JUST Black Panther Thread

wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
edited February 2007 in Graphic Violence
Well, since there's been a lot of talk about the king of Wakanda and the current writer of his exploits, it looked like we needed a thread. The thread is to discuss the entire history of this character but, I'll be honest, I imagine the majority of the posts will be related to the current run.

If you're out of the loop, Wikipedia can educate you on King T'Challa.

That said, let's kick it off with a couple of related topics that have generated buzz around here lately. First, given the direction of the book since he took over, would Reggie Hudlin be considered a racist? This discussion began here and quickly derailed the thread. It's quite long and I won't repost it, but you should read it. I'll just say that I was one of maybe three people that said no.

Second, are the Wakandans really mass murderers for refusing to share their advanced technology and knowledge with the rest of the world? That one started here, in the new Civil War thread, citing the current run's assertion that the Wakandans have the cure for cancer. Again, I say no, due to cultural and political implications.

So what do you think? Also, Hudlin's Black Panther: great Black Panther, or greatest Black Panther?

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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Hudlin's Storm: Terrible Storm? Or Awful Storm?

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Put me down for Perfect Storm.

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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I'll put you down for "fucking moron" instead.

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  • hughtronhughtron __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2007
    This thread is off to a wonderful start.

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I was just about to post in the Civil War thread about whether or not it was a good idea... fortunately, this thread does promise hours of family-friendly entertainment...

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    Storm's new direction seemed promising with the speech Xavier gave to her at the wedding about her fulfilling the role she was born to play, namely as a worldwide figure in human/mutant relations. So far Hudlin hasn't followed through on that promise, however, and Storm just seems to be around for slight marital spats and zapping people with electricity.

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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Hopefully McDuffie will handle her well in FF.

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Oh, come on. It's been, what, half a year since the wedding issue. Not even a month of actual comic time has passed, plus everything was interrupted by the CW. At least give it some time, seriously. And she's figuring in quite a bit with regards to the goings on in the Marvel Universe. She helped convince T'Challa to get onboard the anti-reg bandwagon and to work with Namor. She's learning to fit into her role as queen. I'm sure you guys are so awesome that you could learn to make the transition to savvy royal ruler overnight, but if Storm doesn't, it doesn't make it wrong.

    I swear, sometimes I think you guys don't want to give the book a chance at all, despite the fact that the post wedding issues have been the best of the run. How many of you even read the book and know what you're criticizing?

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    Oh, come on. It's been, what, half a year since the wedding issue. Not even a month of actual comic time has passed, plus everything was interrupted by the CW. At least give it some time, seriously. And she's figuring in quite a bit with regards to the goings on in the Marvel Universe. She helped convince T'Challa to get onboard the anti-reg bandwagon and to work with Namor. She's learning to fit into her role as queen. I'm sure you guys are so awesome that you could learn to make the transition to savvy royal ruler overnight, but if Storm doesn't, it doesn't make it wrong.

    I swear, sometimes I think you guys don't want to give the book a chance at all, despite the fact that the post wedding issues have been the best of the run. How many of you even read the book and know what you're criticizing?

    There's been no indication of any plans she may have as a figurehead, and at best she's being portrayed as the woman behind the powerful man (convincing T'Challa to get on board isn't much of a contribution since it makes it clear that T'Challa is the one with the power). Furthermore, in situations where BP and Storm have gone to visit rulers as representatives of Wakanda it is always BP who does the majority of discussion and action.

    And I hated Hudlin's portrayal of Monica Rambeau as child in need of a lecture from the magnificent Black Panther on how to use her own powers to beat vampires, as if she hasn't shown herself to be a capable fighter and strategist on numerous occasions. This is in addition to showing the most ineffective iteration of the X-Men yet (with Iceman getting crapped on for the second time since HoM), making a new Black Knight who is a racist zealot, turning the Inhumans into slave owners again just so Black Bolt can reject slavery a second time, transforming Doom into a villain who intimidates through dated pop culture references and racism rather than sheer power and grandeur, douching P.Diddy for some reason, and using all of this to elevate Black Panther in the process.

