Daily Archives: December 19, 2010

The Cat Came Back

Variant coverBlack Panther: The Man Without Fear
“Urban Jungle”
Writer: David Liss
Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Cover artists: Simone Bianchi & Simone Peruzzi/Francesco Francavilla (variant)
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99 US

I wasn’t planning on picking up this title. Daredevil and Black Panther are such disparate characters, I couldn’t see how this creative team could continue with the same plotlines, themes or general atmosphere of Daredevil, even if this title maintains the same setting and numbering. The manager of my local comic shop had put this in my pull file, since I had DD on my list. I was about to put it back, but at the last minute, I changed my mind and decided to have a look. I can’t say I was disappointed. Novelist David Liss does something a bit different with the title character, and he focuses his story on the varying experiences of immigrants in America. I enjoyed the art as well, as the dark visuals suit the tone for which the writer strives. Still, in the end, too many elements seemed overly familiar. Liss has dressed up a typical street-vigilante story in some new clothes, but they can’t hide its predictability.

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