Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #5
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Scot Eaton
Inks by Sean Parsons
Colors by Marcio Menyz and Erick Arciniega
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: As Okoye lobbies for more control over the team, T’Challa leads the team on a new mission to intercept Deadpool.
Black Panther is spreading himself thin as the ruler of Wakanda, Chairman of the Avengers and leader of the Agents of Wakanda. Okoye can see this and wants to know why he chose this team of misfits to represent the country. After receiving her answer, a call comes in that Deadpool is on his way to a hidden SHIELD base to loot it for weapons.
Getting the team together, including Wasp and Doctor Nemesis, Panther leads the team to the desert just in time to intercept the merc with a mouth before he enters the facility. After dropping Deadpool down a very deep hole, the Agents of Wakanda will discover that this abandoned SHIELD base is not as abandoned as they were led to believe.
The Story: This was a very fun issue that took a lighter tone due to Zub’s inclusion of Deadpool. At the same time, Zub manages to put a question out that Marvel readers are asking about T’Challa seeming to be everywhere but leading his country. Having Okoye breach the subject is the perfect way to position her as a leader as well as address the problem itself in a manner that would make Black Panther listen. The writing nails the character of Deadpool and the tension between the two characters is both measurable and fun to witness. I really enjoyed the twist at the end of this issue as well and what it could mean going forward.
The Art: Scot Eaton offers some great art in this issue. The action looks fantastic and every page takes advantage of the tone of the story to deliver something visually fun to read.