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In the wake of Shadowland, there's a new protector of Hell's Kitchen!He has no kingdom, no Vibranium and no high-tech safety net - just bloody knuckles and the will to prove himself in a foreign land where the fiercest of jungle predators stalks the most dangerous urban prey! His name is T'Challa - and in the aftermath of Shadowland, he will create a new life, a new identiIn the wake of Shadowland, there's a new protector of Hell's Kitchen!He has no kingdom, no Vibranium and no high-tech safety net - just bloody knuckles and the will to prove himself in a foreign land where the fiercest of jungle predators stalks the most dangerous urban prey! His name is T'Challa - and in the aftermath of Shadowland, he will create a new life, a new identity, and learn what it is to be a different kind of hero. But with Daredevil gone, the bad guys are coming out to play, and a new nemesis - Vlad the Impaler - plots his bloody rise to power. Be there as national best-selling author and Edgar Award-winner David Liss and pulp master Francesco Francavilla (Zorro, Green Hornet) craft a shocking new chapter for the world's most dangerous man! Guest-starring Luke Cage and Spider-Man!Collecting: Black Panther: The Man Without Fear 513-518 & material from X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Spotlight...

Title : Black Panther: The Man Without Fear, Volume 1: Urban Jungle
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Black Panther: The Man Without Fear, Volume 1: Urban Jungle Reviews

  • Aaron
    2019-03-14 06:36

    I very much wanted to give this a higher rating, just based on Francesco Francovilla's fantastic, moody artwork, but I just can't. David Liss is an atrocious writer, to the point that I started to feel sorry for him. As in, I thought maybe he had a learning disability? That isn't a joke or a slam. I genuinely felt awkward reading this, wondering if I was being critical of a person who didn't have a full grasp of language. I went and looked up information about him to be sure he was actually an author, and not, I don't know, a Make-a-Wish child? Guys, these are real concerns I had. I mean no harm to people with learning disabilities or Make-a-Wishers, two groups of people that can probably actually write better than, apparently, New York Times Bestselling Historical Fiction Author David Liss. I just could not fathom that a person with that credential could be this bad of a writer.Every line of dialogue is terrible. Every line. His characters all sound like children who have just learned to speak. "Hello. How are you today? I am good." That's basically what we're dealing with. That, or a child who says stuff like "This is rad, yo" to prove that he is young and has listened to a hip hop song in the past. Also, the child character I'm referring to just stops talking like that at one point and never goes back. I'd say it's for the best, but he just keeps saying stuff like "I will prove to my father that I am a good son" out loud to himself when no one else is around, so it's not a great trade-off.Beyond this, Liss seems to think making characters speak in distinctly stereotypical cadences gives them character. His main villain, a Romanian mobster named Vlad the Impaler (a name he got because he likes to throw spears into people even when it is not convenient or practical), speaks with ridiculous Eastern European grammatical mistakes (only slight exaggeration: "I have surprise for you. I am very bad man who kill you now.") and no larger grasp on English or the ability to sound threatening. It makes him sound like a complete idiot every time he opens his mouth, and makes it impossible to actually fear him.He also has T'Challa speak in a super weird, flat English that doesn't use any contractions or words with more than a couple of syllables. As such, T'Challa also sounds like a little boy who just learned English. I mean, I know he's from Africa and English isn't his first language, but he's also a genius and was on the Avengers? I think he gets English enough to speak it fluently.Everything just reads SO FLAT, especially the story itself. In the wake of Shadowland, Vlad the Impaler is making a ploy to become the new leader of crime in Hell's Kitchen. Turns out he is both A) a super soldier and B) has an ability to convert matter into energy or whatever. Basically he's Captain Gambit with a goofy accent. Anyway, he basically just goes around killing people with no plan, and Black Panther just keeps trying to stop him from killing people. There are no stakes, no payoff, no plot twists.Well, there's one ATTEMPT at a plot twist. It turns out that a person who was living next door to T'Challa is a serial killer. Why did I not put spoiler tags there? BECAUSE THERE'S NO SETUP FOR IT. It's like Liss was like "Oh, wait, this story is boring. Maybe there should be a serial killer? Sure. Let's both introduce and solve the crime in the same gasp of breath." It is one of the dumbest twists I have ever seen in my life.In any case, I'm glad Black Panther didn't last long as the guardian of Hell's Kitchen. Far as I know, he's only there for one more trade, which I have and I guess will read just to see if it can possibly get any worse. I doubt it!

