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Saturday, October 07, 2017 

That's who they've hired to write Black Panther's "origin"? Figures

Look whom Marvel's hired to write an origin story for Black Panther: a contributor to IO9, who's been interviewed by another staffer:
io9 senior writer Evan Narcisse has been writing about comics for over a decade, but over the past several months, you may have noticed his thoughtful essays on the Big Two comics publishers are missing. That’s because Evan has gone from writing about comics to writing one himself—namely, Rise of the Black Panther, a new series looking at the formative years of the Marvel hero.
Such people have long proven themselves unsuited to working on Marvel's properties, given how dishonest and disrespectful the former Gawker network's been to the fanbases. I think I remember reading some of his work, and it wasn't very "thoughtful". Anyway, here's how the guy got the gig:
io9: How did Rise of the Black Panther come about? Were you trying to moonlight on me?

Narcisse: The project came about when I got a text from Ta-Nehisi [Coates]. After reading a really in-depth interview I did about his run on the title, editor Wil Moss asked him to reach out to see if I’d be interested in working on a Black Panther project.
And what makes somebody from such an otherwise awful website so qualified? When they turn to such pretentious writers at such equally pretentious sites for employment, you know something's wrong.
How are you closely are you working with Ta-Nehisi Coates on this, and how much will it connect to his main Black Panther series?

Narcisse: Most of the major plot beats are coming from me. Once we all agreed on the shape of the story arc, I’ve been in constant contact with Ta-Nehisi about ways for this series to reflect who T’Challa is in the present day. There’s a bit of thematic irony here because Ta-Nehisi’s first story arc involved an instance of change where he represented the historical status quo. In Rise of the Black Panther, he’s the one rebelling against what’s always been done. He goes from being a rebel of sorts to being the establishment.
It sounds more like a negative take on T'Challa they brewed up here. But then, that's surely been the problem for many years now, recalling a disgusting story Geoff Johns wrote in the Avengers in the early 2000s, where Red Skull implied that BP conceived a form of poison that the villain was using.

Furthermore, BP's origins have been written up before, and there's no need for more countless origins bound to be even more politicized than ever before. But this news does demonstrate how and where Marvel's editors pick their freelancers from.

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