Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: Black Panther: Man with No Direction
Posted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 12:38:45 am EDT (Viewed 228 times)
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Posted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 06:42:57 pm EDT (Viewed 249 times)

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I think TB's statement is selective memory on his part, but that's my opinion. I also don't know what Atlantis or Attilan followers felt about the changes, if any were made, to the status quo of these kingdoms. Being undefeated was not a part of their make-up, however, as even Asgard had been sacked before. Not so with Wakanda. Namor and Black Bolt had been deposed before, not so with T'Challa. What's next, kill-off the Panther God?

Yes, I know T'Challa will be back in the suit, and Wakanda will be on top again, but then, what was the point of it all? Mate, I miss Priest. Through all of his changes, (and I sure as hell didn't agree with that aneurysm!) he was a solid writer and gave me something to look forward to, rather than something to wait on

Let me say that I too was a fan of the Priest run. T'Challa was definitely a better and more interesting character as a result of Priest than he was before. That said, Priest's run had its share of flaws as well (in my opinion).

I didn't care for Queen Divine Justice. Wasn't all that crazy about Everett K. Ross, although I could take him or leave him. I didn't care for silly stuff like the Hulk dancing in a nightclub, "Happy Pants" Panther, Ross in Mephisto's body, or that non-linear manner of storytelling from earlier in the run. The good far outweighed the bad, but too many fans characterize Priest as some Black Panther writing god who could do no wrong, when that wasn't the case (again, in my opinion).

You ask what was the point of having Wakanda know defeat and having T'Challa replaced as Panther if everything will eventually return to the status quo. That's simply the nature of comics. What was the point of killing off Thor, killing off Superman, killing off Captain America, breaking Batman's back, turning the Punisher into FrankenCastle, making superheroes register with the government, turning Superman blue, revealing Spider-Man's identity to the public, wiping out all but 99 of the Marvel U's mutant population, and umpteen other changes that have taken place over the years only to have things go back the way they were before? Its the nature of comics to occasionally shake things up, and always will be.

And as a side note, T'Challa has been deposed before. He stepped down in the 1980s Panther limited series by Peter Gillis and Denys Cowan, and even Priest had him briefly replaced as Panther by Killmonger, so its hardly anything new.

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