The GeeksverseBlack Panther: The Man Without Fear #513

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513
Published on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: David Liss
Art by: Francesco Francavilla
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Assistant Editors: Pinnelas & Denning
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Covers: A- Simone Bianchi & Simone Peruzzi; B- Francesco Francavilla

It’s an interesting idea replacing Daredevil as Hell’s Kitchen’s protector with the former Black Panther. Not sure why the book is called “Black Panther” when he’s not calling himself that in the book itself and it’s T’Challa’s sister that is the current Black Panther.

Liss does a good job setting the scene, we get an understanding of both the hero and the villian, both perfectly understandable. The reasons that T’Challa takes this path work within the context. Some parts of it don’t work, like him getting illegal help from Foggy Nelson and not from the Avengers. That part doesn’t make sense. It’s not like Steve Rogers would have said no, and would have the strings to pull to make it happen and instead T’Challa puts Nelson into the path of potential trouble, and this being a comic book, it’ll most likely happen.

The narration in the captions is a bit odd. Both T’Challa and Vlad’s captions are in the past tense, which makes it odd when they go along with the action. I do like that Liss spends as much time on the villian as he does on the hero. This makes Vlad a more compelling character as we get a look at him at home and at work. The “secret” of Vlad almost seems out of place in this book. Prior to that revelation, the story had a more noir-ish and less super-heroish tone that was refreshing. Could easily have seen this book as taken place somewhere else then the Marvel Universe.

It was actually kind of disappointing to see super powers appear.

Francavilla’s art is moody and stylish, fitting the tone of the story. Some of the pages don’t flow as well as others, having some jumpiness to them, but the overall work isn’t hurt by the few odd panels here and there.

He colors his own work, helping provide the tone and atmosphere.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513 receives
4 out of 5

Good debut issue for Liss and does a great job of setting the scene.

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