Fight For Your Memories With Black Panther #9

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
T’Challa and Nakia are above Planet Agwe, home to N’Yami’s people: the Teku-Maza. A civil war is underway, and T’Challa and Nakia hope to retrieve the Jengu to restore the memories of those enslaved by the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda. They are tasked by Jafari with freeing the Jengu from the dissidents that seek to hand it over to the empire. However, not all is at it seems, and the leader of the dissidents, named Farouk, has a different story for T’Challa and Nakia.

Black Panther #9 cover by Daniel Acuna
Black Panther #9 cover by Daniel Acuna

Black Panther #9 takes a digression from the main story of “The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda” to deal with the struggles of the Teku-Maza.
It of course still deals with the struggle to regain the memories of the Maroons and other slaves of the empire.
There is a twist when Nakia and T’Challa meet Farouk. He has a more complete story of the Jengu and its role on Agwe. Moreso, he has accusations to level at Jafari and his relationship with the late N’Yami.
The fact that Farouk shares a name with the X-Men villain, the Shadow King does seem intended to give the reader pause in the viability of his story–especially given that shared names like N’Jadaka, Nakia, and M’Baku have proven relevant so far.
Black Panther #9 art by Kev Walker, Stephane Paitreau, and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
Black Panther #9 art by Kev Walker, Stephane Paitreau, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Kev Walker’s artwork is always appreciated by yours truly, and it proves a boon to Black Panther #9 too. His gritty and expressive style gives texture to the Agwe struggle and the dedication of the Marroons. The Teku-Maza also look quite cool under his pen. Stephane Paitreau’s color work also looks great, giving additional flavor and atmosphere to this comic.
Black Panther #9 is another solid issue in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ take on the King of Wakanda. Black Panther is still fighting against an empire derived from his own homeland, and enemies seem to be on all sides. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Black Panther #9 comes to us from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, artist Kev Walker, color artist Stephane Paitreau, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Daniel Acuna, and variant cover artists Floyd Norman and Ryan Benjamin with Nolan Woodard.

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