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Rise Of The Black Panther #5


Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/blogger/novelist/poet/jackass on Twitter/head honcho of Komplicated) takes on an between seven to thirteen reviews (or so) to share his opinions with you. Thursday afternoons you'll be able to get those thoughts (and they're just the opinions of one guy, so calm down) about all of that ... which goes something like this ...


Rise Of The Black Panther #5 (Marvel Comics)

In what feels like a wealth of information, T'challa uncovers a family secret (T'chaka wasn't all he was cracked up to be when it comes to relatives), deals with fun characters (Ororo, the publishing version of the White Wolf), struggles with his own misconceptions of his father (without devolving into navel gazing) and kicks butt all over the place.

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Evan Narcisse is writing some of the best Black Panther stories since Hudlin and Priest, and the artwork by Javier Pina, Edgar Salazar, Keith Champagne, Stephane Paitreau and Joe Sabino capture the emotions, the action and the splendor with equal skill. Can we just have this turn into an ongoing already? RATING: BUY.

Deathstroke #31 (DC Comics)

The story is that Deathstroke is on his way to kill somebody and his plane gets shot down. All around the story, you'll find a nascent feud with Batman that dances all over the globe and showcases Bruce Wayne showing the best poker skills evar. This intricate, fascinating issue heavily rewards close scrutiny as Slade Wilson and Bruce Wayne dance around each other, careful not to risk too much as they try to sweep the legs out from under each other.

This is another masterful script by a master of craft, Christopher J. Priest, and the artwork from Carlo Pagulayan, Roberto Viacara, Larry Hama, Jason Paz, Jeromy Cox and Willie Schubert made every panel pop with vitality and zest. RATING: BUY.

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