By Jim Zub, Lan Medina, Craig Yeung, Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega, Jorge Molina, and VC’s Joe Sabino
Another issue of Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda arrives this month and the story continues as the agents are tasked with facing off against an odd creature living in the moon. Much of this issue will go over the backstory of Man-Wolf, which is very needed for those who are not familiar with the character, as Mockingbird and Black Panther deal with the creature in the moon. The end of this issue will once again cause a slight change in the line up of active agents and this may make or break the book for some readers.
A concern for this series from the start has been if cycling through characters will get the reader confused or have the chance to decide which characters work and which do not. Jim Zub continues his run with Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #4 and shows an ability to make the reader care for a relatively unknown character but does not seem to want to give these characters too much time for shine. As mentioned above, Man-Wolf plays an important role in this issue and much of it is centered around him. Man-Wolf is handled well in this issue but due to the ending, it may be quite some time before we see him again. This can be seen as frustrating because we are finally starting to get to know his character but now we will likely shift the focus to a different character in the next issue. It is also possible that the characters we focus on in the next issue will be an entirely new agent whom we will have to start learning their backstory and personality. Black Panther and Mockingbird are the other two characters we will mainly focus on in this issue and they are written very well but one can’t help but feel as if they need more Black Panther in a series featuring him in the title.
In prior reviews for Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda, the art has consistently been the highlight of this series. In this issue, Lan Medina, Craig Yeung, Marcio Menyz, and Eric Arciniega handle the art great and present it not only in the style they have in previous issues. For the flashback scenes with Man-Wolf, we get to see a comic style similar to the one used in Man-Wolf’s original comic from decades ago. The comic style used in these flashbacks serves the scenes well as they have more of an old-timey feel to them. As always, the art is still strongest in the middle of action scenes. The combinations of inks, pencil, and colors really makes the action scenes the most memorable aspects about the issue.
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #4 is This series has issues with floating around different characters and not giving it enough time to not only Black Panther but the characters that have been working well. Hopefully, this series will eventually find its main cast and stick with them.