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I'll let a much better writer than I answer the question:

Panther, by definition, would, after several reversals and a great deal
of effort on both their parts, lose to Batman.

Winning and losing are relative terms to Panther. Batman, sensing his
vitcory was contrived by Panther, would deduce he had somehow played
into Panther's hands and would trump Panther's _ultimate_ plan by _not_
doing what Panther was, ultmately, trying to get Batman to do. End of

Letter column.

Pro wrestling ad.

Just before the back cover, there's a brief epilogue showing Panther, in
a hot tub in Wakanda, commenting that his plan worked perfectly.

It would be reversal on reversal on reversal and, in the end, Batman
would win. Which is exactly what Panther wants.

It's a story I'd write for *free.*


I just had a thought which might just make everyone happy.  It hinges on six words:

"What if Killmonger had a brother?"

Kasper Cole, anyone?

It's a great Feat™...

For Wolverine...

  • Stabbed through the chest
  • Use mystical martial arts technique to slow heartbeat & appear dead
  • Plays possum until "healing factor" kicks in.
  • Saves the day by outfighting bad guy and stabbing him through the chest.
If I told you this was the story, would YOU think it was T'Challa?

I haven't been on here for awhile but I'm glad to see you posting here again my friend. 8)

Thanks, brother.  I drift in and out when the spirit moves me.

Me neither.  He was younger than I am.  It is simply not right.

But it is reality, and we can only honor him and move on.

I look at it this way.

How many times are we going to see T'Challa get beaten so he can "appear to lose" before we get to see him actually kicking butt on-panel?

I mean, Khoshu defeated Strange and Iron Fist but they were in perfect health when they were rescued.  Hell, Iron Fist got the living crap beaten out of him, but his ordinary cloth costume was in pristine condition.

Panther though gets his high-tech invulnerable suit torn apart by being whipped by ordinary priests.  (And isn't that a lovely image... the most popular black hero in history being chained up and whipped by a bunch of lighter-skinned guys).

All for a story arc that will likely do little but poison Moon Knight as a character for a few more years.

Black Panther / Re: Exploring the Martial Arts of 'Black Panther' Lore
« on: August 16, 2020, 12:28:13 pm »
The way I see it, there are two styles to discuss.

First, the traditional Wakandan combat style, developed over centuries with little influence from the outside world.  It is primarily a striking style, with spears , swords, and shields as weapons, although there are some motions that attempt to emulate the panther.  The DM and Border Tribe guards use this traditional style.

Then there's the style T'Challa actually *uses*, which is much more eclectic, taking from multiple styles... for example, claw moves from Tiger Style Kung Fu, kicks from Capoeira, and a number of modern submission moves.  He still uses the old-school style on occasion, though. 

Black Panther / Re: Exploring the Martial Arts of 'Black Panther' Lore
« on: August 16, 2020, 09:00:51 am »
Speaking as a student of martial arts history (and a neophyte at a couple of styles), I think knowing a lot of styles is a drawback, not a benefit.  If T'Challa knows Lee as something other than an actor, he'd know that JKD, like other styles before it, was about refining, not accumulating.  As Bruce himself put it:

Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own.

"Incorporating JKD" is missing the point of the style entirely, IMO.

While there may very well be a native Wakandan martial style (and emulating a panther would certainly fit their approach) I could also see T'Challa ignoring the flashier moves, and focusing on the most efficient ways to strike, grapple or throw. 

« on: August 16, 2020, 08:53:55 am »

I can count the good articles at CBR on the fingers of one foot.   I just love seeing inexperienced content providers with poor grammar skills insisting they know better than the team that made the best-selling solo superhero film of all time.

Black Panther / Re: Black Panther - The EMPYRE Strikes Back!
« on: August 16, 2020, 08:52:33 am »
Did someone call my name?

I've basically given up on Marvel Comics, with one exception, and it isn't BP-related.

(For the record, I gave up on DC years ago.)

I just can't trust editorial not to do dumb isht like Empyre or Age of Khonshu, over and over and over.   

Even if BP is playing a long game, do you honestly think the franchise will be treated well in the NEXT Event™?  Or the one after that?  Or the one after that?

They did it.  After 40 years, they broke me. 

Black Panther / Re: RISE OR DIE: Rise of the Black Panther #6
« on: June 09, 2018, 12:12:38 pm »
What four characters do you think should have appeared

I'm sure if you shine a torch on Panther's history, you'll come up with something.  It might be a bit of a stretch, but the answer isn't invisible. :D

Black Panther / Re: RISE OR DIE: Rise of the Black Panther #6
« on: June 09, 2018, 10:43:23 am »
So, Rise Of The Black Panther #6.…

I have good news and bad news.

The good news is, Narcisse is a better writer than Coates, and this issue is probably the strongest of the mini. It holds together pretty well, although there's a bit of handwaving, and the ending is soft. I'm sure some of you will like the feats Evan has T'Challa & Shuri pull off.

The bad news is, it's still not a very good story. Taken as a whole, it reads like a laundry list of cameos and Easter Eggs. There was literally no need for Namor, Doom, or Storm (for example) to appear in this tale at all, other than a desire to portray as many BP supporting characters and rogues as possible. In fact, there are 4 characters that probably SHOULD have been in this, but were foisted off with dialogue.

I would have been much happier if the Killmonger plot had taken center stage more, and there were fewer bits designed to appeal to long-term fans (or folks who liek to memorize handbooks & wiki pages  )

Anyway, I'm not sure I'd follow him to an ongoing. Dude needs more seasoning. But the point is moot, I guess, as TNC has a stranglehold on the main title (Galley Slaves of the Galaxy), and the only spin-off is that Wakanda Forever mini written by Nnedi Okorafor (who I don't particularly care for). So I'm basically done with comics for a while.

Laters, brothers.

Black Panther / Re: Wakanda's Mjlonier
« on: June 03, 2018, 10:30:07 am »
It's my understanding from my lost proficiency in the language [ I used to speak Japanese daily but stopped three decades ago when I moved from San Diego to Downey, where there were no fluent Japanese speakers ], my father and my Okinawan cousins that "Wa Kanda" means "of the region" in Old Japanese, and is a holdover word from the time that the Ainu [ themselves Black Afrikans who gave Japan the entirety of their foundational culture, including the warrior arts and music culture ] arrived. Does that information agree with your source?

Not really.  I don't have a source for Ainu, but "kanda" means "holy field" in regular Japanese.  But anything is possible, I suppose.

Black Panther / Re: Wakanda's Mjlonier
« on: June 03, 2018, 02:54:11 am »
Wakanda, by the way, means "To Ascend", "To Grow Up"[ Wa Kanda ] in Swahili. The above phrase means "Ascend to/Ascension of the Kingdom of the Stars". So I don't give Stan and Co. props for making up the word "Wakanda".

That's odd.  All the online tools I have say "wa kanda" translates to "of the region" in Swahili.  What's your source? 

Alternate derivations of Wakanda include Native American religions and an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel called the Man-Eater from 1915 (which I suspect was derived from the former).

I suspect that Lee/Kirby got the name from the book, as it's highly unlikely either of the two spoke Swahili. ;D

Black Panther / Re: Problem with BP SPOILERS
« on: May 20, 2018, 01:02:33 pm »
I wouldn't want to be throwing cartwheels on the edge of a cliff....

ETA: Actually, since capoeira was originally designed for fighting when outnumbered, it makes sense that he used it against the troops, but used more efficient techniques, including jiujutsu-style grappling, when fighting one-on-one,

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