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Black Panther and the Agents Of Wakanda #1: Review

Sep 2019
Jim Zubkavich, Lan Medina

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Eye of the storm: part 1 of 2

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4 stars

Black Panther and the Agents Of Wakanda #1 Review by (September 28, 2019)
The Agents Of Wakanda were 1st mentioned in the current Avengers #10 where we met Wasp and Gorilla-Man. Roz Solomon was inducted in #8 of the current Thor series, and Ka-Zar was already in place by #9. Okoye joined as Director in Av #12. Man-Wolf was already a member then, and Broo, American Eagle and Fat Cobra joined in that issue. I gave brief bios of these people in Av #12. (That issue also presented us with 2 other Agents:- Dr Nemesis of the X-Club and Odin(!).)

Black Panther has of course been in most other Av issues since then, including Av No Road Home #9-10, plus War Of The Realms issues amongst other things. (I don't know where his own Intergalactic Empire Of Wakanda stories fit in.)
Wasp was only in Av#19 (part of WOTR), but she's had 2 other lives as Tony Stark's girlfriend in the current Iron Man series and the other Wasp's mentor in Unstoppable Wasp.
The other 4 Agents mentioned in this issue were also in Av#19, and Roz Solomon also played a big part in the WOTR: Journey Into Mystery mini-series. But in Av#19 we also learned that Gorilla-Man is a double-agent working for Dracula.
Ka-Zar and Gorilla-Man extended their WOTRing into Av#20. GM also had his own tale in the new Marvel Comics Presents #2.
Meanwhile Man-Wolf has been doing his own thing in various issues involving Carnage.

The Scavengers have been invented for this issue.

At the end of his last mini-series the Sentry merged with his evil alter-ego the Void and left Earth for space. Now he's back in the same dark version of his costume and presumably in the same state.

Rock Trolls were among the many Asgardians races led to invade Earth by Malekith in WOTR.

The Two-Headed Thing is 1 of the many monsters from early Marvel anthology titles (in this case Strange Tales #95) who have been given a new lease of life in the Marvel Universe proper. THT has only since then appeared in 3 issues featuring groups of monsters, the last 1 being Uncanny X-Men (2013) #33. He's not risen to the heights of Fin Fang Foom, or even Googam son of Goom.

The Cyttora have only previously appeared in Uncanny Avengers v3 #28-29 where Dr Voodoo summoned them to rebuild Avengers Mansion. The little beings (like miniature Juggernauts) are servants of Cyttorak, who empowers Juggie.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Black Panther and the Agents Of Wakanda #1 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
When Black Panther became leader of the latest Avengers team he created a support group for them that he called the Agents Of Wakanda. Now they have their own book.

Agents Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) and John Jameson are in Miami dealing with a group calling themselves the Scavengers who have stolen experimental weaponry developed by the defunct (since Secret Empire) SHIELD agency. Jan is zipping around drawing fire from 4 of them in a car while John approaches in a cloaked SHIELD-type flying car (a Wakandan All-Terrain Mobile Command Post). He (flashily but unnecessarily?) flips his vehicle over in midair and shoots the villains' car with a vibranium bullet. *That* car then flips over (pinning the driver?).

Wasp spots 2 foes on their feet and zaps 1 unconscious. The missing 4th decloaks herself and shoots Jameson in the back, but this only makes him turn into the Man-Wolf. As the angry beast savagely attacks the panicking female, Wasp takes the remaining guy out of the picture with a blow below the belt. Then she has to talk John down from killing his opponent.

Jan contacts their Director to tell them the mission is successful. She reports 6 criminals captured, so they must have nabbed 2 others before page 1. The Wakandan helicarrier arrives to pick them up and Director Okoye debriefs the pair. She asks John why his bio-readings rose so high during the fight. Jan lays into him for losing it. If they're to be a team she needs to trust him. He agrees to more testing of his control. After he's gone Jan asks Okoye why T'Challa hired such a loose cannon. The Director replies that her king believes all the Agents have their uses.

The pair are called to a meeting in the Garden holographic briefing room in the helicarrier with Black Panther and Fat Cobra, 1 of the Immortal Weapons, munching snacks as usual. Okoye explains that other Agents are away on other missions. Ka-Zar is dealing with the rampaging Two-Headed Thing in Maui. Roz Solomon is tracking Rock Trolls in Australia's Gibson Desert, left over from the War Of The Realms. American Eagle is investigating Cyttora spotted in Battery Park in Manhattan. Gorilla-Man and Broo are improving the extradimensional scanning capabilities of the Wakandan Satellite Array. This is the function of the Agents Of Wakanda, intelligence gathering for the Avengers and dealing with threats beneath their notice.

Before Broo and GM took the satellites offline for the upgrade they spotted an energy spike in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The helicarrier gets there 20 minutes later and they go down in a smaller craft. The town is eerily empty and silent. Cobra senses something wrong. Panther disrupts a cloaking shield and they find the populace inside menaced by demonic creatures. The 4 leap to the attack and BP sends Wasp to scout for the centre of the problem. She reports back that the beasts are everywhere and seem to be moving purposefully. Then 1 of them bats her unconscious.

T'Challa tells Okoye he's called for backup but comms are erratic (as they fail to hear the end of Wasp's message). Okoye gets surrounded and dragged down, but she triggers a blast from her Kimoyo Beads which rips many creatures apart. Fat Cobra saves 2 children from danger, but they turn out to be demons in disguise. The warriors keep hearing a voice in their heads playing on each 1's fears.

The children-trick fuels Cobra's anger and he forces himself through a whirling storm to its heart. Where he finds the Sentry (floating in a lotus pose).

Lan Medina
Lan Medina
Marcio Menyz
Jorge Molina (Cover Penciler)
Jorge Molina (Cover Inker)
Jorge Molina (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.
Editor: Wil Moss. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther


(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Agents Of Wakanda, American Eagle (Jason Strongbow), Broo, Fat Cobra, Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan), Man-Wolf, Okoye, Roz Solomon.

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