Writer: Christopher Priest
Artists: Bart Sears and Rob Hunter
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The one problem that I had on occasion with Christopher Priest's work on the "Black Panther" is that there were times when T'Challa was shown to have been in full control of the situation all along, and that no matter how clever the big, bad villain seemed to be, T'Challa was waiting for them at the finish line ready to reveal that they were little better that pawns that performed exactly the actions he expected them to. Now while this makes the hero out to be an exceptionally clever fellow the downside is that the villains become little better than plot devices than active participants, as nothing they have done looks to have knock our hero off his game.
Now this idea makes it's arrival in this final chapter as Captain America and the Falcon appear to have had a cunning plan in motion the entire time, and while I'll concede that Captain America is a masterful strategist, his real strength lies in his ability to jump into a situation cold and instantly arrange his pieces on the board, and as such there's something wrong about the idea that Captain America would actively plot out his actions, especially when a key part of the plan would seem to endangering the life of
a civilian. I also have to issue a complaint about the way that this issue brings the action to a halt so the characters can offer up an extended debate on how far is too far when it comes to protecting the American way of life, as frankly this dialogue exchange was too longwinded to readily accept that it would be one that could conceivably be carried out in the midst of a heated combat. I just found it difficult to believe that Christopher Priest couldn't have tightened up this dialogue considerably.
Whatever loyalty that Bart Sears managed to build up during his run on "Justice League Europe" took a serious blow with his amateurish work on the previous "Spider-Woman" series, and as such a return to this loosely structured, ill-defined style on this issue has pretty much convinced me that Bart Sears is a name that will cause me to put a book back on the shelf. This is an awful looking issue, and it's exactly the type of confusing art that a Christopher Priest written title doesn't need, as one needs to be able to follow the art to make sense of his elaborately structured stories.
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