Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Few Thoughtz: Black Panther: Power



Peace and blessings,

Ever since the events of Secret Invasion left the African Nation of Wakanda weak, MUCH has happened in the pages of the Black Panther series. I will attempt to provide a brief summary of these events, as well as of Secret Invasion, without spoiling things for those who are interested in reading up on the stories. So here we go...

In line with their their goal of world domination, the Skrulls, a shape-shifting and technologically advanced race from another planet, invaded earth. In Wakanda, they faced the Black Panther in an epic battle over the fate of Wakanda. After the battle, Dr. Doom used Wakanda's fragile state to implement his master plan. The first step in this plan was to kill the current Black Panther (BP), T'Challa. After a battle that caught the Black Panther by surprise, Doom almost succeeded, leaving BP gravely injured.


Taking up the BP mantle while her brother is fighting for his life, Shuri begins investigating her brother's attempted assassination. During her investigation, she eventually runs into the Desturi, a traditional, militant group whose sole purpose to is to "purify" Wakanda and get rid of all outsiders and the leadership responsible for opening up Wakanda to outside influence. A thorough investigation leads her to conclude that Namor, a good friend of T'Challa's, was the person responsible. Upon confronting Namor, they are interrupted by Reed Richards (leader of the Fantastic Four), who discovers an anomaly in a critical piece of evidence, which ultimately proves Namor's innocence. They soon find out that the Broker (a person who works in the "underground" market selling products that enhance people's abilities) was responsible for the anomaly that framed Namor. What they did not yet know was that the Broker did not work alone...

Once they find out that Doom has the Broker on his payroll, is working with the Desturi, and is thus orchestrating the whole thing, Doom's plan starts to take shape. In the mean time, the BP has recovered and has been simultaneously extremely focused getting back to form and standoff-ish towards his wife and family. It turns out that he's standoff-ish because he's been on to Doom's plan for a while as well, and in particular how Doom managed to infect his wife, as well other members of his family with Nanites, allowing Doom to easily acquire essential intel on Wandaka's political and military affairs. He knew that telling them anything would literally be like telling Doom, so the best strategy was to remain quiet. Realizing that Doom has been planning this for a while and is probably proposing the biggest threat Wakanda has ever faced, The current BP and her brother, the former BP, both uninfected by the nanites, assess their assets and prepare for war...

Starting from the Secret Invasion onward, I the Black Panther series has been the best story I've been reading, period. In case you're interested, I've included the video summaries of the Secret Invasion: Black Panther:








What do you think? If you've read Secret Invasion: Black Panther and/or Black Panther: Power, what do you think? If not, do you plan on checking it out? Why or why not? Until next time, stay blessed and speekonit...

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