Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: Define Significant
Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 08:21:21 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Define Significant
Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 01:28:02 am EST

    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.

> It seems more like gimmicks than anything of real importance. Venom when he became an anti-hero had tons of crossovers too, was a part of the Marvel Universe, teamed up with several superheroes and he was still relegated to being a background character. Every time I hear about Civil War I hear about Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man not about Black Panther. Sure Black Panther appeared in the Marvel crossover but what has he done other than beat an Iron Man robot with Black Panther armor, nothing. He talked to Namor, but it lead to nothing. Spider-Man is still on the run and Captain America still got shot. Where is Black Panther during all this? He is in back doing nothing. Black Panther's marriage to Storm, I think actually makes Black Panther less important not more so, because his comic book becomes nothing more than about Storm married to some guy instead of than about Black Panther. Although like you said the marriage did bring some recognotion to Black Panther.

Well, like I said, it depends how you define significant. Without a doubt though, T'Challa is more high profile under Hudlin.

But, one of the weaknesses imo of the current run is that Hudlin is trying to make Panther important without giving him a niche in the hero community. Spider-Man is a hunted outlaw, Iron Man is the spokesperson of the collected heroes, Reed the go to genius, etc. Under Hudlin, Panther has no real niche that makes him stand out among other heroes, or makes them valuable to them in some way. And without that, once Marvel stops pushing Panther, he'll be worse off than before.

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