“POWER,” PART 1 – Wakanda has been attacked on every front. Heroes have fallen, old alliances have been betrayed, the country is in turmoil. Now is the time for the new Black Panther to rise and make a stand against threats both foreign and domestic. “Power” is a bold new direction for the Panther, written by celebrated producer-director Reginald Hudlin and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry (Patient Zero, PUNISHER: NAKED KILL). New game, new rules, and lots of surprises as the new Black Panther is set on a collision course with one of the Marvel Universe’s most feared and powerful beings.
Shuri gives a rousing speech to the press and Wakanda as her brother visits the grave of fallen friends. She then goes off to the United States where she meets with the president and Everett K Ross. While they discuss why she is in America they get attacked by men in power suits. She dispatches them but before she can check out who her would be assassins where they self incinerate on a molecular level.
Back in Wakanda Storm tries to comfort her husband but he won’t be consoled he starts up on his recover despite his doctors telling him to take it easy. His mind flashes back to the attack by Dr. Doom which drives on his haste.
Shuri gives a genuinely rousing speech as the issue opens and her exchanges with Ross and Obama are believable. We get a glimpse of what her stint as Black Panther will entail especially in this “dark reign” era where Norman Osborn is America’s greatest superhero.
The art was inconsistent, some panels had lost of detail and looked great while others where very forgettable or where just badly ‘posed’. The issue felt like filler.
2.5/5 it was a very average read, nothing to draw you in but nothing that made it a bad read.