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  • MarathonMarathon Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Asking if Hudlin is a racist is a bad idea. We went over this enough in the last thread. Are to just rehash the argument again? Most people will say that yes, he is a bad writer and that his stuff does have a racist tone to it. You will come back and say now he's not and the whole circle will just go round and round.

    I have not read much BP, but from what ive heard from people I can say that I probably would not like it and would probably even find it offensive.

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  • ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    robosagogo wrote: »
    Oh, come on. It's been, what, half a year since the wedding issue. Not even a month of actual comic time has passed, plus everything was interrupted by the CW. At least give it some time, seriously. And she's figuring in quite a bit with regards to the goings on in the Marvel Universe. She helped convince T'Challa to get onboard the anti-reg bandwagon and to work with Namor. She's learning to fit into her role as queen. I'm sure you guys are so awesome that you could learn to make the transition to savvy royal ruler overnight, but if Storm doesn't, it doesn't make it wrong.

    I swear, sometimes I think you guys don't want to give the book a chance at all, despite the fact that the post wedding issues have been the best of the run. How many of you even read the book and know what you're criticizing?

    There's been no indication of any plans she may have as a figurehead, and at best she's being portrayed as the woman behind the powerful man (convincing T'Challa to get on board isn't much of a contribution since it makes it clear that T'Challa is the one with the power). Furthermore, in situations where BP and Storm have gone to visit rulers as representatives of Wakanda it is always BP who does the majority of discussion and action.

    And I hated Hudlin's portrayal of Monica Rambeau as child in need of a lecture from the magnificent Black Panther on how to use her own powers to beat vampires, as if she hasn't shown herself to be a capable fighter and strategist on numerous occasions. This is in addition to showing the most ineffective iteration of the X-Men yet (with Iceman getting crapped on for the second time since HoM), making a new Black Knight who is a racist zealot, turning the Inhumans into slave owners again just so Black Bolt can reject slavery a second time, transforming Doom into a villain who intimidates through dated pop culture references and racism rather than sheer power and grandeur, douching P.Diddy for some reason, and using all of this to elevate Black Panther in the process.

    Monica Ranbeau as in the same one from NextWave? What, are they trying to cram every black character ever into one book?

    I still find it offensive that Storm is all married to T'Challa for the simple reason that at the time they were pretty much the only two characters of african descent and mixed race marriage was too heretical.

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    robosagogo wrote: »
    Oh, come on. It's been, what, half a year since the wedding issue. Not even a month of actual comic time has passed, plus everything was interrupted by the CW. At least give it some time, seriously. And she's figuring in quite a bit with regards to the goings on in the Marvel Universe. She helped convince T'Challa to get onboard the anti-reg bandwagon and to work with Namor. She's learning to fit into her role as queen. I'm sure you guys are so awesome that you could learn to make the transition to savvy royal ruler overnight, but if Storm doesn't, it doesn't make it wrong.

    I swear, sometimes I think you guys don't want to give the book a chance at all, despite the fact that the post wedding issues have been the best of the run. How many of you even read the book and know what you're criticizing?

    There's been no indication of any plans she may have as a figurehead, and at best she's being portrayed as the woman behind the powerful man (convincing T'Challa to get on board isn't much of a contribution since it makes it clear that T'Challa is the one with the power). Furthermore, in situations where BP and Storm have gone to visit rulers as representatives of Wakanda it is always BP who does the majority of discussion and action.

    And I hated Hudlin's portrayal of Monica Rambeau as child in need of a lecture from the magnificent Black Panther on how to use her own powers to beat vampires, as if she hasn't shown herself to be a capable fighter and strategist on numerous occasions. This is in addition to showing the most ineffective iteration of the X-Men yet (with Iceman getting crapped on for the second time since HoM), making a new Black Knight who is a racist zealot, turning the Inhumans into slave owners again just so Black Bolt can reject slavery a second time, transforming Doom into a villain who intimidates through dated pop culture references and racism rather than sheer power and grandeur, douching P.Diddy for some reason, and using all of this to elevate Black Panther in the process.

