Which I guess is a good thing. Allows people to know what they are getting into. If a Panther centric book isn't your thing (and it's certainly my thing), then they're giving you all the warning in the world to stay clear of it. As opposed to say Brubakers Secret Avengers book, where overtime you slowly find out it's sort of just a Steve Rogers book with a supporting cast. Not that I personally minded that either, but I know some people did.
Black Panther is really no different then Jubilee, Valkerie or Psylocke-- three other characters who are the central lynchpin characters of the team book they are in; the vital character. Just because Jubilee is the central character in XX, that doesn't mean that Storm, Rogue and others will not get love or great moments. It's the same for New Avengers. I saw this clearly during the Next Big Thing Announcement. But I think part of it is thinking their favorite isn't going to get any shine and that's not true. They all will get major shine because of the say he seems to be taking the story.
If this isn't enough just listen to what Marvel EIC has said repeatedly in his CBR column about NA and Panther. It doesn't get any clearer then “Black Panther is the lynchpin character of New Avengers. The central character." but I guess everyone is entitled to believe what they want.
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“Black Panther is the lynchpin character of New Avengers. The central character. He’s very important to the Avengers franchise as a whole.” – Tom Brevoort
“Black Panther is certainly the moral center of New Avengers.” – Jonathan Hickman
Also, only one of those quotes is from Hickman.
Our/SZ thoughts exactly....agreed & co-signd!marvelprince:
I loved the issue. Not really getting the negative reviews. Its set up, and honestly with T'Challa being so against the formation of the Illuminati in the first place I'm glad the time was taken to illustrate the severity of the threat that would require him to change his mind.
And we certainly won't be having this debate anymore a year from now, because it should be clear 12 issues later, EXACTLY what Hickman meant. Of course, if it doesn't meet certain people's expectations or interpretations, I hope they remember this debate, but I doubt it. So, there's really no need for me to waste any more time on this subject. People are going to believe what they _want_ to believe.
But from what I have read, it's pretty clear. We will just have to agree to disagree and see as the book progress --who is right. But just a though Axel Alonso is pretty much telling you every time he brings up New Avengers and mentions Black Panther.
And I have more then one quote, but why post others when there is no way to parse "lynchpin, central character"?
And I can't tell you how many people in this very thread argued that just because the FIRST issue was all about BP, that didn't mean it wasn't a team book. Like I said, all three of you are saying different things about what the book will be.
Also, Tom B, and Alonso, are routinely lambasted by BP fans for saying lots of things, including saying for several years that there were "big plans" for Black Panther. In fact, it's been pointed out numerous times by BP fans how they've heard this before from the usual suspects and been severely disappointed.
Obviously you don't visit the X-boards, or you'd see there's plenty of negative reaction to Psylocke's role in the new UXF.
Of course there's ways to parse those phrases. They were parsed in the reporting. You're quoting a second hand quote to a liveblog / chatroom on a conference call. CBR was on the conference call and they reported:
But again, it doesn't matter. Clearly, your mind is made up about how it is going to be.Brevoort described Black Panther as a "lynchpin character" in "New Avengers" and may even be considered the central character of the series.