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Friday, September 17, 2010 

Black Panther takes over Daredevil's title

And Marvel's doing this latest publicity stunt in the silliest way possible. Now, it turns out that the numbering isn't going to end, but rather, continue with #513 with Black Panther described as the Man Without Fear! Although this is true, that T'Challa is a very fearless fighter, the way it's being marketed, with Daredevil's special mantra still on the cover, is ridiculous.

As noted here, they've pulled the same stunt as they did with Hercules when he took over the Incredible Hulk's numbering a few years ago, with one difference being that Black Panther actually did enjoy a little bit more popularity at one point, even though the 2 previous series from the past decade were ultimately treated badly by the editors, or became victimized by additional publicity stunts, and that's one of the reasons why they failed. As this latest stunt is bound to, very soon, I predict. Mainly because T'Challa, very much like what Iron Man's been through, is being cast away from his riches and living in Hell's Kitchen without Wakanda technology research within reach.

And that's another of Marvel's likely deliberate mistakes: when you take the heroes away from what makes them whom he/she are as blatantly as they're doing, it only reduces the heroes' significance and makes it all a farce.

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Is T'challa still the Black Panther? I thought they'd had a female take his place.

I hadn't read anything involving Marvel's Hercules since Bob Layton's hilarious mini-series of many moons ago. I think that was the last time anyone at Marvel actually had a sense of humor.

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