    Was the fake Black Knight a racist? I rather thought he was a religious zealot for the Church.

    I do believe you're blowing those other complaints out of proportion, with the possible exception of Monica. Even then, wasn't she in some kind of funk at the time, unconfident about her powers? What's wrong with a little encouragement from someone she looks up to? And Storm is coming into her own in the series since the wedding issue, at least in my opinion.

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Marathon wrote: »
    Asking if Hudlin is a racist is a bad idea. We went over this enough in the last thread. Are to just rehash the argument again? Most people will say that yes, he is a bad writer and that his stuff does have a racist tone to it. You will come back and say now he's not and the whole circle will just go round and round.

    I have not read much BP, but from what ive heard from people I can say that I probably would not like it and would probably even find it offensive.

    So are you saying you have nothing to add to the thread but your opinion on other people's opinions?

    I threw in that question just to get it out of the way. Knowing the circular nature of the conversation around here, I figure it'll come back up again anyway.
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    Monica Ranbeau as in the same one from NextWave? What, are they trying to cram every black character ever into one book?

    That was the "BlacK Avengers" arc, and I thought it was pretty cool.
    I still find it offensive that Storm is all married to T'Challa for the simple reason that at the time they were pretty much the only two characters of african descent and mixed race marriage was too heretical.

    The fun thing about this argument is that Hudlin is criticized for this decision when he wasn't even the first person to come up with it. I can't recall exactly how much he talked with Priest about what he never got to do with BP, but I do know that Priest had planned to hook up Storm and T'Challa. The editors at Marvel had to have known about this plan, so I don't think you can lay this "gimmick" at Hudlin's feet so sanctimoniously. A more fair criticism is that it was rushed, and the Storm retcon miniseries a bit too obvious. Given another arc or two with their relationship developing, there might not be so much bellyaching.

    I have to admit, though, that as a black guy who is a fan of Storm and BP, I thought it was pretty cool that they got together.

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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    wwtMask wrote: »
    The fun thing about this argument is that Hudlin is criticized for this decision when he wasn't even the first person to come up with it. I can't recall exactly how much he talked with Priest about what he never got to do with BP, but I do know that Priest had planned to hook up Storm and T'Challa. The editors at Marvel had to have known about this plan, so I don't think you can lay this "gimmick" at Hudlin's feet so sanctimoniously. A more fair criticism is that it was rushed, and the Storm retcon miniseries a bit too obvious. Given another arc or two with their relationship developing, there might not be so much bellyaching.

    That doesn't make it less dumb.

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    It's dumb because...? Are you saying that no amount of time to develop the relationship would've made it plausible? That Storm and BP can't possibly be together ever? That race can play a part in determing which characters get married?

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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    No I am not saying that .

    The way it was rushed and that they just sort of retconned BP into Storm's life was dumb.

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Well, I don't think it was dumb so much as rushed. It could've been done a lot better, that's for sure. At least if they'd spaced out the retcon a bit, it would've been less of a bum rush.

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    I liked the idea of them being together as far back as Earth/Universe/Paradise X and in House of M as well (though I hated the line about Ororo leaving Panther "Straight trippin', boo.") They should have taken more time to develop the relationship, though.
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    robosagogo wrote: »
    Oh, come on. It's been, what, half a year since the wedding issue. Not even a month of actual comic time has passed, plus everything was interrupted by the CW. At least give it some time, seriously. And she's figuring in quite a bit with regards to the goings on in the Marvel Universe. She helped convince T'Challa to get onboard the anti-reg bandwagon and to work with Namor. She's learning to fit into her role as queen. I'm sure you guys are so awesome that you could learn to make the transition to savvy royal ruler overnight, but if Storm doesn't, it doesn't make it wrong.

    I swear, sometimes I think you guys don't want to give the book a chance at all, despite the fact that the post wedding issues have been the best of the run. How many of you even read the book and know what you're criticizing?

