BLACK PANTHER #166-172 (Ta-Nehisi Coates / Kirk, Sprouse)

Cet automne, Marvel Comics donnera le coup d’envoi d’une nouvelle initiative intitulée MARVEL LEGACY. Marvel annonce un retour aux sources, à l’ancienne numérotation des plus vieux titres de son catalogue, des récits qui seront des points d’entrée idéals…un accent mis sur les personnages iconiques mais sans oublier la nouvelle génération du Marvel NOW.
Bref, “de l’espoir, du plaisir, du fun, du sense of wonder” !

Marvel a dévoilé une salve de 52 (!) titres par le biais de couvertures teasers rendant hommage à une illustration passée. La numérotation et les équipes créatives n’ont pas encore été révélées.

La couverture de Black Panther annonce le retour d’un vieil ennemi de Tchalla :

La série Black Panther débutera l’ère LEGACY avec le #166. Le premier arc sera intitulé “Klaw stands supreme”.

Ta-Nehisi Coates : One of the cool things about my Marvel work is they don’t smush you into crossovers. They don’t say, “this is what’s happening so you have to do X, Y, and Z.” They’ve been very open with my work on Black Panther. But history has always been a part of the comic book. I love continuity, I love past Black Panther stuff, I love bringing in history. I think already in the next issue that’s about to come out, you’ll see past characters return. The climax of last “season” had all these former Black Panthers who come aid the country in fighting the rebellion. So it’s not a huge stretch for me to reach back and place him in the context of Legacy in terms of Wakanda. I don’t think it’s as big a deal for Black Panther, because he was already there. I think in the one-shot that Jason Aaron is gonna do, you’ll see explicit stuff about what’s coming and some possible events we’re talking about. Future stuff is gonna be hinted at. There’s a lot of small things that are happening in Wakanda that are connected to a bigger thing that is gonna get teased out in Jason’s story.

BLACK PANTHER #166
TA-NEHISI COATES (W) • LEONARD KIRK (A)
Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 1
Black Panther’s greatest foe has returned – Ulysses Klaw is back and ready for war! Can T’Challa defeat the man who killed his father all while his country struggles to its feet? And as war looms, Wakanda’s gods have disappeared. Enter the Originators! The former gods are back — but what are their intentions for a land that has forgotten them?

Source : www.entertainmentweekly.com

Kirk, maintenant.
La série est bien servi, graphiquement.

Jim

BLACK PANTHER #166
TA-NEHISI COATES (W) • LEONARD KIRK (A)
Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
LH Variant Cover by WES CRAIG
Legacy Headshot Variant Cover by MIKE MCKONE
HOW-TO-DRAW VARIANT COVER BY CHIP ZDARSKY
VARIANT BY RYAN SOOK
Connecting Variant Cover by JENNY FRISON
KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 1
Black Panther’s greatest foe has returned – Ulysses Klaw is back and ready for war! Can T’Challa defeat the man who killed his father all while his country struggles to its feet? And as war looms, Wakanda’s gods have disappeared. Enter the Originators! The former gods are back — but what are their intentions for a land that has forgotten them?
PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Source : www.newsarama.com

BLACK PANTHER #167

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Art by: Leonard Kirk.

Covers by: Brian Stelfreeze.

Description: “Klaw Stands Supreme,” part two. The Black Panther’s greatest enemy springs his trap! And with T’Challa off fighting the former gods of Wakanda, who will come to Ayo and Aneka’s aid? And this is only the beginning. A cadre of villains returns as Wakanda comes to its knees!

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99.

In stores: Nov. 17.

Source : www.comicscontinuum.com

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BLACK PANTHER #168

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Art by: Chris Sprouse.

Covers by: Brian Stelfreeze.

Description: “Klaw Stands Supreme,” part three. All the doors are open. And for the Black Panther, that’s bad news. As monsters pour through strange gateways, T’Challa must defend his country from within. But with Klaw stealing the lifeblood of Wakanda, the king will have to turn to unlikely allies to staunch the tide! Who will join the king’s ill-fated crusade?

