Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Wakanda/Atlantis War Part 4.3: Catching Up With Namor

[This is Part 4 of a multiple post series going over the details of one of the most important moments in the Black Panther mythos: The Wakanda/Atlantis War.

In Part 4, we look at the immediate aftermath of the flooding of the Golden City by Namor. In 4.3, we catch-up with Namor.]

There was a surprise appearance of Namor in a Superior Spider-Man spin off that takes a look into his psyche post flooding. He actually shows a tiny bit of remorse that is quickly swallowed up by pride. Also take note that Spider-Man, in this case the villain Doc Ock, calls what he did "atrocities."

Superior Spider-Man Team Up #8
The other interesting thing in the issue is that another party is seemingly taking advantage of the conflict between Namor and Wakanda.

While it seems this was the HZ, it ended up being a misdirection.

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #8
So, umm, who made the really realistic robots that almost killed Namor in the name of Wakanda?

Good question. I checked the next issue of the series and found nothing. I posted on various forums and found no answer. Was this mentioned ever again? I have no idea but I would love for someone to tell me.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Wakanda/Atlantis War Part 4.2: The Royal Marriage

[This is Part 4 of a multiple post series going over the details of one of the most important moments in the Black Panther mythos: The Wakanda/Atlantis War.

In Part 4, we look at the immediate aftermath of the flooding of the Golden City by Namor. In 4.2, we look at the end of the Royal Marriage]

The Royal Marriage started to crack before Namor flooded Wakanda. Captain America got the Avengers together to announce that the Phoenix was coming to Earth. Storm was a member of the Avengers at the time, and when she saw this... she dipped. She went back to the X-men. As is customary. T'challa went to stop her and Steve told him to let her go (lol wut? Great writing) and the schism began.

[Click to enlarge the pictures.]

New Avengers #24
AvX began. The X-Men started looking for Hope, leading Storm to lead a team of X-Men into Wakanda. The fact that the Queen of Wakanda lead a strike team into Wakanda is just all sorts of messed up.

Avengers vs X-men #4

And then the great T'challa vs Storm fight began. Now, I cannot post the entire fight contained in AvX: Vs #5 due to it taking up half the issue and that gets into copyright/piracy land. So instead, we are going to go over some key points with scans for the key points:

1. Storm was the aggressor the entire fight. She made the first strike against T'challa.

2. T'challa's reason to fight was to save the Earth. He chose the Earth over his marriage... something heroes do. Storm's reason was "you're a terrible husband" instead of, you know, something like, "I chose the mutant race over my marriage."

3. T'challa didn't throw a single punch. All his maneuvers were in defensive in nature. Taking her powers away, blocking, grabbing, and throws. Storm opened the fight by electrocuting the dude and was throwing haymakers the entire time.

4. Storm ended the fight by leaving her wedding ring on the ground and flying off.

AvX Vs. #5
In a tie in, we get this baffling panel that states the T'challa knocked her out. Which you can choose two things to do with this. A) Storm is a lying idiot or B) editorial couldn't keep everything straight with the 25 billion tie ins and the writer fucked up therefore this isn't canon. Your choice, either way, the panel is way wrong.

Uncanny X-Men #13
So, to recap and catch-up on what has happened: Storm leads a strike team into Wakanda, instigates a fist fight in front of Wakandan citizens which ends with her throwing her wedding ring on the ground. Phoenix Namor, Storm's teammate, attacks The Golden City and floods the place, leading to death and destruction.

Leading to to this oft re-posted panel...

Avengers vs X-Men #9
T'challa annuls the marriage and Storm is... shocked???? Get that woman some medication because the Phoenix made her bipolar or something. In addition, the X-men are labeled enemies and are banned from Wakanda in general. Including Storm.

Avengers vs X-men: Consequences #1

Storm's credit, she gives up some info on the captured Avengers whereabouts, leading to T'challa and Storm fighting side-by-side once again.

Avengers vs X-men #9

Despite the divorce, the two clearly had feelings for each other immediately after AvX. It is clear T'challa did what he must for the earth and then Wakanda when he annulled the marriage.

A+X #3

Both still had jealous streaks post marriage. Storm rained on suitors of T'challa while T'challa had a weird obsession with Wolverine for a bit.

Wolverine and the X-men #24
A+X #3
Eventually, the ban on Storm was lifted in an issue of Wolverine, after Storm re-entered the country with Wolverine trying to stop some killer virus thing (that T'challa had already figured out).

Wolervine, vol 5, #8

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Wakanda/Atlantis War Part 4.1: Clean-Up of Wakanda

[This is Part 4 of a multiple post series going over the details of one of the most important moments in the Black Panther mythos: The Wakanda/Atlantis War.

In Part 4, we look at the immediate aftermath of the flooding of the Golden City by Namor. In 4.1, we look at the destruction and clean up efforts in Wakanda.]

The Golden City got smashed pretty good. Clean up started almost immediately. Along with T'challa, the Dora's were out cleaning up as well, which included the physical destruction and cleaning up the dead.

[Click pictures to enlarge them.]

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2
Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences #1
Avengers vs X-Men #9

 We will get to the divorce later.

Storm's insider information lead to the Avengers attacking the Limbo Volcano to get the other heroes out. T'challa went with them. Cap said the Avengers would help with Wakanda clean up after AvX ended... that never happened.

Avengers vs X-Men #9

Despite T'challa fighting alongside Storm to free the captured Avengers, mutants/X-men in general were labeled enemies of Wakanda, and barred from entering the country. Even the "good" mutants were unwelcomed, as Logan found out.