    There's been no indication of any plans she may have as a figurehead, and at best she's being portrayed as the woman behind the powerful man (convincing T'Challa to get on board isn't much of a contribution since it makes it clear that T'Challa is the one with the power). Furthermore, in situations where BP and Storm have gone to visit rulers as representatives of Wakanda it is always BP who does the majority of discussion and action.

    And I hated Hudlin's portrayal of Monica Rambeau as child in need of a lecture from the magnificent Black Panther on how to use her own powers to beat vampires, as if she hasn't shown herself to be a capable fighter and strategist on numerous occasions. This is in addition to showing the most ineffective iteration of the X-Men yet (with Iceman getting crapped on for the second time since HoM), making a new Black Knight who is a racist zealot, turning the Inhumans into slave owners again just so Black Bolt can reject slavery a second time, transforming Doom into a villain who intimidates through dated pop culture references and racism rather than sheer power and grandeur, douching P.Diddy for some reason, and using all of this to elevate Black Panther in the process.

    Was the fake Black Knight a racist? I rather thought he was a religious zealot for the Church.

    I do believe you're blowing those other complaints out of proportion, with the possible exception of Monica. Even then, wasn't she in some kind of funk at the time, unconfident about her powers? What's wrong with a little encouragement from someone she looks up to? And Storm is coming into her own in the series since the wedding issue, at least in my opinion.

    He may have been acting with the hopes of eventually converting all the Wakandans to Christianity (at least in death), but the idea that the Africans are in particular need of saving and can only be converted through violence and forced conversion rather than mere conversation is still racist.

    If Monica was ever in a funk, it must have been during her appearance in New Thunderbolts because the Black Avengers storyline depicts BP expressing confusion over what her codename was at the time. She was Photon before then and, afterwards, just Monica and kicking ass.

    It wasn't just encouragement. Panther told her she was using her powers wrong and not exploring them to their full potential, that being using them to create Ultraviolet Radiation. It doesn't matter if he did so in a compassionate fashion, because in any case she was still shown as someone who didn't really know how to use her abilities despite being a higher ranking Avenger than Panther had ever been.



    Meanwhile, I think the fact that Panther managed to single-handedly beat the X-Men, then order them around in a condescending fashion, then insult them to Storm and have her no be offended, and then save them and Wolverine is enough to justify my opinion that other characters are being shown in a negative light to help make Black Panther seem stronger.

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    I mean, can you imagine a depressed Black Panther being told that he doesn't always have to punch and kick people, but he can also throw them as well? And then Monica gently touches his face and calls him a goddess, and he smiles up at her with a grateful look in his eyes.

    And yes, Monica's loss of confidence is apparently something Hudlin made up specifically for the Black Avengers storyline. I found her appearance in New Thunderbolts and she's happy as hell, and in terms of continuity that's her most recent appearance prior to the Black Panther storyline.

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I like priests run. I do not like Hudlins run.

    That is all I have to say.

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  • The_LightbringerThe_Lightbringer Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    To change the climate in here a little bit... What exactly are Black Panther's special powers?

    I heard him described as a black captain america except with vibranium claws.

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    To change the climate in here a little bit... What exactly are Black Panther's special powers?

    I heard him described as a black captain america except with vibranium claws.
    More like Wolverine since he has enhanced senses and can see in the dark.

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  • AlgertmanAlgertman Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    This thread will end in tears and racism

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Algertman wrote: »
    This thread will end in tears and racism

    House Party?

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Algertman wrote: »
    This thread will end in tears and racism

    It'll be a lot better if you avoid adding any trolling retardedness to the mix. Fuck, too late...

    Lightbringer, regarding T'Challa's powers:
    The title "Black Panther" is a rank of office, chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. As chieftain, the Panther is entitled to eat a special heart-shaped herb that grants him enhanced senses: hearing, smell, taste, agility, speed, balance and night vision. Like Wolverine, he can pick up a prey's scent and memorize tens of thousands of individual ones. Beyond his enhanced senses, the Panther is an above-olympian level athlete and is considered to be at nearly peak human physical condition (the equal of Captain America). T'Challa is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat, proficient in various African martial arts as well as contemporary ones. He is a skilled hunter, tracker and scientist — he has a Ph.D. in physics from Oxford University.

