In 2005, writer Reginald Hudlin and John Romita, Jr. rebooted T’Challa, starting in Wakanda, and showing him as the most cunning of hunters.
The first arc, “Who is the Black Panther,” gets a bad rap from a lot of Black Panther fans, but I don’t understand why. It redfines the character as a National leader, reminding readers of the really old Panther tales, but also shows how he’s not a B-lister. He’s a major player who can even take Captain America!
The rest of the run suffers from lack of John Romita, Jr., who created a real sense of danger. In fact, as soon as he leaves Hudlin starts turning Panther into a wisecracking action hero, which doesn’t really work.
Oh well. Read the first few issues, and the last few–which we’ll talk about next time.