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Subj: Re: Black Panther #25 [SPOILERS]
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Most of the book takes place during the final Civil War battle. We see more detail of how T'Challa opens the gate to 42. He has Pulsar to go into light form and shrink and enter his Kimoyo Card where he guides her through the modifications necessary to open the gate. During that time, Storm meets with and debates with Reed (apparently to keep him distracted) and then leaves to go join T'Challa and the rest of the resistance in their invasion of 42.

In the meantime, the Wakandan embassy is given orders to evacuate, yet a SHIELD helicopter orders them to stay put. The embassy auto-protection is activated and somehow the copters are effected, but I'm not sure how or if it is Storm who effects it (she goes to help defend the embassy).

After the battle goes to the streets, Storm and Clor face off (this went on off panel in CW #7). He tosses the hammer at her, and she easily slips it. It seems that Clor actually has no real control over the weather, but basically fires blasts and electricity from his hammer (I don't recall if this contradicts anything shown previously). Clor withstands all of Storm's lightning attacks and fires a killing blast at her, but Sue Richards blocks it with a force field. Clor buries Sue under rubble and takes off after Storm who is flying away. She then concentrates and beams an electromagnetic impulse into his brain which temporarily disrupts his electronics. He falls, yet quickly recovers and is ready to fight, but sees Hercules standing over him. Sue and Storm watch the battle between them awing at how Herc pounds on Clor.

Storm finds T'Challa and he informs her that Cap has surrendered and that they are on their own.

This issue is decent. The dialogue during the fighting seems a bit casual and sometimes jovial, so you don't really feel much intensity. It is kinda cool the way T'Challa gives instructions to Monica and Cage enabling them to win their particular fights (though I'm sure some will question Cage beating Doc Sampson) and Tony anticipating T'Challa's instructions to Monica and taking her down before she can act.

I liked this issue better than Civil War 7, and while I think it did a good job at explaining some of the things that went on behind the scenes of CW7, I did find it a little choppy. I also found it amusing that Storm and Clor were on the cover, not BP.

I'm a huge Monica Rambeau fan, so getting to have a few pages with her makes every issue better. I'm not really looking forward to the resolution of her crush on T'Challa, since we know he's too proper to ever cheat, and I would have suspected her to be too honorable to even consider having a fling with a married man. It's funny how a year of NextWave has changed her character.

I'm very interested to see where things are going with the series, and also with Dwayne McDuffie's Fantastic Four.


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