Black Panther 1
I’ve been looking forward to this for a while and wanted to savour it, so I took my time with a glass of red wine to chill my anxieties down so I could just embrace it.
Just the one mind, baby is due any day now!
From the off the book feels weighty, it has substance. It’s clearly written by someone who wants to do the best job they can and has a very clear aim for what they want to acheive.
The art is so confident and assured, the use of shadows and ink suggest a master at work and we all know Stelfreeze has been around a while; that’s shows. The inking job is one of the best I’ve seen. I stopped reading halfway thru as I had to check and see who did the inking. It was Stelfreeze himself. Just amazing. As is the composition of the panels, the designs, the way the clothes hang or cling to the skin…
There is an elegance to the art, which results in an elegance to the characters and body language, gestures & mannerisms are fully on show here, which adds a layer to the character development without having to read a single word.
Wakanda is in a bad way and it’s leaders are feeling it most.
I’m fond of the character when he is in his own book, in his own country and this was a good start, not quite what I expected, but I’m looking forward to this series very much. It very much feels like a Black Panther book in the vein of Priest and the best parts of Hudlin.