Dave Galanter
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AndrewMTC

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Ryan12177

Subj: Re: Black Panther #25 [SPOILERS]
Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 05:33:24 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Black Panther #25 [SPOILERS]
Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 01:50:41 pm EST

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A friend convinced me to give the Black Panther a fan based on the fact that I was a HUGE fan of the first year or so of Priest's run... and I think that was a bad way to come into it.

This issue however is definitly my last with the book. I think it had so much potential and the writer wasn't skilled enough to capitalize on it. Besides the fact that the Storm vs Thor cover was a big tease designed to sucker readers to buy, you had many many other issues.

Storm is the one member of the X-Men team that Bishop felt closest to and bowed to and yet you saw no dialogue interaction between the two. Not to mention the double ended issue of Monica calling Bishop a sell-out because I'm sure Hudlin doesn't realize that Bishop isn't black.

I think I share a lot of fans view that Hudlin has no idea who Storm is. Storm sounds more like a ghetto Tyra Banks than someone who hasn't hardly shown any bit of a lighthearted side the last 30 years.

As a black reader I've genuinely gotten to the point that I'm insulted. Marvel seems to think that if they put a black writer on a book with a black character that every black comic fan will flock to it, and that it'd attract new fans. The sad reality is that it is partially true, its the same in Hollywood where you have peopel seeing black films despite knowing they'll lack quality based on the principle of black people wanting to see other black people on screen. See any Wayans film...

There are plenty of talented black writers, so Marvel should find one and let go of the BET tie-in pipe dream.. this book has lost me.

> As a black reader I've genuinely gotten to the point that I'm insulted. Marvel seems to think that if they put a black writer on a book with a black character that every black comic fan will flock to it, and that it'd attract new fans. The sad reality is that it is partially true, its the same in Hollywood where you have peopel seeing black films despite knowing they'll lack quality based on the principle of black people wanting to see other black people on screen. See any Wayans film...
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> There are plenty of talented black writers, so Marvel should find one and let go of the BET tie-in pipe dream.. this book has lost me.

Well said.

Speaking of TALENTED Black writers, I'm glad Marvel is FINALLY giving McDuffie the props he deserves, though it is....quite a coincidence that they assign him to FF as soon as Storm and BP join. It seems as if they only even give black writers a chance when they need someone to do a "black" book for them. I hope his run lasts well after BP and Storm leave, if only to prove to Marvel that they can have a (potentially) successful book from a Black author without making him write their "jive." I'm almost hoping someone like Priest will come back on a request to do a "black" book and basically turn in a "Bamboozled"-type script that Marvel will publish as a serious book ("we hired a black writer so the book couldn't be called racist...therefore this can't be offensive! right?").

I know that's an over-generalization, so I do recognize there are several counterexamples. I'm glad McDuffie got to do his awesome Beyond miniseries, but doing a just-barely-in-continuity mini is different from a significant run on a high profile book (which is exactly what he deserves, and I am very glad he's getting it now).

Now if they'd only collect his Damage Control stories, I'd be 10x happier.

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