    As king of Wakanda, the Panther has access to a vast collection of magical artifacts, technological and military hardware, as well as the support of his nation's wide array of scientists, adventurers, and superheroes.

    In Volume 3, writer Christopher Priest expanded the Panther's day-to-day arsenal to include equipment such as an "energy dagger", a vibranium-weave suit, and a portable supercomputer, the "Kimoyo card." In Volume 4, writer Reginald Hudlin introduced such specialized equipment as "thrice-blessed armor" and "light armor" for specific tasks.

    So far, his victories almost always have something to do with the tech he has. He can fight and all, but there's no way he can overpower too many people. He did manage to put the beatdown on Batroc, but I dunno if that's necessarily that awesome. He also temporarily slowed down Iron Man with the Ebony Blade (which had been appropriated from the imposter Black Knight), though it was pretty apparent that, had Rhodey not stopped the fight, he would've gone down. I'm actually really sorta surprised at the charge that BP is beating people he shouldn't because I can't think of anyone he's fought that should walk all over him. With Storm on his side now, I'd say that he's able to take on even more powerful people.

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  • Toji SuzuharaToji Suzuhara Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    It's nice when someone can't stop with just having one Mary Sue. Hudlin has to have an entire Mary Sue country.

    Mask, why do you do this to yourself? Are you some sort of crazy sadomasochist?

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    It's nice when someone can't stop with just having one Mary Sue. Hudlin has to have an entire Mary Sue country.

    Mask, why do you do this to yourself? Are you some sort of crazy sadomasochist?

    To be fair, I think Kirby and Lee started Wakanda as being super high tech and stuff. Maybe not as super as it's become but still pretty high.

    And it doesn't matter because Atlantis could take them out in a second, along with the rest of the world

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Let's be fair now. Hudlin's working with what he was given. You can't really blame him for the "Mary Sue" nature of Wakanda, since the writers before him established the place. Hudlin's additions are pretty much in line with what they did. The kimoyo card is the biggest example of this, and it was created by Priest, who everyone around here seems to think had a great run on the book. I'm sure Hudlin could take BP away from Wakanda (and he will in the next couple of issues), but he seems to want T'Challa to actually act like a king and perform his duties. That's one of the ongoing plot points right now, that T'Challa is doing as he did before, spending more time out of the country as a superhero rather than in the country as its ruler.

    And, incidentally, I keep reading the book because I like BP and I like what Hudlin is doing with the character. I wouldn't waste my time or money otherwise.

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    HA

    BEAT YOU

    AND I DON'T EVEN LIKE THE CURRENT SERIES

    HA

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  • Toji SuzuharaToji Suzuhara Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Let's be fair now. Hudlin's working with what he was given. You can't really blame him for the "Mary Sue" nature of Wakanda, since the writers before him established the place. Hudlin's additions are pretty much in line with what they did. The kimoyo card is the biggest example of this, and it was created by Priest, who everyone around here seems to think had a great run on the book. I'm sure Hudlin could take BP away from Wakanda (and he will in the next couple of issues), but he seems to want T'Challa to actually act like a king and perform his duties. That's one of the ongoing plot points right now, that T'Challa is doing as he did before, spending more time out of the country as a superhero rather than in the country as its ruler.

    And, incidentally, I keep reading the book because I like BP and I like what Hudlin is doing with the character. I wouldn't waste my time or money otherwise.

    It becomes Mary Sue territory in my mind when they go overboard talking about how freaking awesome it is and how everyone else is a retarded infant culture. You can have super advanced places as much as you want, but they're generally above talking about how primitive the main culture is. In the cases where they talk down on the other culture is when they're the bad guy or we're not supposed to relate to them. We are supposed to relate to the Black Panther.

