Characters Appearing: Black Panther, Daredevil, M'Koni (Mary) Wheeler, Wheeler
Issue(s): Daredevil #245
Daredevil shows up to stop the beating, and Wheeler just observes the fight, noting Daredevil's prowess and thinking that years ago he could have gone a few rounds with Daredevil. Wheeler then steals money from the mob guys and runs away as Daredevil takes the other victim to the hospital.
Wheeler just gambles all his money away, but Daredevil tracks him down later and finds him contemplating selling a suit of Wakandan battle armor.
We learn that Wheeler used to be a soldier in Wakanda.
Wheeler decides he's unable to sell the suit, despite money troubles and the fact that his wife Mary hasn't been out of the bedroom in days.
Since Mary is the Black Panther's cousin, their son Billy calls T'Challa.
Panther is unhappy with Wheeler's money troubles and demands to see his cousin. Wheeler refuses, and their argument triggers Wheeler to dust off the old battle suit and go on a rampage.
Wheeler is actually trying to get himself killed, and the Black Panther isn't happy that DD is interfering. He does jump in to help DD...
...but they get into an argument about it afterwards...
...and then a fight.
Daredevil manages to beat the Black Panther and prevent Wheeler's death.
Daredevil convinces Black Panther to let Wheeler try for redemption. The Panther is unconvinced...
...but doesn't resist further.
And then a way too happy ending.
I liked seeing the Black Panther, who has ties to Daredevil, again, and it's an interesting sort of story if you can dismiss some of the weird behavior as being because of a different moral system in Wakanda. It's interesting that Ann Nocenti is 8 or so issues into her run and hasn't developed any kind of overarching storyline. We're just dealing with morality tales; it's more like there's an overarching theme than an overarching plot.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Its interesting to hear that Black Panther and Daredevil have some ties... Seeing how Black Panther becomes Hell's Kitchen's protector in his place after Shadowland.
Posted by: Max_Spider | April 4, 2014 5:35 PM
Daredevil and Black Panther's friendship goes way back. See Daredevil #52, Daredevil #69 (and surrounding Avengers issues), and Daredevil #92. I considered making those issues References but there's just a general comment about them having shared adventures. So yeah, the post Shadowland storyline where BP even picked up DD's numbering made perfect sense.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 4, 2014 6:29 PM
Aw thanks man. I know I could have probably just used your cross-character search engine, but thats real helpful of you. :)
I remember there being teaser images for a new potential "Man Without Fear" at that time, showing Kraven, Nova, Gambit and Falcon... Don't suppose any of them have any reasons I might be unaware of?
I'm aware that Black Panther did fight Kraven during his role of protecting Hell's Kitchen though...
Posted by: Max_Spider | May 10, 2014 12:58 PM
I'm not aware of any specific reason. The Falcon is a fellow street-level hero, and i guess Gambit's connection with (a different) Assassin's Guild might have been interesting in light of Daredevil's takeover of the Hand at the time. Nova sure seems like an outlier!
Posted by: fnord12 | May 11, 2014 10:03 AM
Amazing Heroes #115 joke listing: "The Man Without Fear faces his most frightening challenge yet--his 1040 income tax form!"--Nocenti/A. Phillin/Williamson
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 13, 2014 5:07 PM
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