Black Panther 013 (2017)
Quote:(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Wilfredo Torres (CA) Brian Stelfreeze
"AVENGERS OF THE NEW WORLD" STARTS HERE!
• Eons ago, before Black Panthers, before Wakanda, before time itself...there were only the ORISHAS: Asali. Ogutemeli. Bast. The pantheon of gods and goddesses from which the world as we know it was manifested. But now, when Wakanda burns, they are silent. When she was flooded, they were silent. While her people war amongst themselves, ever silent they remain. Where have all the Wakanda gods gone? T'Challa means to find out...
• New York Times Best-Selling author TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) is joined by rising superstar artist WILFREDO TORRES (Moon Knight) for the kickoff of the next epic season of BLACK PANTHER!
-terrible segue from last issue's final page encounter Storm in the Mansion office to the opening scene here inthe NY Hotel Gansevoort ~ NO satisfying details at all regarding this (BTW, is the a REAL hotel?)
-neat detail with "Imperial Suite"
-Ororo is gorgeous
. Probably a wig? Marvel should dump her return mohawk by now
-Ororo SEEMINGLY IGNORES their previous marriage by and 'effectively' agrees to this booty-call reunion considering their arguably messy(though mature) divorce ~ in hindsight didn't she use to trash her decision to marry him to her X-sisters in the X-books?
-Ororo DOES NOT DENY that she is a 'Goddess'
-theres a word that escapes me defining how gods are empowered by followers prayers, Ororo DOES CONFIRM that she has had that ability in the past ~ essentially and casually admitting to being a 'goddess' of a sort
-very cool introduction to the main Wakandan Gods of olde. So, BAST is not the same from Egyptian mythos afterall. Be neat to see when some other title (especially Thor's) acknowledge them too
-T'Challa distinguishes his dead Ancestor's from Necropolis apart from his Wakandan Gods realm or control ~ which is... curious
-Ororo sports ANOTHER WIG of dreadlocks when she talks to Eden later ~ is that just a diva-tude kicking in?
-what do you make the significance of her (newly revealed) AJA-ADANNA title to be?
-Shuri has another new power showing, now able to transform others into a murder of crows alongside herself ~ how 'bout that?!
-the SIMBI (Snake-men servants) of the Originators is an intriguing story set up and potential Omega-Levl high danger level for our heroes to face as they made for an exciting big fight sequence and scary last page ~ 'wrath of gods' scary
What do you think of the interpretation of Storm?
What do you think of the Wakandan Gods and the Simbi?
It's going to feel very uneven to call upon Luke Cage, at this point, to complete The Crew casting call... or maybe they can easily write him in cleverly?
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you are getting your white haired african women confused! lol I hope it was a mistype. One is 'Ro the other is Shuri. Ro has straight white hair; Shuri has locs. Don't let it happen again!
Point 1: I don't know what kind of therapy the two of them have gone through because the current depiction of the Ororo and T'challa relationship is a freaking 180 degree turn from the angst almost dislike that they showed towards one another after the divorce and until very (very) recently. It has got me scratching my head. Is she appearing in the movie? I didn't think so, but it is the only reason for how their relationship is now: movie tie-in.
Point 2: comics have always played fast and loos with the concept of gods. I mean most pantheons have been depicted in the comics. I think only God and Allah (officially) have remain untouched. So you can kinda understand T'challa's question. I mean he's hung out with Thor, and had dinner with Bast. He's question to Ororo doesn't seem that far fetched.
Point 3: Yes, when Ororo first appeared she was worshipped as a goddess....by a village. This has been touched on and off throughout her history. It explained her haughtiness in the beginning. I think she is partly joking with T'challa. But yes she was energized by her 'followers'. Aren't you energized when family/loved ones pay you compliments? Don't you stand a little straighter, perform a little better when someone gives you kudos? When someone has 'faith' in you don't you do your very best not to disappoint them? Okay, that's a baseline human. Now imagine what you would accomplish if you had superpowers ( well aside from your superior moderating powers)
Really she is just teasing T'challa about considering herself a goddess. Heck, I constantly tell people I am a queen and a mutant ( though I really am). What's the harm?
Point 4: I don't think ancestors are divine. They don't have any special powers outside what they do for their bloodline. gods and goddesses spread their power around for the benefit of their worshippers ( direct lineage not required).
Point 5: The real question is why have the gods abandoned them ( comic characters, not I). When your back is against the wall and you've done all your supposed to, why didn't they show up? Were you faking it and not believing? Not doing what your religion requires? Did you change your religion (doesn't seem to be the case in BP) Or did something happen to the gods (probably the case).