  • James DeSantis
    2019-02-22 05:42

    Well this was pretty much unreadable. Just really bland and boring character development. Also...going from KING to Street level hero felt like such a step down and almost a disgrace to the character built up mythos. I was really let down by this. Also the dialog is AWFUL and reminds me of why sometimes authors who write only books shouldn't do comics. It doesn't mix well. Skipppppppppp!

  • John Wiswell
    2019-03-23 22:52

    This premise bordered on offensive, but then Black Panther has been offensive for a long time. He’s the proud African prince who is as able-bodied as Captain America, a better fighter than Wolverine and has greater science than the Fantastic Four. If he meets Iron Man, it turns out he has a suit of armor that’s just as good (he’s never used it before, it’s just here now). He was retconned into a romance with the X-Man Storm, an actually interesting character, presumably because she was the highest profile black woman Marvel could marry him off to. Especially in recent years he’s read more like Chasing Amy’s White Hating Coon than a rounded character.Then Marvel took this proud prince from his space-age Africa, stripped all his gadgets, made him shut his wife out and abandon his home. Now he owns a diner in New York City. Black Panther’s new job? Take care of Hell’s Kitchen, a tiny sliver of the city, while Daredevil is away. Before the story was even printed, Marvel Comics advertised that he’d be redesigned with a red, white and blue motif.So if Black Panther didn’t offend you before, he probably would now. So the biggest surprise is learning how good the story actually is.That Black Panther: Man Without Fear boggles the mind until you assess why it works. The eponymous hero is still a brooding wall of a man who can beat up most people and refuses to express himself. With a promise to expand him later, David Liss builds a world around him. Few mainstays actually come from the pages of Daredevil. The arch-villain is Vlad the Impaler, a Romanian immigrant who is seizing power in criminal circles. He used to be a strong-arm for the Kingpin. Now, brutalizing other surviving gang leaders, he’s got a chance to take over. We presume he’s a prop to be knocked over in an issue or two. However, his wife may be unfaithful, and a serial killer has targeted his family. His elder son is scheming to duplicate his powers and usurp the family business. Shakespearian tragedy seems to swarm around them. Even if the bad guy goes down, this drama will unfurl. Black Panther walks into Vlad’s mess.The diner and apartment building serve as spawning grounds for other worthwhile characters. Panther’s employees are afraid of him. One catches him after a battle with Vlad and sees his face. What does she do?No, she doesn’t blackmail him.No, she doesn’t fall in love.Instead, she backs him up in his double identity. She recognizes his motives and provides alibis or talks down potential love conflicts. She goes deliberately against type, speaking to why the cast works. When a fellow tenant pines over Black Panther, you think she’s a token love interest – but her next scene is as a social worker trying to save a battered child. These are people whose actions are distinct from typical superhero comics, or who simply have more life to them than you’d expect. When Spider-Man drops by (possibly to fool you into buying the book), Liss writes him as incessantly helpful. He doesn’t care that Panther’s mission is to prove himself alone, because Spider-Man’s mission is to save lives and people are dying in Hell’s Kitchen. He brings a little necessary humor to Panther’s faceless straight-man. He and Luke Cage also bring a necessary question against this premise: why is he doing this, and is self-discovery worth it? By putting a spotlight on problem, the character has a potential for growth, though it isn’t realized in this volume. You trust that Liss will make him grow out of the rich soil he’s spread through the rest of the cast.Artists switched during this book, which is normally a shame. But the issues are unified by a central color pallet of red, orange, brown and black, something stark enough but wide enough to accommodate Francesco Francavella’s Paul-Dini-like retro style in one issue and Jefte Paulo’s streamlined John-Romita-Jr.-type in another. The limited pallet also accentuates the few unusual elements, like Vlad’s electric blue energy attacks. They pop from what we’re used to seeing and feel special, an unusual effect in a world of thousands of super-powered characters.The big trick is for impending volumes. Liss has nailed a cast, setting and sense of street-level drama. But can he crack open the brooding bad-ass and develop him into an interesting character? Making him The American Panther seems like a terrible choice. But then, so did making him babysit Daredevil’s backyard. After this success, the creative team deserves the chance. I’ll certainly be reading.

  • Mike
    2019-03-15 22:42

    Ugh, couldn't handle the writing. Sounds like someone writing the cadence and vocabulary choices of what you'd *think* non-English natives would sound like if you never knew such people but only observed the bad facsimile on TV.Not to mention the bad clichés and things people would never *say* to themselves let alone others.Art was pretty good.All in all not enough to keep me interested, so I gave up halfway through. Read the last page - no great surprises there, so I didn't miss much.