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99.

In stores: Dec. 22.

Source : www.comicscontinuum.com

Black Panther #169

Ta-Nehisi Coates (W), Leonard Kirk (A)
Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE Avengers Variant Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 4

  • The Dora Milaje once lost faith in their nation. Can the threat of Ulysses Klaw and a hostile army reunite the king and his guard?
  • Meanwhile, Klaw and his allies set in motion the next stage of their attack! Can Midnight Angels Ayo and Aneka escape to warn their king–or will the mind-controlling Zenzi reach them first?
  • The Black Panther loses ally after ally as Klaw’s powers grow. Legacy continues as T’Challa struggles to keep control!
    32 pages, $3.99.

Source : www.comicscontinuum.com

Black Panther #170

Ta-Nehisi Coates (W), Leonard Kirk (A)
COVER BY PHIL NOTO Hulk VARIANT COVER BY Anna Rud
KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 5

  • With Storm back by his side, T’Challa finally confronts Ras the Exhorter, the mysterious villain summoning dark creatures to Wakanda.
  • But what the Black Panther learns will shake all he believes. Who IS Ras The Exhorter? And what is his connection to T’Challa’s old foes?
  • And to celebrate the release of Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER movie, this issue includes an exclusive interview with the film’s director, Ryan Coogler, and Ta-Nehisi Coates!
    32 pages, $3.99.

Source : www.adventuresinpoortaste.com

BLACK PANTHER #171

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Art by: Leonard Kirk.

Cover by: Brian Stelfreeze.

Description: “Klaw Stands Supreme,” part six. The Black Panther finally meets Ulysses Klaw face-to-face. Will the king lose his country? But Klaw is not the only monster corrupting Wakanda. The gods are still lost - all save one. The true Originator returns!

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99.

In stores: March 28.

Source : www.comicscontinuum.com

BLACK PANTHER #172

Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Art by: Leonard Kirk.

Cover by: Brian Stelfreeze.

Description: “Klaw Stands Supreme,” finale. Klaw and his allies have brought Wakanda to the brink of destruction. To seal the deal, Klaw has summoned a powerful Marvel foe not seen in years. But Black Panther isn’t done fighting yet. He still has a secret weapon: his ex-wife.

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99.

In stores: April 18.

Source : www.comicscontinuum.com

Je viens de lire le TPB regroupant ces épisodes “ancienne numérotation”. Première remarque, l’édition TPB, même si elle affiche des erreurs de crédits en couverture (l’image que je montre cite Leonard Kirk, mais sur l’édition que j’ai, c’est Torres qui est crédité, résultat d’un fâcheux copier-coller depuis le tome précédent), dispose d’une numérotation unique (ça, c’est le tome 5, les quatre tomes précédents reprennent les dix-huit épisodes de la première mouture de Coates, et le tome 6 contient les débuts de l’empire intergalactique), ce qui est quand même cool pour le collectionneur.

Bref, ce tome conclut le premier grand cycle, avec tous les complots politiques et la gestion des frontières du Wakanda, qui a commencé avec les épisodes de Stelfreeze. Alors tout ne m’a pas emballé, notamment le début, mais il faudrait que je relise l’ensemble d’un bloc.
Car plus j’ai avancé dans le récit, et plus j’ai trouvé l’ensemble sympa. Les forces en présence s’équilibrent, les coups de théâtre se succèdent, les vilains surprise (jusqu’au dernier, que je ne pensais pas revoir dans une aventure de la Panthère Noire) sont chouette…
Le seul reproche que je ferai, c’est que les scénarios de Coates sont trop encombrés de récitatifs de voix off, et pas assez de dialogues. Et que, souvent, les personnages parlent tous très bien, avec un langage châtié et une pensée articulée qui ne sonnent pas très naturels.
Mais c’est bourré d’idées, et l’auteur profite de ce pays imaginaire pour créer ou compléter un univers cohérent, s’appuyant sur ce que Priest a proposé, mais en amenant aussi plein de trucs.
Un brin de naturel en plus et ça pourrait devenir un must.

Jim