Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: hmmm, so... spoilers...
Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 12:13:14 am EDT (Viewed 441 times)
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I know from a lot of Black Panther fans on Comic Book Resources that, although a lot of heroes do get temporarily replaced, this scenario seems to KEEP happening to T'Challa in almost every Black Panther volume. I don't think there would be so much displeasure if it didn't keep happening to the character.

First T'Challa was replaced by Killmonger (Priest's run), than T'Challa was replaced by Kasper Cole (Priest's run), and now T'Challa has been replaced by Shuri (Hudlin's run).

For other heroes who have around 600 comic book issues under his or her belt, the above wouldn't seem like much...but since T'Challa does not have as many comic book issues under his belt, being replaced three different times in the span of 7 years is a bit much.

Also, right now we have no idea what T'Challa and Storm are doing, but Marvel didn't waste any time in telling us what Shuri is going to be doing. I find the fact that T'Challa fans have to wait for news from Marvel on his and Storm's whereabouts after DoomWar to be downright disrespectful on the company's part.

I think someone on Comic Book Resources asked Tom Brevoort when we would receive news about T'Challa and Storm or something, and I think Brevoort was quoted as having said "In the future!"

If Brevoort really did say that, I find that to be a rather unprofessional response.

Sometimes I get the impression that Marvel thinks it can jerks fans around whenever the company sees fit...almost as if the company knows it will get our money, no matter what they decide to tell us.

To be fair, Killmonger's role as the Panther only last several issues, and during that time T'Challa pretty much didn't abandon the role as Panther, and Kasper Cole's role as Panther was relatively brief as well.
By the time he showed in THE CREW, he was calling himself the White Tiger. In the case of Killmonger you're talking about one story arc, and Kaspar Cole's tenure lasted 12 issues, 2 of which were fill-in issues featuring T'Challa as the Panther. Compare that to Captain America who was killed off back in 2007 and wasn't even in his own title til his return in 2009 (and STILL isn't back in the Cap costume to this day).

Interestingly enough, some of the very same people complaining about Shuri being in the role now hail Priest as the greatest Panther writer ever, despite the fact that he had other characters in the Panther role as well.

And even though Shuri the Panther now, T'Challa has hardly been off-screen. He's still very much in the spotlight, and he will return to the role. I can't think of a single example where a replacement hero stayed permanently in the identity they took over, and I doubt that Shuri will be the first.

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