  • Meepelous
    2019-03-13 00:41

    Not as racially conscious as other Black Panther comics, I enjoyed this comic at least a few more stars then other Goodreads reviews tell me I should have because apparently, the dialog is horrible. But that also serves as a good reminder that comics themselves are only half of what goes into anyone's reading experience, the other half is what you and I bring to the table as readers. So, sub-par dialog or no, the following is a list of things that I found interesting about this graphic novel.First off, let's talk about the location, while I will admit that seeing Black Panther outside of the context of being King of Wakanda is not actually totally unique, it was for me when I first picked up this volume. Seeing T'Challa without his usual tech felt like I was getting a more well-rounded view of the man behind the mask as it were. It certainly didn't hurt that I have watched most of the Netflix series as well and already feel connected to Hell's Kitchen.Next, I want to bring up the villain's eastern European accent. By the end of the volume I certainly felt like it was getting on my nerves as much as any of the one-star reviewers, especially considering that eastern European immigrants have faced their own set of hurdles in America, but I did have an interesting time reading a bit more into it at first then just cliche supervillain.While not news to some of you, it is always important to keep in mind how accents and learning English as a second language is often used in comics to make none white none Americans seem less intelligent, often in the name of authenticity. In this volume, both T'Challa and Vlad are apparently foreigners to the United States of America, and I did find it interesting that for once the white one pulled the short end of the accent stick. Not totally implausible since we are supposed to be rooting for Black Panther, but interesting.Another common complaint that did not bother me, this time at all, was the idea that without his Wakanda tech T'Challa is basically just another Batman knockoff. This is a fairly common crisis for most superhero fans at some point in their reading career, that is the point where they realize that most of these superheroes are hugely derivative of one another. And while I do feel this can sometimes be the basis of legitimate critique, like turning Green Arrow into Batman, perhaps hypocritically I do not see it being a legitimate critique for this volume. Because while some of the outside accouterments are very similar, and they are both more than a little bit grumpy, their social economic situation (at least at this point in time) is completely different - just to name one example.Having already come to the realization that nothing in this life is truly original, particularly when it comes to superheroes, it is often most interesting to look at a situation over and over again with only slight (but deliberate) differences. Much as how I talked about this different sort of plot helped me feel like I knew T'Challa better, I could also say that seeing T'Challa play a Batman like role helps me to understand Batman's archtype better. I also thought the female villain played out fairly well, although this hasn't been the focus of much if any critique, so your thoughts are always welcome. The gritty noir-style art felt fitting and more dramatic than some and the lack of female objectification was very nice. This volume was more than entertaining enough to keep me flipping through.A solid average in as much as I can be completely unbiased, I did enjoy this comic a bit more then average.

  • Jdetrick
    2019-02-23 01:58

    I like the more stripped down version of the Panther, and I like the multiple plots going on here. However, I'm not a big fan of the villain of the piece, who seems very interesting, and then has his personality change completely over the course of the story for what seemed like no reason. There's also some crazy conveniences here that don't quite work.

  • Al
    2019-03-04 22:54

    Everything that makes Black Panther special, take it a way, and meh. Marvel's Batman-lite.

  • Arielle
    2019-03-16 05:56

    It was fine. Just not my cup of tea. The latest run of Black Panther is much more appealing to me.

  • Craig
    2019-03-25 02:45

    Even Francesco Francavilla can’t save this one.

  • Chris
    2019-02-28 04:58

    I loved the idea of putting Black Panther into Hells Kitchen but it didn't seem to work too well. The dialogue is frustrating as the main villain Vlad speaks in broken English and it wears thin after the first issue and its not the only instance. Although small having a heavily dreaded gang leader saying "mon" seems to show Liss is keen on racial stereotypes. The best part of this book is probably when Spiderman intervenes which is worrying, T'challa is such a interesting character he should be able to maintain a solo story without needing other heroes to make it interesting. You can probably give this a miss.

