WATCH THE THRONE
Black Panther #6 (Published by Marvel Comics; Review by Justin Partridge; ‘Rama Rating: 7 out of 10): T’Challa is back on the road toward being a superhero this week in Black Panther #6. While still poetically written and continuing the compelling thread of exploring the facets of T’Challa’s life both on the throne and behind the mask, Ta-Nehisi Coates still can’t seem to make the overarching plot of Shuri’s time in the afterlife stick. In fact, this issue’s energy is quickly sapped away once she appears, despite Coates’ beautiful dialogue for her and Ramonda. Artist Chris Sprouse continues to be an adequate stand in for Brian Stelfreeze, backed by the inks of Karl Story and the rich colors of Laura Martin. Though the energy is somewhat lacking in Issue #6, Sprouse, Story, and Martin make the most of it with tight page layouts and impressive body language throughout. While the opening issues of Black Panther were explosive and kinetic, Black Panther #6 shows that the throne’s grip on this story may be slipping a bit.