Black Panther #2
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Daniel Acuna
Letters by Joe Sabino
The rebel slaves are en route to destroy and imperial array that they were told was unmanned. Unfortunately, they were wrong and there is a detachment of ships and weapons on board. As Nakia calls for a retreat, T’Challa decides to move in on his own with his mind swirling with memories that he can’t seem to realize.
As he moves in closer, he is attacked by imperial ships and everyone watches in wonder and concern as he manages to take them out. It’s a great, action packed opening. As the issue continues, the action intensifies and we get to see the abilities of T’Challa in action. Abilities that not only get the attention of the rebels that he is fighting with, but also the attention of the Emperor himself.
As the emperor gathers information about T’Challa, we get to see the recent exploits of the newly liberated slave and how his abilities and success in battle have taken the rebellion from a minor annoyance to a credible threat. Credible enough for the emperor to exact bloody retribution on those who have failed to find and kill T’Challa. As we get to see a violent display of N’Jadaka’s power, the latest victory for the rebellion puts into their hands an incredibly powerful weapon. One that should be familiar to Marvel readers.
This story keeps getting better and there is a lot going on. It’s fortunate for the reader that all of the activity is handled in a way that doesn’t overwhelm. It’s a solid bit of storytelling from Coates and definitely amplified in its telling by Acuna’s art. Many of the panels stand out as beautiful pieces of art that would look at home displayed on someone’s wall. What I do hope to see more of is the history of the intergalactic empire of Wakanda. The issue does a good job of giving a snapshot, but I would love to see how the rebellion began and how the empire became so corrupt. Hopefully, we will learn sooner rather than later.