RECOMMENDED (*** stars)
BLACK PANTHER #58
a MARVEL COMICS ongoing (well at least until July) series
Written by J. Torres. Art by Ryan Bodenheim.
SYNOPSIS: The conclusion of ĎComing to Americaí moves Panther
five steps closer to cancellation.
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in fooling us that Priest wrote the book..."
Guest creative team J.Torres and new talent contest winner Ryan
Bodenheim finish their short run on this title with a tale from
the Pantherís past. You may be drawn in by the Liam Sharp cover
image but that visual never happens inside the book.
Torres follows the Priest writing style by separating the story
into small arcs that dance around the timeline while telling the
tale. Panther is protecting a friend of his, King Akaje and his
family as they visit New York. Everett K. Ross is trying to keep
things on an even keel but things are never smooth when Ross is
involved so we find ourselves in the middle of a family drama
with magical overtones. Torres succeeds in fooling us that
Priest wrote the book since he hits the same beats while giving
the two-issue stint his own personal touches.
Bodenheim got this assignment after being discovered during
Marvelís talent search that culminated at both Comicon
International and Wizard World Chicago. He shows promise but
needs more experience. Visually I would say that his pencil work
bears a strong similarity to occasional X-Men artist Tom
You would expect sales to drop on this already low selling title
since it will end in July but do the creators a favor and hang
in there until the last light goes out, will you? Besides,
Panther will be a regular character in the new series, the Crew
and still be an Avenger so itís not as if heís really going
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