Black Panther #15
Written by John Ridley
Art by German Peralta
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: Black Panther takes on Jhai and his forces with the reality of his exile hanging over his head.
T’Challa marches to his final confrontation with Jhai. As the two spar verbally, T’Challa maps out his strategy. A last minute offer from Jhai makes it impossible for T’Challa to kill the monster he created. Unfortunately, Omolola does not share his sentiment.
In the aftermath, Wakanda prepares for its new future while the Black Panther prepares for his exile from his home. A move that will delight some and bring no emotion from others.
The Story: John Ridley brings his run on Black Panther to an end. An end that couldn’t come soon enough. With everything that has been built in this series and this arc, it ended exactly as I suspected. There was no surprise, no innovation and frankly, no heart. It was a cookie cutter exercise is removing the main character and jockeying a series of forgettable ones into position to take his place. There could have been something poignant and engaging in T’Challa’s departure, but the story was so shallow that I was just waiting for it to end.
The Art: Peralta does a great job with the art in the issue, but all of the build up to the final confrontation with Jhai was wasted with the rest of the issue becoming a great way to show off the new characters while doing little else visually.