Black Panther #3 Review
THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA! “MANY THOUSANDS GONE,” PART 3
Black Panther #3 continues the "Wakanda in space arc" that has been going on since the series was relaunched a couple months ago. I'm i'm not completely sold on this story. The arc feels more Star Wars than Black Panther. This is not necessarily a bad thing. There are some aspects of the issue that work and others that simply aren't landing. Moving to a science fiction setting is inspired. It has all the familiar tropes. Imperial forces versus a rebellion, space battles and epic ground conflict. It is commendable that Coates went completely left field with this story. I just wish that the situation wasn't so typical
The issue discusses the Wakandans stolen memories and in the midst of making a battle plan to get them back T'Challa and Nakia are attacked by the imperium.
A massive fight breaks out between T'Challa's forces and the Imperium the comic ends on a cliffhanger with the reveal of a new villain, Manifold.
That's about it....
Coates writing is adequate. The pace of his stories have improved over his first series but things are still moving at a snail's pace despite the action being scaled up overall. The main complaint is that I don't care about any of these characters. This is a carryover from the original run. l just don't care. I just want to know if this is the real T'Challa or not. Ta-Nehisi is selling his audience on the concept and mystery of the setting but the execution just isn't there. There are too many sci-fi cliches. I imagine that makes the story easier to write but it seems like a retread of stories/concepts that have been told before by other writers.
Daniel Acuna's art is beautiful as always but considering that this is an epic set in space the colors are too muted for the setting. The series could really benefit from a palette swap and it would really improve the overall tone and feel of the book. If the interior art was as bright as the covers there would be no complaints. The story/art is interesting, just not necessarily fun.