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Comic Book Review:Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #525

Comic Book Review:Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #525

After Daredevil went crazy, became possessed, lead an army of evil dead ninjas, and then came to his senses, he left Hell’s Kitchen to find himself.  He could not leave his home unprotected. He asked T’Challa, former ruler of Wakanda and the Black Panther, to watch over Hell’s Kitchen in his stead.  

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive -Issue # 525 – Marvel Comics
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Writer: David Liss
Penciled: Shawn Martinbrough
Colorist: Felix Serrano
Price: $2.99

The Black Panther finds that Wakandan nationals are being killed off.  One lady was injured but not killed. T’Challa vows to  protect her.

The Kingpin is behind all the attacks. He manipulated the situation to set the Black Panther. The Kingpin believes he can surprise the Black Panther.

T’Challa shows up to the hospital. He finds the guards already killed. He grabs the body of the wounded lady.  He has to dodge numerous projectile being thrown at him. He figure out that he is facing Lady Bullseye. He has to take down several members of the Hand, zombie ninjas who work for the Kingpin. He escaped from Lady Bullseye but to find himself face to face with Typhoid Mary.  

I have really enjoyed the art of that last year of this book.  It had a washed out and faded look that really worked for this story. The cover of this comic has that look but comic itself has a different look to it.  

The art was good and enjoyable. It was fairly clean. It still had a bit of the washed out feel but nothing like most of the previous issues of this year.

Story/Plot: (major spoiler alerts included)
The story was fun. Things have been building to bring the Black Panther into a full confrontation with the Kingpin. This took the first step.  I am looking forward to the conclusion of this plot.  

I have been thoroughly enjoying this series. I planned on only picking up a couple of issues after Daredevil left. In fact, I was hoping to cut my pull list down and believed that Black Panther would be on the top of it.  But instead, I found myself digging it more than I had Daredevil. I am a loyal fan of this series with Black Panther.

This series has been exploring the man of T’Challa.  He no longer has a kingdom to be responsible for but he still feels responsible.  He no longer has the Panther outfit with the Vibranium so he no longer has any powers.

Just as Daredevil had to find himself, T’Challa also had to find himself by becoming his own man.  He is a restaurant owner by day and hero by night. I love the fact that he is still trying to figure it out.
It took me a while to get used to the art in this series.  It had a washed out look to it. After a while, I decided that it was a great look for this series. It really fit with the feel of this series.  

The recent unfortunate news out of Marvel has Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive being canceled in early 2012. It is almost humorous that Black Panther finally gets his own subtitle “The Most Dangerous Man Alive” instead of the previous Daredevil subtitle “Man Without Fear”.  I will miss this comic.

Grade: A-

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