  • Nicholas Ahlhelm
    2019-02-27 00:54

    A lot has been written about historical fiction author David Liss and his recent turn to pulp in Mystery Men from Marvel Comics. While that book was great (and will certainly get a review in a future edition of this column), the focus today falls on his other great new pulp book.I’m talking, of course, about Black Panther: The Man Without Fear.For the past several years, Marvel’s premiere African hero has been presented as a noble African king and a great technologist. He beat up Captain America and showed that he could take on anyone in the Marvel Universe.Now things have changed. Banished from his own kingdom, without his panther powers or his high tech weapons, T’Challa agrees to take Daredevil’s place as defender of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. With only a slightly tweaked costume, he sets out to do his duty and prove his worth to himself.While he establishes a new secret identity as the head of a small diner, he comes into conflict with the criminal now ruling over the area. Vlad “the Impaler” Dinu not only controls his territory with an iron fist, but he also has the power to generate energy and throw it as deadly javelins.The first arc is all about Panther rediscovering his powers and learning how to work as a vigilante hero in New York. The six chapters of the story move at a frenetic pace as T’Challa goes from a typical street vigilante to a master strategist working to fight crime in his city.The conflict ultimately draws in the Panther’s friends, allies and all of Dinu’s extended family, which all boils down to a brutal confrontation between the hero and his new foe.The story is perfectly paced pulp, even with the few random Marvel hero cameos thrown in. Artist Francesco Francavilla may be the quintessential pulp comic artist, as he regularly shows his pulp influences both inside Black Panther’s pages and on his art blog, aptly named Pulp Sunday.Black Panther: The Man Without Fear is the perfect title for anyone that likes their pulp characters melded with the superhuman. The first trade collection, “Urban Jungle” collects the Panther’s full battle with Vlad. It’s well worth a purchase. Recommended.

  • M
    2019-03-02 22:53

    David Liss and Francesco Francavilla team up to bring a new protector into the Hell's Kitchen of the Marvel Universe. After a devastating war with Doctor Doom, T'Challa has abdicated the Wakandan throne for the urban jungles of New York City. Asked to watch over Daredevil's neighborhood while the Man Without Fear heals his own broken soul, the former Black Panther stalks the night with a new purpose. Relying solely on himself, the Panther must bring down new mob boss Vlad the Impaler in order to arrest the chaos. Liss does a fine job of injecting T'Challa with the right mix of ego and hubris; readers can relate to wanting to prove something to themselves on their own - even at the risk of failure. Francavilla's linear art style provides a great look at an urban neighborhood's grit and grime, bringing the city itself to life as a character. The only complaint is the Romanian mob boss Vlad, who fails to measure up as a true threat or functional character. He instead serves solely as a necessary foil for the Black Panther's first arc. Luckily, the jungle drums of Kraven are not far behind! Do not be afraid - give this volume a chance!

  • Jeffrey Jelmeland
    2019-02-26 04:42

    The Black Panther character has always been a background character in other stories that I have read over the years, but never in my experience has he headlined his own series, so this was an interesting journey for me. I found the writing to be very mature and well written, and by mature I am not talking about being full of foul language but rather in the sense of being well handled, and a sign of maturity on the part of the writer. Honestly, something of a rarity in this market, so finding a writer with a clean, mature writing style is a rare gem to be treasured. The artwork is dark and moody, and is basically the sort of work you would expect in a Batman or Daredevil book. As Black Panther is taking over for Daredevil and patrolling Hells Kitchen I suppose this artwork is perfectly appropriate for the style of book that we have here. Honestly, I am not a super fan of the dark and moody style, even when it fits, but I found that I really didn't mind it when reading this book.In the end I found myself very satisfied with the read and looking forward to the next volume.

  • J.L. Scritchfield
    2019-03-09 03:00

    I really enjoyed the premise of this story. In fact, it's what hooked me without any prior knowledge of Black Panther or his relationship to Matt Murdock/ Daredevil. Unfortunately, I don't think the story quite lived up to the uniqueness of its premise. T'Challa, newly deprived of his throne, money, and equipment, takes the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen in replacement of Daredevil (who has gone on a vision quest). He is met with a great deal of crime (as expected) and a super powered adversary in the form of Vlad the Impaler (not the historical one). Vlad proves to be the weakest part of this story. His background as an immigrant working to make a better life for his family (with crime, murder, and evilness) is less than compelling, and his ruthlessness comes off as more cliche than menacing. Bottom line: I liked this story, but I won't be revisiting it. It was worth the $5 I paid for it, but I wouldn't have paid full price for it. Pick it up from your local library, but save the space on your shelf for something more deserving.

  • Michael
    2019-03-12 02:41

    A fun little Black Panther story. I've never been much of a Panther fan. The only other time I read the comic was when T'Challa wasn't in the suit. A police officer in New York found it and was using it. This story reminds me a lot of that early 2000's comic. Panther is in New York fighting for the streets. He's not an Avenger fighting Kang. He doesn't have superpowers. He's just one man against the darkness of the city.I like how the story picks up after shadowland. Matt is going to find himself after failing. Panther is looking to find himself too. He needs to know that he can still do good in the world, but by himself. He meets the new top crime boss of Hell Kitchen, Vlad the Impaler. Plus there's a serial killer in hell's kitchen. Luke Cage and Spider-Man are on Panther's back trying to get him admit he needs help. All Panther wants is a chance to prove himself. He was an Avenger long before either of these guys where. He fought tougher villains. He just needs sometime.

