Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: So how would you envision the next Panther series?!
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 04:40:11 pm CDT
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Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 12:27:57 pm CDT

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So what would you have happen to the panther?? Who would you have draw it, write it? What would happen in it? Lets all take this opportunity to be the Editor of Black Panther monthly, just for the hell of it. Remember no one can be wrong with their versions. Very Exciting! Lets do some heavy "imagineering"................

First off I would ditch the ret-con immediatly, The past 41 years of Panther history would stand as it is! I would have The Panther get involved with the non-registered Avengers because of his pride and love of the team that he was once a part of.
I would like a story arc based around the semi annual rituals of purification and the administering of the heart shaped herb that gives the members of his lineage their powers. I would also include his communing with the panther spirit/god and the spirits of his ancestors. I also seem to attribute The Panther with sort of surreal landscapes and dream scapes. Both on mythological planes as well as psychological planes. I would play up his role as head religious figure of the tribe and work in how this makes him qualified as a "shamanic guide" in these type of places. Very much the way he and Moon Knight journeyed in the afterlife in the C.Preist run, Panther expertly leading the way. Other characters in the Marvel Universe might seek him out for his prowress at navigating these realms and of course he would encounter new villains such as Nightmare. Then of course I would contrast it with the wild Super Science that makes Wakanda the envy of other techno-states, and the Panther doing his masterful geo-politiking. I would every once in a while throw in a completely left field story arc just for a change of pace. I would have him blast off and infliltrate the Shi'ar empire for some kind of crazed reason. I like the idea of him running rings around the Imperial Guard and then barely escaping back to earth. Maybe even pulling a fast one on the Starjammers for their aid. For some reason I see him befriending the Moon Knight and even helping him get things straightened out with Khonshu. Perhaps Moon Knight would be his contact in America. After all Moon Knight is sort of an unaffiliated hero there. And just imagistically they look good together on the page. As for Storm, hmmm. Well what can I say, I'm not really into Storm in the Black Panther. So I guess she wouldnt be in my version for very long. Nothing Personal! Perhaps after whatever seperates them I would have a "Panthers Walk" arc, where he goes on walkabout through Africa totally solo. Maybe a couple issues that concern Blood Diamonds would be appropo. As for the Panthers look, I like the bald head and him being an older guy instead of looking in his 20's. As for the sacred vestments, I would keep the original all black 60's-70's look with the cool short cape. I dont really dig the "energy daggers" that he used to shoot out of his wrists, and the anti-metal claws while making total sense seem too much like Wolverine to me. To make him different I would give him a black steel vibranium knife ala Tarzan, keep that jungle mystique.
But who to draw.........Sal and Bob A. of course! But I also like David Finch for it as well. If I could have anyone from out of the time stream I would pick Jim Starlin circa 1975, that includes the inking and the coloring. But for that matter I like Billy Graham as Artist and Bob Layton for the inking.
Dont get me started about having Grant Morrison take a crack at writing it!
Well this was fun, now I must leave the Panther Pavillion and its strange visions for the semi-real world. Now its your turn.....
Hail the heart shaped herb!

I would also eliminate the retcon and try to continue from where Priest left off. I would still have Panther and Storm be married, because I don't think there is any reason why they should be split up.

People can come up with that argument "They're only married because they're both black!" all they want to, but that mentality is illogical, because when you look out in the real world, guess what? Millions of people of the same ethnicities...marry one another! What a shocker!

The alternative would have been for T'Challa to marry someone outside his ethnicity, and although that also happens, I bet people would have been all up in arms over THAT!

And yes, the marriage was a bit rushed, so perhaps we could have a few back stories into their actual dating and courtship. Perhaps a few limited series about the courtship or something?

I'd reform Nakia so that she and Okoye could become the Dora Milaje again and protect their King AND Queen. I'd also bring Zuri back, and the series would feature this team of five: Panther, Storm, Okoye, Nakia and Zuri.

There would be an arc where Panther is called away on Avengers business, and Storm is left alone to rule Wakanda. This of course would be a chance for the White Wolf and/or Achebe to test Storm to see how effective of a ruler she is.

In the first arc I'd have Panther investigate the "assassination" of Steve Rogers, and Panther would keep tabs on the new Captain America to see what he's all about and what he's up to. Or, maybe Panther was the one who recruited this "new" Captain America to carry on the legend of the symbol until T'Challa finds out where Steve Rogers really is.

I'd have more confrontations between Panther and Iron Man...

I'd have more in-depth exploration of Wakanda, its people, its factions and Panther's Techno-Jungle.

Then I would have an event where Panther and Storm are kidnapped, which would unite the Avengers and the X-Men into finding them. I would probably have The Red Skull be responsible for the kidnapping.

Panther would definitely still be mysterious, and Storm would serve as a counter-point to Panther's mysteriousness. She would be mystified as to his thought processes and his actions, but she would also be attracted to these traits in him because he would always keep her and the rest of the world guessing.

Yes, Panther should be bald again, with the goatee.

Nakia would still be in love with T'Challa, but she would know that if she overstepped her boundaries, Storm would backhand her all the way to Asgard. Over time, Okoye, Nakia and Zuri would become FIERCELY loyal to their king and queen.

Panther and Storm would also befriend Peter Parker and Mary Jane...Peter Parker would be amazed that he is great friends with a king and queen.

I would not introduce any heirs for the royal couple just yet...there's plenty of time for that.

Achebe, the White Wolf, Klaw and Man-Ape (who would change his name to Silverback)would continue to be a thorn in the royal couple's side. Panther and Storm need a rogue's gallery, which would include some of Storm's current enemies (whoever they are). When you take on Storm, you automatically take on Panther (and vice versa).

I'd have Panther AND Storm come up with contingency plans for various things in the Marvel Universe.

Oh, and I'd also change Storm's hair color!:) She'd play around with different styles and colors, just to change things up a bit to keep her man intrigued!!!

I would also try to get a cartoon on the air. I think someone on this board a while back suggested the title "Storm and the Black Panther" for a comic series or cartoon. I would use that title for the cartoon, and I would try to get an actual comic book artist to animate the cartoon so that it could become a moving comic book on screen. Also, maybe some episodes could have fill-in guest comic book artists to animate various episodes.

I would love to see "The Client" made into an animated film, with Priest writing it, Mark Texiera animating it and Keith David (who voiced Panther in an episode of the Fantastic Four cartoon in the 90s) to give Panther a voice.

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