Characters Appearing: Black Panther, Kantu, Kazibe, Madame Slay, Monica Lynne, Preyy, Taku, Tayete, Venomm, W'Kabi
Jungle Action #18
Issue(s): Jungle Action #18
This has been a great story and this is a great wrap up.
W'Kabi, injured last issue, has lost an arm. it's been replaced with a bionic version.
Despite his character growth throughout this series, he is unable to patch things up with his wife.
There's also a little action, where Killmonger's lover, Madame Slay, sets a trap for the Black Panther and tries to kill him using Killmonger's leopard Preyy...
...but the focus is really on character development, not action.
Quality Rating: A
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
According to Marv Wolfman, Jungle Action got cancelled due to extremely poor sales, not because of Jack Kirby wanting the Panther for himself. Billy Graham's artwork wasn't well liked around the Marvel offices, but Don McGregor insisted on keeping him. Then-EIC Wolfman constantly requested Don to put in other super-heroes and villains to punch up sales a bit(supposedly Roy Thomas and Len Wein made the same request), but Don wouldn't go for it. Wolfman also stated he hated the conclusion to "Panther's Rage"--he felt Killmonger being tripped by a child made for an unsatisfying climax.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 1, 2012 10:19 PM
The entire point is that it was a child Panther saved, who in turn, saved him.
Those guys couldn't get that?
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | September 19, 2016 4:28 AM
Vin, the problem is that McGregor had Panther survive his climactic fights instead of win them. It's the same thing with Erik Killmonger- he's killed by a dinosaur, not by anything T'Challa did. McGregor did have Panther defeat Elmer Gore but barely,and Gore was basically an ordinary mercenary. McGregor didn't seem to understand that part of agility is the ability to get out of the way when something's coming at you- his Panther took more damage than any other hero. Basically, McGregor made T'Challa look like a third-stringer that has trouble with D-list villains instead of a former Avenger that once defeated the Fantastic Four.
Posted by: Michael | September 19, 2016 7:44 AM
Sorry, I meant... "It's the same thing with Solomon Prey".
Posted by: Michael | September 19, 2016 7:44 AM
It's quite apparent that the hardest-working man or woman in Prince T'Challa's court was the Royal Tailor/Seamstress. Not only for putting together the ornate princely raiments shown in issue #10 (equal parts Ozymandias from "Watchmen", Mexican pro wrestling legend Mil Mascaras sans mask, and El Dorado, short-lived Hispanic hero from the old Saturday morning staple "Super Friends"), but considering how many of the Panther's costumes got shredded in the course of this series. He/she must have worked with one hell of a fabric budget! As his suits got more high-tech over the years, perhaps he got some material from Reed Richards of the "unstable molecules" variety. Anyway, regarding this particular issue: While it may be true, as Mark pointed out in his comment, that Billy Graham's art was not a favorite of Marvel's big shots (if so, I couldn't disagree with them more), his renderings of Madame Slay's leopards are particularly impressive, IMHO.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 11, 2017 11:52 PM
Vin, the problem is that McGregor had Panther survive his climactic fights instead of win them. It's the same thing with Erik Killmonger- he's killed by a dinosaur, not by anything T'Challa did.
The counterargument I've seen is that part of the point of the story is that T'Challa has, in many ways, failed, and that his :"managing to survive" is meant to express this. Early on, we see him neglect the ritual to replenish his Panther powers because Monica barges in and misunderstands, and he decides to comfort her instead of finishing the rites. All of his advisors -- Taku, W'Kabi, and Zamata -- despite their differing temperaments and politics, let him know directly at various points that it is as much his neglect of Wakanda and his self-indulgence that has created the resentment and power vacuum Kilmmonger is exploiting.
Indeed, though the Panther saves Kantu from the rhino, his lack of a decisive response to Killmonger-s rebellion -- waiting around the palace for an attack as if it's Avengers Mansion -- indirectly gets Kantu's father killed by Baron Macabre, a man empowered by an artifact in part of T'Challa's country that he's never even visited and armed with gadgetry stolen from Wakanda's armory literally under T'Challa's nose. And then T'Challa can't even retrieve the body or inform the family for around two days.
T'Challa is the protagonist of the story, but he's not its hero. It's Kantu and Taku who ultimately win the moral victories, and the civil war.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | March 7, 2018 2:51 PM
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