Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #4
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Lan Medina
Inks by Craig Yeung
Colors by Marcio Menyz and Erick Arciniega
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: Mockingbird decides on her future as the entity buried under the surface of the moon decides that its next meal will be John Jameson.
The creature buried under the moon has taken the rest of the Agents of Wakanda captive and is keeping them in stasis as they live trapped in their dreams. The only two left are Black Panther and Mockingbird. Unfortunately, they are separated and don’t know if the other is still free.
With Bobbi trying to fight the creature alone in the caves of the moon, Black Panther attunes his King’s Roar in order to communicate with the creature. After finding out who and what the creature is and more importantly, how she made it to the moon, Panther and the rest of the team find her an alternative food source, but her new home will leave Jameson conflicted about whether or not he can return to the team.
The Story: A fun, balanced conclusion that didn’t go for the usual cliches when wrapping itself up. Jim Zub gave the characters their due, called back to both stories that have shaped the characters and ones that are still playing out and seeded new stories to come for the characters. This is the way an arc should end. Even the end of a small arc should reinforce to the reader why he/she is reading the book in the first place. I appreciate that Jim Zub wrapped up this part of the story because it definitely looks like the next arc is going to be absurdly interesting.
The Art: Lan Medina’s art is fantastic. Not only does the style of the art complement the tone and pace of the story, but the characters pop on the page and the panel progression fuels both the tension of the plot and the heroism of the characters.