Black Panther v5 #1

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Apr 2009 | Marvel

Writing: Reginald Hudlin
Pencils: Ken Lashley
Ink: Paul Neary
Colour: Paul Mounts

Namor talks with T’Chilla about joining the Cabal to ensure the best for his county, however he declines. Later, his encounter with Doctor Doom proves to be near fatal and the discussion of his replacement have already begun.

Holy crap! This was good stuff. I’m a little disappointed the new Black Panther isn’t revealed this issue, but at the same time I’m glad. It seriously would have thrown off the pacing and this is a good beginning.

I didn’t particularly like all the jumping around- now, five hours earlier, now, three hours earlier- that sort of thing. I don’t think it would have made any difference if we just read through it as normal. I always hate such things when it doesn’t affect anything. It wasn’t a major issue, just a slight irritation.

And damn, Namor’s looking good. He’s certainly not the brat I’ve been exposed to in his other series. He looks quite villainous, which makes me wonder if I’ll see any glimpse of that in what I’ve been reading, or if this is just another let down.

I’m looking forward to seeing what trouble the Cabal cause. They’re a nice bunch of characters. I’m fans of them all, so I’m starting to get excited about this.

Ultimately, the quality of writing meets my standard which places it above mediocrity and the art is good, so that’s another plus. With what’s shaping up to be an interesting story, this series might end up being as great as everyone’s hyped it to be. However, there’s still a chance for a nosedive, so we shall see.

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