    And with "why do you do this to yourself" I meant set yourself up to be attacked by everyone. You can read and enjoy whatever you like! I'm glad you like the current Black Panther because it makes your comics experience that much better. More power to Hudlin for connecting with you!

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  • tehfalconertehfalconer moonrocks in my noseRegistered User
    edited February 2007
    Is it me or are they hyping the next issue as if Black Panther is going to fight Silver Surfer? How the heck can you fuck with the Power Cosmic and not get yourself handed on a silver platter?

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Let's be fair now. Hudlin's working with what he was given. You can't really blame him for the "Mary Sue" nature of Wakanda, since the writers before him established the place. Hudlin's additions are pretty much in line with what they did. The kimoyo card is the biggest example of this, and it was created by Priest, who everyone around here seems to think had a great run on the book. I'm sure Hudlin could take BP away from Wakanda (and he will in the next couple of issues), but he seems to want T'Challa to actually act like a king and perform his duties. That's one of the ongoing plot points right now, that T'Challa is doing as he did before, spending more time out of the country as a superhero rather than in the country as its ruler.

    And, incidentally, I keep reading the book because I like BP and I like what Hudlin is doing with the character. I wouldn't waste my time or money otherwise.

    It becomes Mary Sue territory in my mind when they go overboard talking about how freaking awesome it is and how everyone else is a retarded infant culture. You can have super advanced places as much as you want, but they're generally above talking about how primitive the main culture is. In the cases where they talk down on the other culture is when they're the bad guy or we're not supposed to relate to them. We are supposed to relate to the Black Panther.

    Again, this was done prior to Hudlin as well. And I think it's pretty fair to say that most of this "outsiders suck" mentality is reflected in T'Challa's advisors and ruling council, not him. We should expect as much from people who grew up thinking Wakanada was the shit and never really left the country. As for relating to him, I think we can to an extent, but since Hudlin is really playing up the fact that he's the ruler of a major nation, there seems to be less to relate to.
    And with "why do you do this to yourself" I meant set yourself up to be attacked by everyone. You can read and enjoy whatever you like! I'm glad you like the current Black Panther because it makes your comics experience that much better. More power to Hudlin for connecting with you!

    I like the book enough that I want to defend it when I feel people aren't giving it a fair shake. I've been online too long to be bothered by anyone attacking my views.
    Is it me or are they hyping the next issue as if Black Panther is going to fight Silver Surfer? How the heck can you fuck with the Power Cosmic and not get yourself handed on a silver platter?

    You're thinking of Fantastic Four #546. And that's a question for Dwayne McDuffie. I'd like to think that T'Challa wouldn't fight Silver Surfer unless it was desparate.

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  • mattharvestmattharvest Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Is it me or are they hyping the next issue as if Black Panther is going to fight Silver Surfer? How the heck can you fuck with the Power Cosmic and not get yourself handed on a silver platter?

    You're thinking of Fantastic Four #546. And that's a question for Dwayne McDuffie. I'd like to think that T'Challa wouldn't fight Silver Surfer unless it was desparate.

    Actually, it's based of an idiotic comment from the main BP comic that T'Challa inexplicably has a contingency plan for Galactus.

    For Galactus.

    No entity had ever challenged Galactus before Reed Richards, and Richards only succeeded because the Watcher broke his oath and told Richards about the Ultimate Nullifier. Given that we now know that the UN is actually a part of Galactus - and has now been re-absorbed - what could T'Challa's plan possibly be?

    It's just stupid. It's awful writing. The only "contingency plan" for Galactus is to get the hell out of dodge and find a new planet.

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I don't necessarily disagree with you, especially after seeing Galactus get medieval on the Annihilation wave. The thing is, BP has a contingency plan, which is nice and all, but there's no indication that it's guaranteed to work. His contingency plan is probably more likely to suceed than most others, thanks to the Wakandan tech and know-how, but that doesn't mean that BP can beat Galactus.

    Also, before people start bitching about Hudlin, note that this contingency plan was mentioned in Priest's run. I'd like to see what McDuffie and Hudlin do with it (if they do anything with it at all).

