Black Panther #6
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Jen Bartel
Colors by Triona Farrell
Letters by Joe Sabino
The death of a god will signal the rise of an emperor.
N’Jadaka returns to The Orisha Gate, the chamber of Wakandan Gods, to speak with the panther goddess Bast. He is concerned that, with the discovery of T’Challa, he will no longer be needed.
His concerns are well founded when Bast reveals the history of her exile, his past and the destiny that the god sees for the empire of Wakanda. The emperor’s rise to power is showcased in this issue along with his reluctance to be the monster he became and the constant betrayal from everyone he has placed his faith in. Even his discovery of a new and ancient power does not come without personal sacrifice.
In any other context, N’Jadaka’s story would be a typical heroes journey of triumph. Which is what makes the emperor’s next act both ruthless and understandable.
Taking the time to dive into the backstory of N’Jadaka was a smart move for Coates and company. For most of this run he’s been a boogeyman looming in the fringes of the story while we witness T’Challa’s rise. It’s gratifying to see him as a person and one that was not always the monster that he eventually became. It will give an interesting layer to the conflict when he and T’Challa finally square off.
Jen Bartel’s art was breathtaking. There are so many beautiful panels filled with rich details. I loved the look of this issue a lot.