Black Panther #172 Review


• Klaw and his allies have brought Wakanda to the brink of destruction.

• To seal the deal, Klaw has summoned a powerful Marvel foe not seen in years.

• But Black Panther isn’t done fighting yet. He still has a secret weapon: his ex-wife.


What I thought

Who is the adversary? The adversary is a demon of incredible power that came into conflict with the X-men during the story arc “Fall of the mutants”. To defeat him nine X-men sacrificed their lives so he could be temporarily sealed.  He has made a few other appearances and it’s always bad news for the world.

This issue was damn near perfect for me. My skin tingled as T’challa managed to have the “power of belief” give Storm just what she needed to not only turn the tide but to defeat their foe and save herself, Vibraxas and Asha. Ta-Nehisi Coates has been criticized since he took over this title but his handling of Storm and T’challa as a couple, no, the penultimate power couple is fantastic! Hudlin had a Storm that stood in the back while T’challa handled things but this Storm walks beside him as his equal…or even perhaps his superior. I love that! Shuri must also be commended as she has truly become a force of her own. Powers, design, attitude, they all come together in this battle to make her like Storm potentially more than the titular character himself. Can’t wait to read her solo series!

The stakes were high this time with Storm, Vibraxas and Asha almost crushed, Shuri outclassed in power by the adversary, T’challa on his way making secret plans etc. The interaction between Storm and T’challa at the end really was touching and made me rethink having them back together.

I enjoyed this from start to finish the only problem I had was the art for most of the issue lacked detail. I give this issue 4/5 stars


I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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