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  • Spectre-xSpectre-x Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    No, his contingency plan is more likely to fail only about a microsecond later than any other contingency plan because Galactus uses technology T'Challa and anyone else on earth literally cannot even begin to comprehend.

    Reed wasn't kidding when he said that he could spend his entire life studying even the most rudimentary devices on Taa 2 during the first Galactus arc.

    EDIT: No, actually, make that DEVICE. Singular. Reed could spend his entire life studying even the absolute most rudimentary device on Taa 2 and still not figure out a whole lot about it.

    The fact that anyone, anyone at all from earth who is not the Sentry could even hope to stand up to Galactus is completly ridiculous. To even fight him to a stalemate you would need either the power of a million exploding suns or the Ultimate Nullifier and the help of the Silver Surfer and the Watcher, as well as the single most giant brain on earth, namely that of Reed Richards.

    Or Doctor Doom. You need the Sentry, Reed, the Surfer and the Watcher, or Doctor Doom. That is it. That is precisely it. Those three things.

    Black Panther has none of those. Therefore his contingency plans are gauranteed to fail. Anything else is bad writing. It's preposterous.

    The problem people have with Hudlin's Black Panther is exactly that: It is bad, bad, shameful writing. It mischaracterizes almost every single person appearing in the series. Doom a rascist? Since when? Does Hudlin even know WHY Doom is Doctor Doom? Eveidently not! Seeing as Doom is a gypsy who became who he is largely because of the prejudice his people suffered. Shit, even when interacting with Luke Cage in the past did Doom display no rascist tones like he did in Hudlin's BP run.

    Storm is okay with BP having a harem? What? That's retarded!

    Namor politely asking BP to join a coalition against Registration? WHAT? Namor is king of seventy per cent of the entire planet! Wakandan tech is child-like compared to Atlantean stuff! Everybody from Atlantis can beat up a tank with their bare hands! Namor doesn't give a shit about diplomacy OR registration! He's fucking NAMOR! Imperius REX! He doesn't care about tact or whatever, by virtue of him having the largest, most advanced and most powerful army in the entire world he has a ton more political influence than BP. He wouldn't ask for diplomatic measures, he'd set an ultimatum. He doesn't need allies! He outnumbers almost every major country on earth put together!

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  • NogsNogs Crap, crap, mega crap. Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I'm sure Strange might be able to do something...granted no way he could do it on his own. But I'd put Doctor Strange in that list of people would could potentially do at least a tiny bit of damage to Galactus.

    (i don't know if Strange has tried before, so don't bite my head off if he has and failed miserably. I'm just going by powersets)

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  • Spectre-xSpectre-x Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Oh, right. Strange. And Ghost Rider by virtue of the Penance Stare.

    But yeah, Black Panther? No.

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    I imagine there is some way for Panther to beat Galactus without superior technology or powers on par with Sentry or Doctor Strange, maybe even through as little as outwitting Galactus. I doubt it's within Hudlin's abilities to conceive of such an action, however, since he cannot even seem to write an African king who doesn't sound like an uneducated American's idea of how a badass African would act with that much power*. My money is on Panther just draining the Surfer and Galactus with a gun in much the same way Doom drained the Beyonder.

    And Panther has the potential to do limitless good with the newly acquired power cosmic, but instead relinquishes all of it conditional upon a peace treaty and then says that "no man should have that much power" or "it'd be foolhardy for one man to affect that much change in the universe, when growth and development is the responsibility of an entire population rather than just one king". Probably the latter, as it doubles as justification for T'Challa's position of non-intervention when it comes to the rest of Africa and the world.

    *Uneducated being a statement on the fact that it seems Hudlin has done very little research on how T'Challa's real life counterparts, namely African monarchy and non-African kings and leaders, conduct themselves, not an allegation that Hudlin isn't very smart in general. Namely, in regards to Black Panther's semi-frequent uses of American phrases and even pop culture despite a near total rejection of Western society, decidedly undiplomatic conduct when venturing overseas, and a tendency to take charge of any situation (even in the presence of more capable leaders, like Monica Rambeau) though that runs against a position of non-intervention which you'd think would at least require him to reduce his presence if not outright conceal his actions when super-heroing abroad.

