Rembert Browne takes over writing duty in the latest story arc for the Black Panther: World of Wakanda titled “Death of the White Tiger.” Luckily for us fans, it’s not really a death so much as a suspected rebirth or reincarnation. This issue picks up after the “Midnight Angel” storyline and focuses on Kevin Cole, The White Tiger. We get a glimpse into the mundane nature of his post-Wakanda Black Panther life as an NYC cop. He’s both bothered and excited to be called back into the service of Wakanda by the Black Panther and once again puts on his White Tiger costume to hunt down some enemies of Wakanda hiding out and dealing in black market Vibranium in NYC.
Joe Bennett, Roberto Poggi, and Rachelle Rosenberg serve up some serious artwork. Lots of strong lines, beautiful skin tones, realistic ethnic features and shadows that contrast and showcase the heroes and the villains. The art is consistent and the panels are perfectly laid out. Everything in this issue complements every other part making it a flawless companion piece to the Black Panther universe.
The current story arc is interesting and well thought out enough to make up for the lack of the Midnight Angels and open the door the strong black male lead we find in Kevin Cole. Browne takes special care to add all of the little details necessary to make Cole an interesting and complex character. I’m looking forward to seeing where this extraordinarily strong creative team takes what seems to be a compelling story line and how it all intertwines with the rest of the Black Panther universe. But, wherever this story arc goes, I’m all strapped in and ready to go along for the ride.
Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rembert Browne Art: Roberto Poggi, Joe Bennett & Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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