RandoMonday: Fantastic Four #609

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Fantastic Four #608 by Jonathan Hickman (w), Guiseppe Camuncoli & Karl Kesel (a), Paul Mounts (c), VC’s Clayton Cowles (l), and Frank Cho and Jason Keith (cover)

The lovely Frank Cho/Jason Keith cover only depicts one half of the plot in this issue. Sue and Storm (Hah! Sue. Storm.) accompany Black Panther Shuri on a spiritual journey of sorts, and end up battling Anubis. Meanwhile, Reed travels with T’Challa to the Wakandan City of the Dead, Necropolis. There the Panther Goddess returns T’Challa to Black Panther status, but as the King of the Dead. She also tells T’Challa about grave dangers that are to visit Wakanda, and we are shown two panels: one that shows a flaming bird in the sky and the other is of a flood. So, basically the events shown in Avengers vs X-Men #7, published only a few weeks later.

I will briefly say what I have said many times here on the blog, as well as on the podcast: I loved Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four–it is one of the best superhero and family stories I have ever read. That said, it is with stories like this, where Hickman focuses on Black Panther (also, see the most recent incarnation of the New Avengers) that convinces me that he needs to do a Black Panther monthly series. The politics involved, the character study of T’Challa, and the richness of the Wakandan culture is just ripe for the picking under Hickman’s pen.

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