Monday, July 9, 2018

June 2018 Sales Report



Black Panther #2, featuring more great Acuna art and not much else...

34,891



This represents as 71% drop in sales. For comparison sake, BP vol 6 #1-2 drop was 69% drop while the legacy renumbering was a 57% drop. 

A significant drop was expected due to the renumbering + variants, a better idea where this book is sitting at sales wise will take another month or two. 



Rise of the Black Panther #6, featuring the real T'challa...

18,487



This book was remarkably consistent for an announced mini-series. Let's take a look at the last three Black Panther spin offs....

The big things to note here are 1) Rise was announced as a mini, the other two books were ongoings that got cancelled. 2) Rise sales were consistent. There was no pre-hype followed by a crash.




Friday, July 6, 2018

May 2018 Sales Update



Just a quick graph update this time. Got behind and the June numbers should be dropping any day now. 




Friday, May 4, 2018

Black Panther vs Jakarra (Black Panther vol 1, #10 and Rise of the Black Panther #5)



Story: Black Panther, vol 1, #10

Background: Jakarra, T'challa's half brother, made himself into vibranium monster and is rampaging throughout Wakanda. The Black Muskateers, members of T'challa's extended family, fight the monster in T'challa's absence. They have some success but Jakarra is heading to the vibranium mound to essentially detonate the world. Joshua created a anti-sonic toxin as a way to stop him and were on the way to do it when T'challa arrived to save the day. 

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Story: Rise of the Black Panther #5

Background: The Hyena Clan lead by T'challa's recently revealed half-brother Jakarra, were responsible for aiding Doom to teleport into the Wakandan palace. T'challa was on his way to confront Jakarra when he bumped into Storm. After a brief skirmish with Hyena clan red-shirts, BP and Storm go straight to their base of operations. And Jakarra turns himself into a monster.

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New Feat: T'challa Develops Strategy to Defeat Jakarra on the Fly


Source: Rise of the Black Panther #5

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Wakanda/Atlantis War Part 3: Namor Attacks

[This is Part 3 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 3, Namor arrives in Wakanda with an army of Atlanteans and the power of the Phoenix.]



There isn't much to say here that the panels don't show: Namor arrives with Atlanteans and he is pissed. The bad thing about the Avengers being there is that it drew Namor there. The good thing about the Avengers being there is that it gave Wakanda a fighting chance.

Avengers vs X-Men #7
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1






Avengers vs X-men #8

The Phoenix 5 (well four) came and took Namor, leaving Wakanda in ruin. This attack would start a chain of events that lasted over four years and changed the Black Panther mythos forever.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

March 2018 Sales Report


Black Panther #171 featuring the return of Shuri:

24,304



I imagine it will drift back down to the 21k range and then boost back up to something in the 50-80k range when it relaunches again. Timely relaunches and billion dollar movies have benefited this run big time. Instead of getting boosts from tying into events, it gets boosts from other sources.


Here is the updated look at T'challa completely publication history:



I'll be really curious to what the volume 7 opens at. It has an intriguing storyline and the "Fresh Start" tag.


Rise of the Black Panther #3, the best Black Panther book in years...

18,055

Only a mild decrease in sales, which shows it found an audience... which is the silver lining for overall shitty sales. Minis always struggle but I was really hoping for more with this book as it is legitimately good and hows T'challa at his best.

One interesting thing to look at is how it compares to the two other "Black Panther" spin offs since Coates took over the franchise.



One thing to note is that Rise was never going to be an ongoing... it was announced as a mini. WoW and The Crew were never announced as such and instead got straight up cancelled.

It is already selling better than The Crew and it seems to be leveling off faster than WoW. WoW had good initial sales and then nose dived the whole way because, well, it sucked. Rise "might" be able to level off and actually sell better by issue #4.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Rise of the Black Panther #4 Preview




 



There is so much to love in this preview.

First the cover... it seems to hint that T'challa and Shuri will be beating ass together. Which is a welcome sight. One of the best things about this book is that T'challa and Shuri actually feel like siblings... royal siblings.

