Dave Galanter
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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.

I stated in my previous post that I didn't agree with all Priest did, but if he's greatly revered, it's for the development he brought to Black Panther. There's an interview he gave that explains the whole Hulk dancing in the nightclub bit. It's funny that you bring that up, because at that time, I was just about to drop the book because I didn't like the direction, but stayed on after I read the interview. Priest stated something to the effect that he was writing month-to-month at that time, because he didn't realize the book wasn't cancelled as of issue 12. That and his artists kept changing from issues 1-12 and he tried to structure stories to the artists talents, but as they kept switching, the stories did not fit the style, art, etc.

I didn't care for the aneurysm plot device ( which includes happy pants), but like Miller or Byrne or anyone else who brings significant development to a character, Priest is going to be thought of highly.

Yes, that's the nature of comics, but that's also the point and my frustration. Do they really want me to just sit things out until T'Challa comes back? If so, then who are these stories being written for, the fan who has OCD and buy until T'Challa is back where belongs. The battle with Doom could have been a cerebral and action-packed storyline without having to lean on worn tropes of comic writing. It's one thing if it's Superman, I mean, he'll still be published, but Black Panther is not a character to enjoy long life on the stands (another comic trope) and I'd rather see the principal character as much as possible.

By deposed I meant removed from the throne, if I'm using the word correctly. Namor's own people deposed him by moving off altogether and Black Bolt's been sacked by Maximus more than twice. In T'Challa's case, he abdicated in the LS for ONE issue (end of #2) and was back on the throne in issue #4. With Killmonger, T'Challa was still King, though he wasn't Black Panther. With Shuri he is neither. I was surprised to see how easily she replaced him as well. The comical thing with Killmonger being BP was that no one showed him any regard, leading him to take the heart-shaped herb and go comatose, putting T'Challa back in the raiment.

I must say I've enjoyed this. Most of these boards are dead, but anytime I can talk about one of my favorite characters, it's a good day.

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