Dave Galanter
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Loren

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Yaw

Subj: BP Annual #1
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 09:20:56 pm EST
Reply Subj: My thoughts
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 07:04:17 pm EST

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> With the Initiative and Marvel Zombie crossovers over, how did BP #31 perform in terms of sales. Cribbing from ICv2.com and Paul O'Brien:
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> 08/06 Black Panther #19 - 28,372 (-59.4%)
> 09/06 Black Panther #20 - 26,585 ( -6.3%)
> 10/06 Black Panther #21 - 34,257 (+28.9%)
> 11/06 Black Panther #22 - 47,556 (+38.8%)
> 12/06 Black Panther #23 - 54,762 (+15.2%)
> 01/07 Black Panther #24 - 59,971 ( +9.5%)
> 02/07 Black Panther #25 - 56,479 ( -5.8%)
> 03/07 Black Panther #26 - 51,385 ( -9.0%)
> 04/07 -
> 05/07 Black Panther #27 - 52,552 ( +2.3%)
> 06/07 Black Panther #28 - 61,808 (+17.6%)
> 07/07 Black Panther #29 - 55,027 (-11.0%)
> 08/07 Black Panther #30 - 48,478 (-11.9%)
> 09/07 -
> 10/07 Black Panther #31 - 33,673 (-30.5%)
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> So it's promptly back nearly to pre-Civil War numbers. A 45% loss of readers in only three months. And there are only 4 ongoing Marvel titles below its present ranking: Amazing Spider-Girl and the soon-to-be cancelled trilogy of Exiles, New Excalibur, and Cable & Deadpool.
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> Now I was going to make a point that BP appears poised to have the next 5 consecutive issues be without a crossover, but a curiosity emerged. When the January solicits were originally released, #34 was titled "Gangsta Lean, Part 1 of 3." Now it's been changed to "Part 3." But #32 and 33 are still called "Little Green Men," not "Gangsta Lean." So what's going on with this title's solicitations?


Yep this is an alarming shedding of numbers. I can only believe that this has in large to do with the inconsequential nature of the book. When a book and its stories have no importance on the universe as a whole and the creative team is not a "top-biller" then this is the result. The book is largely inconsequential at the moment as these space/dimension hopping stories all take place in a matter of a day or less based on the goings on in Fantastic Four books and other MU books. The irony of the situation is that the book almost seems to be in a self-imposed exile from the rest of the MU whle the characters of Storm and Black Panther seem to be very important and apart of the rest of the MU in other books; whereas in the past Black Panther was in an editorial segregation from the rest of the MArvel universe while in his own book he was very much apart of the larger universe.

With that said I look forward to the 2008 Black Panther Annual. Hopefully we start getting back to new storylines initiated earlier this year concerning tension within and without the Wakandan government. There are so many possiblities with BP and where it could go. i wasn't thrilled about having BP go up against the Marvel zombies but I found that it wasn't so bad despite my yearning for more politically oriented stories. But now this is just getting out of hand. I didn't like the frog stories when Priest did it and I don't like it now. In fact I didn't like the frogs when Kirby did it. What was that, the six million year man or some shite?! Somebody kill those damn frogs!

> The irony of the situation is that the book almost seems to be in a self-imposed exile from the rest of the MU whle the characters of Storm and Black Panther seem to be very important and apart of the rest of the MU in other books; whereas in the past Black Panther was in an editorial segregation from the rest of the MArvel universe while in his own book he was very much apart of the larger universe.

I hadn't thought of that, but yeah. It's funny that for all of Hudlin's hype about making T'Challa a major player, it's almost entirely OTHER writers that have given him anything consequential to do.

> With that said I look forward to the 2008 Black Panther Annual. Hopefully we start getting back to new storylines initiated earlier this year concerning tension within and without the Wakandan government.

I saw that Annual solicitation today and it didn't exactly enthuse me:

It’s 2057 and the Watcher’s prediction came true: Wakanda is an Imperial Power steering the course for humanity’s future. As T’Challa prepares the next Black Panther for the great responsibility ahead, he must first reflect on the road traveled–a long and winding journey filled with surprises.

Firstly, maybe I'll be proven wrong, but that doesn't sound like much of a story plot. It sounds like the issue is going to have a bunch of little What If stories set in the future, without an actual core plot. A lot like what Brad Meltzer did in Justice League of America #0. Which was a really bad comic book, in large part because it didn't have a core plot beyond "The Big Three talk about stuff."

By contrast, the other major Future BP story, "The Once and Future King," put the story first, with there being an independent plot involving the characters in their future setting, and left the 'What Happened Inbetween' matters as secondary.

Secondly, if "the next Black Panther" means the one who follows T'Challa, I wonder if the issue will address how T'Challa has managed to retain the BP title given the methods set out in BP #2. T'Challa has managed to make it to at least 75 years old, successfully defeating every person who fought him every year? And how can he be advising "the next Black Panther"? Is he planning to throw a fight?

Hopefully, the answer is simple: T'Challa eventually realizes that choosing a political leader through martial combat is a remarkably stupid means of election for an advanced nation, and ended it. One can just hope that he replaced it with a more democratic means of selection, and didn't opt to institute some kind of antiquated hereditary succession (as "the next Black Panther" might suggest).

Thirdly, hopefully the issue will also explain how a notoriously isolated and xenophobic nation like Wakanda somehow dumped all that and adopted imperialism within a 50-year period.

And if it turns out that 2057 Wakanda has adopted both imperialism AND a hereditary monarchy under T'Challa, I'll be rather disappointed that a nation that is supposed to be highly advanced has instead become increasingly politically backwards.


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