Africans. Nevertheless, I know Priest's strategy and I fear he may well have correctly gauged the ridiculous dorkiness of the white audience. So Everett Ross - here I come! Comfort me with your Caucasianhood.

T'Challa the cunning master manipulator - this I love and have always loved. This was a protagonist for grown-ups. More than anything else, a protagonist for grown-ups is what I want right now, and is the very reason I just spent $88.

Beautiful art - it speaks for itself. The Black Panther has often been blessed with exceptional graphics and this series was no exception.

Did you love this series?

I've hit the spoiler button though of course it isn't really necessary since all of these stories are more than a decade old.








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