Archive for October 15, 2010



Mario to the Rescue!


(Thanks to CCW*TV Blog’s Jose Melendez for the link!)

I have had almost this exact conversation 4,334 times:

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Stage Mothers… Emphasis on Mothers



Many readers may remember that when I first heard about the Black Panther taking over for Daredevil, I had what I thought were some very legitimate concerns.

Here’s some of what I had to say (the whole post, brilliant in its own right, can be found HERE):

“As the Black Panther, T’Challa has spent his entire life either preparing to be– or being– the KING of WAKANDA. His interactions with regular “average” American citizens have been few— with Christopher Priest’s short run on Black Panther Volume 2 being about the only concerted effort to have the man interact with “regular”people on the mean streets. Otherwise, the ruler has spent vast amounts of his time hanging with SUPERHEROES and SUPER VILLAINS– and being KING. Hardly a conduit to understanding the “every man”.

So all my good thoughts for Marvel’s “Who Will Be the Next Man Without Fear?’ promotion were instantly blown to hell– dashed to bits on the harsh shores of reality. (Purple prose? Love it!) The book’s new creative team may play T’Challa as “streetwise” (hopefully they won’t) but just because the former King has been in some hairy situations in the past– chasing after Dr. Doom while perched on top of the Fantasticar does not make for beaucoup street smarts.”

It seems (emphasis on seems) that the Marvel creatives in charge of this switch have actually anticipated the questions that I raised... And that is a great thing. I love it when conscientious comic professionals actually get together and work through an idea. It’s amazing what happens when a writer or writer/artist isn’t arbitrarily given the Keys to the Kingdom and allowed to childishly run rampant through a character’s past, present and future like it was some huge toy box.

Black Panther, Man without Fear writer David Liss definitely seems to be hitting all the right character moments in the Newsarama Preview. T’Challa is unfamiliar with his surroundings but no idiot either… He’s determined to learn his territory and the people and dangers living within. The sequences between the former King of Wakanda and the Devil Diner’s janitor and the interviewing Serbian waitress are excellent CHARACTER touchstones— and hopefully what we can expect for the future of this new series.


Just remember his is essentially a 5 Page Preview of the first issue. It is not an entire comic— let alone a full story arc. Let’s all wish it gets even better and promise to check back in a few months to see how things are going, OK?