Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #1
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Lan Medina
Colors by Marcio Menyz
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: T’Challa’s team of spies will encounter the strange and unusual in the heartland of America.
As the rest of the Marvel heroes deal with whatever threats they face day to day, a clandestine group of spies and heroes have their own missions behind the scenes. On a mission to recover stolen SHIELD weapons, Agent Wasp and Agent Man Wolf are teamed together to take down the Scavengers. When the mission gets dangerous for Jameson, his turn to his werewolf side worries Janet and Okoye when they return to base.
The leader of the team will have to put her concerns aside when T’Challa arrives with an urgent mission that he will lead himself. Panther, Okoye, Wasp and Fat Cobra make their way to a small town in Oklahoma that seems too quiet at first glance. Digging beneath the façade, the team discovers a town overrun with deadly creatures seemingly led by a former ally.
The Story: Writer Jim Zub creates a new team with a new mission that is still rough around the edges in this first issue. It’s interesting to see the different personalities and agendas represented and I felt as confused as Okoye as to why T’Challa would bring these particular people together to form a team of spies. One of the strengths of this issue is that the story is told in a way that makes me curious about what comes next for the characters and this team. Zub has subtly introduced conflicts, motivations and side stories that have gotten my attention and the final reveal at the end of this issue was both surprising and intriguing.
The Art: Lan Medina does an amazing job with the art in this issue. The characters look great and the action is well done.