Avengers vs X-Men: Consequenecs #1

In addition to the physical destruction of Wakanda, it appeared to put a mental strain on Wakandans as well. Citizens were getting perturbed by T'challa's choices, leading one to try and get the attention of Queen Shuri... with a knife. 

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2

The Dora's were starting to question T'challa's choices as well. It seems they felt vulnerable and weak due to the attack and were getting aggravated by T'challa playing super hero. This timing was before the Incurions, so it seems the Dora were mad that T'challa went with the Avengers to fight the Phoenix X-Men. Who were the ones that got Wakanda flooded. I am curious to why that is a bad thing, as getting revenge should be right up the alley. But, Roxanne bends past stories to fit her story so whatever. They were mad.  

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2

Monday, September 16, 2019

August 2019 Sales Report: Black Panther Falls Into Cancellation Zone

Coates Panther run fell under 20K sales for the first time in his publication history. There were no renumberings or gimmicks around to starve it off. 


Full publication history with the solos....

The T'challa led Avengers...

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Comprehensive Reading Order

Origin Story
  • Fantastic Four #52-53

Panther's Rage
  • Jungle Action #6-18

Kirby Run

  • King Solomon's Frogs (Black Panther, vol 1, #1-7)
  • Jakarra (Black Panther, vol 1, #8-10)
  • Kiber the Cruel (Black Panther, vol 1, #11-13)
  • Ulysses Klaw (Black Panther, vol 1, #14-15)

Gillis Run

  • Gillis (Black Panther, vol 2, #1-4)

Priest Run 
  • The Client (Black Panther, vol 3, #1-5)
  • Enemy of the State (Black Panther, vol 3, #6-12)
  • The End (Black Panther, vol 3, #13-15)
  • Uptown (Black Panther, vol 3, #16-17)
  • Killmonger's Rage (Black Panther, vol 3, #18-20)
  • Killmonger's Reign (Black Panther, vol 3, #21-25)
  • Sturm Und Drang (Black Panther, vol 3, #26-30)
  • Seduction of the Innocent (Black Panther, vol 3, #31-33)
  • Gorilla Warfare (Black Panther, vol 3, #34-35)
  • The Once and Future King (Black Panther, vol 3, #36-37)
  • Return of the Dragon (Black Panther, vol 3, #38-40)
  • Enemy of the State II (Black Panther, vol 3, #41-45)
  • Saddles Ablaze (Black Panther, vol 3, #46-47)
  • The King is Dead (Black Panther, vol 3, #48-49)


  • Red Zone (Avengers, vol 3, #65-70)

Hudlin Run 
  • Who is the Black Panther (Black Panther, vol 4, #1-6)
  • House of M (Black Panther,vol 4, #7)
  • Wild Kingdom (X-Men #175-176, Black Panther, vol 4, #8-9)
  • Bad Mutha (Black Panther, vol 4, #10-13)
  • Bride of the Panther (Black Panther, vol 4, #14-18)
  • Civil War (Black Panther, vol 4, #19-25)
  • Four the Hard Way (Black Panther, vol 4, #26-30)
  • Little Green Men (Black Panther, vol 4, #31-34)
  • Back to Africa (Black Panther, vol 4, #35-38)
  • See Wakanda and Die/Secret Invasion (Black Panther, vol 4, #39-41)

Fantastic Four

  • The New Fantastic Four #544-550

Hudlin/Mayberry Run
  • Deadliest of the Species (Black Panther, vol 5, #1-6)
  • Power (Black Panther, vol 5, #7-11)
  • Doom War #1-6

Liss Run
  • The Man Without Fear (Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513-518)
  • The Man Without Fear: Fear Itself (Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #519-524)
  • The Kingpin of Wakanda (Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #525-529)

  • Fantastic Four #607-608

Avengers vs X-Men

  • Avenger vs X-Men #8-9
  • AvX Vs #5
  • AvX: Consequences #1
  • A+X #3

Hickman/New Avengers Run
  • Avengers, vol 5, #1
  • Everything Dies (New Avengers, vol 3, #1-6)
  • Infinity #1-6
  • Infinity (New Avengers, vol 3, #7-12)
  • Avengers, vol 5, #28 
  • Other Worlds (New Avengers, vol 3, #13.INH-17)
  • Avengers, vol 5, #29
  • Avengers, vol 5, #34
  • Perfect World (New Avengers, vol 3, #18-23)
  • Time Runs Out Vol 1 (Avengers, vol 5, #35-37; New Avengers, vol 3, #24-25) [not in NA #24, Av #36]
  • Time Runs Out Vol 2 (Avengers, vol 5, #38-39; New Avengers, vol 3, #26-28)
  • Time Runs Out Vol 3 (Avengers, vol 5, #40-42; New Avengers, vol 3, #29-30)
  • Time Runs Out Vol 4 (Avengers, vol 5, #43-44; New Avengers, vol 3, #31-33)
  • Secret Wars #1-9

Coates Run Vol 6
  • A Nation Under Our Feet (Black Panther, vol 6, #1-12)
  • Avengers of the New World (Black Panther, vol 6, #13-18, #166-171)

  • Ultimates: Omniversal (#1-6)
  • Ultimates: Omniversal Vol 2- Civil War II (#7-12)
  • Ultimates²: Troubleshooters (#1-6)
  • Ultimates²: Eternity War (#7-11, #100)

  • Rise of the Black Panther #1-6
  • Black Panther vs Deadpool #1-5

Coates Run Vol 7
  • The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda (Black Panther, vol 7, #1-current)

  • Avengers, vol 8, #1-current