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Black Panther / Re: Black Panther #25 (Discussion & Full Spoilers)
« on: March 02, 2007, 01:36:35 pm »
Great issue! The art wasn't my favorite of the series but overall it was very entertaining. I wish this issue had come out the same week as CW 7 though.....

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Black Panther / Re: Who Created Vibraxas?
« on: March 02, 2007, 08:13:23 am »
I bought most of 'em when they were out.

Not very good. At all.

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Black Panther / Re: Wakanda going to war with America (post CW)
« on: March 02, 2007, 08:12:49 am »
True. I kind of miss the old "not an asshole" tony stark. But the current stark would do this, I could see it. But T'Challa has shown in the past that he can out-think Stark.

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Panther Politics / Re: My Take On BP and Storm
« on: March 02, 2007, 07:36:00 am »
"You never saw her reading a Terry McMillan novel, or listening to Marvin Gaye, or cornrowing her hair - NOTHING!"

Well, I do think that it's not unreasonable that *some* black characters might not do any of those things or anything else that might be generally viewed as "black." I work with an African-American lady who listens to country music, votes Republican and certainly doesn't read Terry McMillan. That's just how she is, you know? If she were a fictional character, would she be lambasted for not being "black enough?" I would hope not. Now, I do like the changes that have been made to Storm -- because Claremont women tend to be ueber-babes with the same personality over and over again.

I'm not arguing with the basic truths of your point (that black characters tend to be downgraded to 'black' books and storylines) but I don't necessarily think that the fact that Storm didn't do what you view as traditionally black things makes her a poorly written character. Maybe that's just the way that girl *is* you know?

And yes, I am a white male who enjoys Black Panther -- so perhaps my views are skewed in that direction, though certainly not intentionally. I think it's great that the BP series is reaching out to readers beyond the same WASP group that they've catered to for years. And I appreciate that Reggie is able to do that while simultaneously pleasing someone like myself who does fit into that catered-to audience.

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Black Panther / Re: Who Created Vibraxas?
« on: March 02, 2007, 06:53:15 am »
I believe he was created by Tom DeFalco but I could be wrong. I do know that you're right -- his Fantastic Force appearances all predate his use by Priest in the BP series.

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Black Panther / Re: Wakanda going to war with America (post CW)
« on: March 02, 2007, 06:51:05 am »
A war between the U.S. and Wakanda could be interesting -- but the Americans obviously didn't study history 'cause nobody successfully invades Wakanda!

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Panther Politics / Re: Do you read newuniversal?
« on: February 20, 2007, 12:05:58 pm »
I bought the first two issues but they did nothing for me. I can't remember the last time Ellis wrote something I liked....

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Black Panther / Re: Why I like Marvel: The Hudlin/Bendis connection
« on: February 16, 2007, 07:28:17 am »
I really dislike Bendis' writing style and the way he alters characters to fit the story as opposed to the other way around. Personally, I quake in fear at what he'd do to Brother Voodoo.... But to each their own. I enjoy Reggie's work more than Bendis'.

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Black Panther / Re: Reg Zombies? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
« on: February 13, 2007, 06:29:35 am »
Zombies rock. Amongst the coolest monsters ever. Something about them skeeves me out in a way that other things (vamps, werewolves, etc.) just don't.

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I do miss the old Dora Milaje from the Priest series, I have to admit. But I think -- if presented the way they used to be -- they'd kick the butt of the Black Widow.

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Thanks, Mr. Hudlin!

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Well, as a white reader (and recent convert to the series), the reason I'd avoided it until recently was because I'd heard about the series ignoring or invalidating continuity, the reggie didn't care about respecting the past, etc. After I finally tried the book, I really, really liked it -- but that's why *I* used to avoid the series. It certainly wasn't because the title character and most of his cast were black. Now, I'm certain that -- sadly -- there *are* some white readers who might do that, but I would think it's not the majority. I hope not, anyway!

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General Discussion / The HEF New Members Processing Facility
« on: February 01, 2007, 10:39:17 am »
I admit it... I heard all these negative things about the Panther series and how it dissed continuity and such. I ranted and raved without ever having read the book. So I picked up # 23 on a lark... and I liked it. Enough so that I bought # 24... and I liked that one, too! I found these issues much better than the Priest run and I've added it to my pull list.

Consider me converted.

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