T'challa's immediate response to the Doom Bot (by the way, I called the Doom bot as soon as Rise #3 ended lol) was a welcome sight. No hesitation, just doing what had to be done in response to a serious threat sitting on the throne.

I am always happy to see Priest-like Hunter. A problematic character for sure, but a fun one as well when he is written right.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Avengers #73-74 Retro-Review




Issue: Avengers, #73-74
Date: Feb and April 1970
Writer: Roy Thomas

General Black Panther Spoilers

- Black Panther is in New York. The Sons of the Serpents are causing white supremacist mayham that eventually involves Monica Lynne.

- Black Panther saves Monica Lynne.

- Black Panther vows to take down the Sons of the Serpents himself due to being black too. The Avengers agree to give him 24 hours to do it alone.

- Black Panther attacks some of them at a dock and takes the identity of one of the goons. Unfortunately, when confronted by the Supreme One, he doesn't know the secret verse and is captured.

- A man wearing the Black Panther suit starts committing crimes. Avengers are forced to get involved. The Supreme One's plan is to unmask Black Panther and show the world he is black, and starting a race war.

- Avenger's stop the plan and it also turns out that both "TV people" were part of the Sons of the Serpents as well.


Importance to the Mythos

- First appearance of Monica Lynne

- First time in universe a civilian learned Black Panther was black. I guess.


Other Thoughts

- This is one of those times where white people tried to right "black" issues and fail miserably. T'challa has never really been a "my people" type of character unless he is talking about Wakanda. It came off as extremely forced here... an "all black people around the world" are the same type of thing. Soul Brother? good lord. This isn't Luke Cage or some other American black where this "jive" talk type stuff makes since. T'challa is a damn king of an African nation. He ain't "soul brothering" it up with anyone.

Roy is the worst.


Should You Read It?

- No. Not unless you really like Monica Lynne or something.

Friday, March 23, 2018

M'baku vs Captain America



Story: Avengers, vol 1, #78

Background:  Not much of one. M'baku ambushes Captain America in some dumb villain scheme involving the Lethal Legion after he was banished from Wakanda for his failed coup attempt. 

The Challenger: Captain America is well... Captain America. We all know that... comic book peak human, shield, ect. M'baku is powered by the blood of the White Gorilla. He is typically just past comic book peak human strength. This is only his second appearance in the comics. In his first appearance, he beat up Black Panther pretty good before succumbing to being an idiot. You can see that fight here: http://blackpanthermarvel.blogspot.com/2016/10/tchalla-vs-mbaku-round-2.html 

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No fear Captain America fans... Quicksilver and the Vision saved Mr. America. The other Avengers attacked M'baku, who had to make a quick getaway. 

Ahhh... the days M'baku wasn't a complete joke. His first two appearances, he beat up T'challa (and then accidentally smashed himself lol) and then beat up Captain America. His next thing was beating T'challa again via the infamous Monica mannequin. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Black Panther vs The Winter Soldier (Rise of the Black Panther #3)



Story: Rise of the Black Panther #3

Background: T'challa is opening up Wakanda to the world for the first time by inviting representatives from various countries to Wakanda. During this meeting, a mysterious energy signature is detected in the city as the Winter Soldier has been sent to assassinate the king.  

The Challenger: A Mind Controlled Winter Soldier. This is Bucky pre the Winter Soldier story line, so he is in pure assassin mode. Here, as told in the story, he is actually physically enhanced to peak human levels. In addition, he has teleportation tech, is scentless, silent, and has cloaking tech the beginning of the fight. He also ambushes T'challa to start the fight. 

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Evan did a lot of great things with this. First off, he enhanced Bucky to the point where he was a credible threat to T'challa. The enhanced abilities, cloaking, soundless, scentless... Evan upped the villain instead of downgrading the hero. 

At the same time, he added in some new tech for T'challa as well. And a sick looking new suit. 

Oh, and the whole time it seemed like T'challa was non challant about the whole thing and not even stressed. Like he was testing new equipment, new tech, and new theories.