Black Panther #13
Last issue, T’Challa embarked a journey through “The Plane of Wakadan Memory” and nicely ties together T’Challa’s reclaiming his memories with the troubles and burdens of kingship. As questions are answered, new ones are set up for the next chapter of Black Panther: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda.
‘Black Panther #13’, Book 3, begins with a heavy conversation between Ororo and Kojo. It’s been “weeks” since the king went to space and disappeared. Some may find these scenes unnecessary or even skip over these parts; however, I find them intriguing and insightful to the connection of why and how the Black Panther was beamed into space, two thousand years into the future without memories. It is clear that Ororo must step up, but insecurities get the best of her. To question one’s self is a definite quality for any leader.
Meanwhile, the bulk and most important part of this issue lies in deep space, two thousand years into the future, on the starship Mackandal. Commander M’Baku is at his wits end with T’Challa’s obsession. The king of Wakanda Prime has many exceptional skills and abilities, which drives his focus and the goal to get back home. Unfortunately, this is drastically affecting the Maroon’s ship and M’Baku fears that T’Challa is placing his people in grave danger. Princess Zenzi-Bast plays with M’Baku’s emotions that push a confrontation.
T’Challa is using a computerized program, I believe, based on a council of elders, to help on finding a solution on contacting Wakanda Prime. M’Baku uses his rank and demands T’Challa to shut down his operation. Arrogantly, T’Challa defies M’Baku’s orders and continues his task. This disrespect frustrates M’Baku and physically confronts his fellow Maroon.
Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist, Daniel Acuna, continue to create magic together. They work together like they are one person. The concept behind this series inspires the reader to think beyond one perception and understanding. Each character has clear establishment. I just love Acuna’s talent as he provides such detail that the reader “feels” the tension and other emotions throughout the story. To have the ability to provide action without words placed in a panel, the way that Acuna does, now that is skill! It is immediately clear where this arc is going and as I turn each page of Black Panther #13, I get even more excited.
Ok, no more spoilers…well, maybe just one more, lol. By the end of this issue, T’Challa does what Wakandan Prime prodigy child and sister, Shuri, could not do… CONTACT!
There are only two constructive criticisms for this issue. The role of the M’Krann Crystal is still not clear – maybe something with the Taifa Ngao program? Also, I hope this arc will shed some light from issue #6 on how Emperor N’Jadaka’s connection with the Klyntar; more commonly known as the “Symbiotes”. I really appreciate the references that were used in this issue.
War rages in the cosmos and Black Panther will have some difficult decisions to make. I am excited to learn more about why T’Chilla left home and how he ended up “Two Thousand Seasons” in the future.
Black Panther #13: HADARI YAO
Writing - 8.5/108.5/10
Storyline - 8/108/10
Art - 8.5/108.5/10
Color - 8.5/108.5/10
Cover Art - 8/108/10
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