Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 04:24:58 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)
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Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 04:02:44 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)

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I recall that when Priest was writing Black Panther, Black Panther became a sensation. The comic was hailed as the best comic book out on the market. Although in sales it did well it did not do as good as it could have the comic received critical plaise.

Back then, Black Panther was even an integral part of the Avengers, even going as far as saving the team from Ultron. Black Panther even took down Iron Man. Now Civil War has come and passed with Black Panther doing absolutely nothing of significance before, during or even after Civil War. In fact, Black Panther has become so insignificant that his wife Storm now gets most of the attention and Black Panther has become nothing more than some background character. I even saw a graphic novel recently titled Storm with a huge picture of Storm and Black Panther a shadow in the back.

Regardless of sales numbers the reality is that when Priest was writing Black Panther those that read the comic book cared about the character of Black Panther and what happened to him, today those that read Black Panther in general could care less about what happens to Black Panther as nothing really happens at all.

I'd have to disagree with you post, somewhat.

In terms of recognition from other writers and involvement in the MU at large, Priest's Panther was virtually non existant. Kurt used T'Challa as a stand in. Goeff Johns was the only writer who seemed to like Priest's take, and his stay on the Avengers were cut short. I don't recall if we were even given a reason as to why T'Challa left the Avengers before Disassembled.

In terms of critical acclaim though, the title thrived. I don't recall reading any serious review that didn't have some form of praise for Priest. The majority of Panther fans loved his take. I doubt he recieved a fraction of the complaints Hudlin has.

With Hudlin though, the opposite is true.

Panther's had an X-Men crossover and some form of involvement in crossovers since day 1. He married Storm. Marvel is trying to make him the figure head of the international resistance to the Registration Act while also making him a member of the FF. He's certainly alot more high profile than he was under Priest.

But in terms of writing, Panther often gets panned. Even it's strongest supporters describe it like an action movie. Characterization is all over the place at the best of times, and I doubt anyone believes that more thought was put into this series than Priest's. By the time Priest was at 25, he'd introduced several new enemies, revamped some old ones all while having a well rounded cast.
Hudlin has nothing that remotely resembles that.

'Nuff said, IMO.

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