Page 45 Review by Stephen
Expanded edition now collecting BLACK PANTHER (2009) #7-12, DOOMWAR #1-6, KLAWS OF THE PANTHER #1-4 and material from AGE OF HEROES #4 so Marvel can charge you more money. In 2011 of the six-issue mini-series only I wrote:
X-Men / Black Panther / Fantastic Four team-up which I initially dismissed as just another of the twenty new Marvel mini-series that month. I take a little of the blame for that but Marvel Central must take most for the aforementioned, not remotely exaggerated reason.
It's good, and Eaton's art has a delicate, European flavour to it. Storm's hair is particularly lovely. Storm's predicament is not.
Wakanda, you see - the never-conquered nation at the heart of Africa ruled by T'Challa - has been in receipt of a coup. Recorded delivery: they signed for it and everything.
A revolution for the people by the people: that's how they're promoting it to the outside world. T'Challa's bride, Wakanda's deposed queen and astonishing X-Man Storm, is on show-trial for her life. She's convicted as a western poison. Let's forget the fact that she's African, and that the real power behind the coup is Doctor Victor Von Doom Esq., ruler of Latveria (black population nil). I wonder what he wants out of it? Can you spell "Vibranium"?
Maberry does a ridiculously good job of emphasising the heroes' helplessness. T'Challa and the new Black Panther are stranded on the outside, desperately seeking the succour of a mutant strike force whose nation Utopia is so new and therefore fragile that they daren't be seen to act like aggressors by illegally invading a foreign country. That's best left to older nations like America and Britain. In any case, as I say, Wakanda has never been successfully invaded. That much was made abundantly, wittily and somewhat satisfyingly clear at the beginning of Reginald Hudlin's first run (BLACK PANTHER: WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER?), and is done so again. Storm, who was specifically on trial for attacking Wakandans, is forced by Doom to pick the Vibranium vault locks under Doom's far from idle threat of slaughtering Wakandans, and Wakandan protestors are given no legitimacy because the new regime will not send in their tanks to suppress them.
Their names are taken, obviously, for when the protests subside.
The first chapter's last three pages displayed note-perfect timing from both writer and artist, utilising the one way possible to turn the tide in attempting to invade an unassailable country.