Black Panther #9
Written by John Ridley
Art by German Peralta
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: Black Panther and the Avengers find themselves taking on a unique villain threatening a small town.
T’Challa has returned to his role as Chairman of the Avengers, but Steve is wondering if he is ready to return to the role after everything that happened in Wakanda. Unfortunately, their debate over Panther’s readiness will be interrupted by the arrival of an alien entity whose forces the Avengers are familiar with.
After attempting to get something from the heroes and being rejected, it disappears. As the heroes search for the missing entity, they discover that it has made a base for itself in the US and their attempts to stop it will be met with some interesting, but fierce resistance.
The Story: To be completely honest, there are elements of the story I like and others that feel heavy handed. The Colonialist is almost too cartoonishly evil to be believed in both its manner and appearance. The casual racism and misogyny are elements that could have been more subtly included instead of making the character a caricature, but that might be something that becomes more complicated as the arc continues.
The Art: Peralta delivers some exciting visuals in the issue. The characters look great and there are some great action beats that catch the eye.