  • Amber
    2019-02-28 01:55

    This book earns 3 stars because the artwork alone should get 5; the coloring is absolutely stunning for 4 out of 5 of the issues (different colorist at the midpoint). As for the story, the dialogue was jagged and Black Panther as a street level hero post-royalty isn't all that interesting. I found the experiments on Brian the most interesting, and intrigue about his outcome is the only thing that remained for me at the end of the story. The intervention of Spider-Man and Luke Cage was entertaining, but the ultimate villain, Vlad the Impaler, was underwhelming. He slowly becomes mad over the course of the story, despite his character claiming early on that he would not do exactly that. At the slightest setbacks he seems to reverse his feelings and, though this might have been interesting, it fell fairly flat.

  • David L. Grant
    2019-03-25 04:38

    EhThis book is all right but it's not the Black Panther I'm used to. I get that he doesn't have any powers anymore but the 9th smartest man in the world is broke and not smart enough to create and build better weaponry. Somethings he does granted are relatively amazing but with such a legacy to follow from his previous reign as king of Wakanda, this makes me feel like they wrote this just to create another daredevil for the time being and to have something to do with this character when there is such a wealth in the background of the character that still needs to be fleshed out and built upon in terms of his world. Having recently read "A Nation Under Our Feet." Book 1, I'm glad the legacy of this character is in good hands.

  • Eric Piotrowski
    2019-03-17 02:56

    I like the Afrocentric focus of the Black Panther comics. In a landscape where most superheroes are white guys, it's nice to see some racial diversity in the mix. Alas, unlike the Black Panther series done by Christopher Priest, this selection is totally removed from Wakanda and focuses entirely on dark city streets in the US. It's basically the Black Panther doing a run as Daredevil, which is about as interesting as it sounds (not very). Some of the dialogue is good, there are a few worthwhile moments, and the characters are overall intriguing.But it's not a must-read at all. Better than average, but not by much.

  • Rick
    2019-03-15 02:36

    While this was not the best take on the Black Panther, it ranks among the better. The art made up for most of the failures in the characterization of T'Challa and it is a good read regardless. I would have happily given this four stars, but having T'Challa act like a neophyte instead of the experienced and confident veteran that he is was difficult to swallow. New readers probably won't mind at all - but T'Challa, even without the backing of his former wealth and country, is not someone to be taken lightly. Given time I think Liss could get a better handle on that and his take on the Panther could soar to the heights and glories that he deserves.

  • Sean
    2019-03-01 04:58

    T'Challa taking Daredevil's place in Hell's Kitchen, even with the recent events in Wakanda, makes no sense whatsoever. That being said this isn't a bad book. I understand the need to reevaluate ones self but these actions aren't feasible in this world. I enjoyed the plot involving a new threat to the Kitchen but the dialogue was a bit stiff. The art was perfectly suited to the darker elements of the book and the next volume is set up extremely well. Overall, there are some high and low points but its worth a look.

  • Alana
    2019-03-03 07:00

    This book is so badly written that the only way to deal with the first issue is to imagine every character speaking like Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls. I wouldn't say Liss finds his stride during the run so much as he gets slightly less worse. The art sometimes sucked too (she has a tattoo; draw it), but I liked some of the characters and the idea, and I like to save my single stars for very very very bad works. This is just bad.

  • Nazary
    2019-03-12 06:49

    A really great story arc that plays out with lots of surprises. Most comic book arcs are predictable and cliche but here the twists are fairly novel. T'challa as the main character doesn't really fill out the protagonist and seems only there but thankfully the supporting cast makes up for his woodenness.

  • Chompa
    2019-03-22 23:54

    Black Panther is a character I've always really enjoyed, so I decided to try this run. I'll say right now, I'm not sure what happened to T'Challa to have him lose his powers and leave Wakanda, but it was interesting to see him set up as the protector of Hell's Kitchen while Daredevil was away. Sadly, this was a bit of a disappointment.

  • Xhale
    2019-03-03 01:02

    It's difficult seeing T'Challa as vulnerable as he is in this series. But after Doomwar there weren't many options for the direction of his character. Unfortunately it displayed how prideful he is to a fault.

  • Kurt
    2019-03-07 04:03

    A little contrived at points, but entertaining. Love the art.

  • Harvey
    2019-02-25 01:44


  • Addison
    2019-03-15 05:55

    This was my first Black Panther story and I was pretty pleased with this. I will admit that it did not blow me away but now I do want to read more Black Panther stories.