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Kieran Frost

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Subj: My Two Cents...
Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 02:15:12 pm EDT (Viewed 197 times)
Reply Subj: Why Aren't Black Panther & Storm More Popular?
Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 09:11:53 am EDT (Viewed 29 times)

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What exactly would it take to make Panther and Storm top-tier characters...not only in the Marvel Universe but in society's collective mind?

What would it take to make society stop and say "Wow...Panther and Storm are cool!" \(\?\)

As a big fan of Storm, I have tried to read Black Panther (during Civil War and I think once after). Both times I was not very impressed or interested. Part of the problem, I'm sure, was I support the Registration Act, and Black Panther was very much against it; and his "arrogance" against it was off putting. I did very much enjoy the Storm: World's Apart, which was mostly set in Wakanda. But it was Storm heavy (yey) and written by Craig Yost (double yey!). I have had NO desire to see/care/find out who the female Black Panther is, since it's obviously not Storm. I wish they had kept Gentle in Wakanda, as a supporting cast member.

But frankly, I don't see why it "should" be popular? What's it about? What is its goal? What does it promote/fight for/debate? Who are the supporting cast/is there even a supporting cast? Is T'Challa even a good king? Isn't his constant journey into battle irresponsible, as king? I just don't have any real desire to pick up the comic, I can't really say why; other than a lack of general interest. Not all characters make a good solo comic; and maybe that's the case with Black Panther. I absolutely LOVE the character of Emma Frost, BUT I wasn't even tempted to pick up her solo comic (the porn magazine covers defiantly caused a negative in my eyes). She works amazingly when she has a team to bounce off; the same is true of Storm. I can't speak for the Black Panther, I would love for him to be back in the Avengers.

I think... maybe... part of the problem is I don't feel the comic is "about" him being king, and that's the one thing that makes it different from other comics. It should be oozing political intrigue, court debate, court battles, political struggles;, political rivals, family feuds, manipulation, danger, Hellfire Club, the full bang. Instead it's "yet another super-hero, oh and he's king, by the way". It just seems uninteresting and wasteful.

I don't think my "thoughts" helped answer this much. I do think edlove's post was VERY correct on almost everything. I'd listen to him. \:\)

P.S. I do remember it had a Bush-bashing moment, which I don't appreciate (I'm not a Bush supporter, but nor do I want the writer parading his views on the President in a comic).

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