    It doesn't exactly make sense for T'Challa to ignore problems in Africa and then go on to fight vampires in New Orleans, least of all when vampires can be dealt with by almost anyone while AIDs is really more of a job for Black Panther than anything else out there.

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Spectre-x wrote: »
    Oh, right. Strange. And Ghost Rider by virtue of the Penance Stare.

    But yeah, Black Panther? No.

    Since you have such intimate knowledge of BP's contingency plan, I'd love to hear all about it. As far as I know, it was only tangentially mentioned in the previous BP run. But, you know, thanks for your vastly uninformed opinion based on a comment that wasn't expounded upon in any detail that could give your opinion any weight.
    The problem people have with Hudlin's Black Panther is exactly that: It is bad, bad, shameful writing. It mischaracterizes almost every single person appearing in the series. Doom a rascist? Since when? Does Hudlin even know WHY Doom is Doctor Doom? Eveidently not! Seeing as Doom is a gypsy who became who he is largely because of the prejudice his people suffered. Shit, even when interacting with Luke Cage in the past did Doom display no rascist tones like he did in Hudlin's BP run.

    Sigh...this again. Being the subject of racism and oppression doesn't preclude one from, in turn, being racist. But thanks for trying to imply that.
    Storm is okay with BP having a harem? What? That's retarded!

    BP has a harem? I've read every issue of the current run and I haven't seen it.
    Namor politely asking BP to join a coalition against Registration? WHAT? Namor is king of seventy per cent of the entire planet! Wakandan tech is child-like compared to Atlantean stuff! Everybody from Atlantis can beat up a tank with their bare hands! Namor doesn't give a shit about diplomacy OR registration! He's fucking NAMOR! Imperius REX! He doesn't care about tact or whatever, by virtue of him having the largest, most advanced and most powerful army in the entire world he has a ton more political influence than BP. He wouldn't ask for diplomatic measures, he'd set an ultimatum. He doesn't need allies! He outnumbers almost every major country on earth put together!

    A few things here. First, Namor is seen as a villain by most of the world, so the idea that he has any political influence that doesn't involve threatening people with violence is retarded. For the moment, at least, BP and Storm are pretty popular around the world, so having them front the coalition is a smart thing to do. Wouldn't people react better to the Avengers with Cap at the lead instead of Wolverine? It's the same thing here.

    Second, why is Namor supposed to be above politicking or having political machinations? Or even approaching a problem without resorting to punching stuff first? That's what he's doing in New Avengers:Illuminati, but I don't see you bitching about that.

    Third, why wouldn't he be concerned about SHIELD raising a superhero army? Do you think the surface world will take his inevitable future invasion lightly when they have that at their disposal? Shit, do you think they'll even wait for that to happen and instead just pre-emptively strike? These are the sorts of things to consider when you're the ruler of a nation.

    In the end, I wonder why you can't be open to the idea that there are some things about these characters that you haven't seen yet. I guess if Namor isn't mindlessly punching shit while leading an army out of the sea, he's just out of character.

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    They actually show his harem in the House of M issue, and the 616 version of his harem is mentioned at least once.

    And being the victim of racism on the grounds of being genetically inferior, on top of being a brilliant scientist who knows enough about human biology to know how to negate an innate characteristic like mutant powers, precludes one from believing that Africans are genetically inferior in regards to their mental abilities. It's not just that Doom was behaving like a racist, but rather that he subscribed to the very same racist notions that were

    a) Directed at his people.

    b) The very same notions that a basic knowledge of the human body, which Doom certainly has, would dispel.

    Doom wouldn't claim that Africans were naturally less mentally capable than Caucasians if he knew this for a fact, which he clearly doesn't since it isn't true. If he was going to cut Black Panther with racist remarks, surely he'd use ones that cannot be so easily dismissed since those would have actually had an affect on the man.

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