I love the Black Panther, and I always have. Black Panther is one of my top 5 Superheroes of all time. I enjoyed the Kirby series and the Mcgregor one. However I was in heaven when Priest did the definative take on BP with the late 90s Marvel Knights Black Panther Title. I enjoyed Priest's sophisticated and thought provoking stories. It did my heart good to read about T'challa for longer than any other writer could take him. It lasted for 49 issues to be exact (I don't count Kasper Cole BP), and I was sad to see it end.
When I heard Reginald Hudlin was going to do another Black Panther book, once again I got excited about seeing one of my favorite heroes in action again. It was immediately evident that Hudlin's Panther lacked the political intrigue and sophisticated storylines of Priest. However his stories were enjoyable nonetheless, and entertainment is what comic books are for!
Despite the vocal opposition to Hudlin's Black Panther, it is the 2nd most successful BP title ever with 29 issues and counting. WIth the brilliant moves of having T'challa marry Storm, and joining the Fantastic Four, I think Hudlin has a good chance of surpassing Priest's record run for the character. Personally I hope that he does, and will continue to give my $$$ to make this happen.
I agree that Hudlin's run on Panther is the second most successful stent on Black Panther, but I'm still wishing the stories would improve, especially since T'Challa has a wife now. I want to see stories where they actually show them being a King and Queen in Wakanda, and I would like to see a storyline where T'Challa has to go overseas or something on a mission with the Avengers, and Storm has to deal with a crisis in Wakanda as a Queen.
I also would like to see the return of the White Wolf, Achebe, Okoye and Zuri, since they were excellent characters in Priest's run. A visit from Malice (formerly Nakia, a Dora Milaje) to challenge Storm for the heart of T'Challa would also be cool to see. Perhaps while T'Challa is away helping the Avengers, Malice causes trouble, and Storm has to devise a way to take her down.
I also wish they would find a permanent artist for the book, because this constant revolving door of artists on the title is ridiculous. They don't have a revolving door of writers on the book, so why are they doing this to the artwork?