Marvel Knights #4
Written by Vita Ayala and Donny Cates
Art by Joshua Cassara
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Cory Petit
The slow erosion of a man’s dignity is going to prompt T’Challa to act.
We finally get our first clue to what happened to the heroes in the world with a meeting between Reed Richards and Black Panther that showcases the device in Reed’s possession that is responsible for the changes to the world. We also get our first clue as to who might have stolen it.
John Doe wakes up from another nightmare and proceeds to go about his day helping his friend watch her children before going to his job at the local soup kitchen. The man known as John Doe is King T’Challa of Wakanda and the changes in the world present a unique challenge to him. He is, in essence, an illegal alien with no identification and no memory of who or what he is.
Being the hero that he is, when he witnesses injustice he wants to fight, but his situation prevents him from acting. When a group of police officers harass an innocent man waiting for his train, T’Challa wants to intervene, but he is hampered by circumstance. This becomes a theme throughout the issue with T’Challa being placed in situations that he would easily handle as Black Panther, but is stymied by as an illegal alien in America.
When he tries to prevent a fight and things go wrong, he finds himself in police custody with memories of his former life swirling in his head. When he is offered a way out, one that strips him of more of his dignity, he makes a decision that he regrets. That regret spurs him to action and a discovery that will change everything.
This is my favorite issue of this series so far. There are so many standout moments with T’Challa as well as the cameo appearances that were unexpected. Ayala and Cates don’t hold back with this issue and it’s going to be interesting to see where Panther’s mission takes him and how it will intersect with Daredevil’s group.
The art by Cassara is great. I loved the way the panels helped build the tension of the story and there are some great panels that utilize shadow to create mood. Great art.