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Black Panther and the Agents Of Wakanda #8: Review

Jul 2020
Jim Zubkavich, Lan Medina

Story Name:

Legion of Foom: part 2

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Black Panther and the Agents Of Wakanda #8 Review by (July 12, 2020)
The cover is just a bit misleading as Black Panther is nowhere in this issue, let alone fighting Fin Fang Foom.

FFF's history history is a little more complicated than described here. He and other Makluans crashed on Earth in the spaceship that gave Mandarin his rings of power. They were assumed dead. FFF was the only 1 who roamed Earth as a dragon, b ut the rest were still around disguised as humans as revealed in Iron Man #272-275.
Since Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 FFF has featurted in Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2016) #47-50.
FFF says here that Kakaranthara has been destroyed. But it was OK when last visited in a cameo in All-New GOTG Annual #1 (2017).

This issue doesn't say it's the end of this series, and neither did it's solicitation, but no further issues have been solicited so far. And we are asked to continue to follow the Agents Of Wakanda in the Empyre: Invasion Of Wakanda mini-series. However Covid-19 hit before we saw solicitations for the end of that mini, let alone what would happen afterwards.
But now we know that the Wakanda mini-series is 1 of those that is no longer going to be printed. And there's no sign of it appearing as digital-only (or just possibly as a TP collection only). However we still now haven't got far enough in the new solicitations to know whether the Agents Of Wakanda series will return post-Empyre.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Black Panther and the Agents Of Wakanda #8 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
While Black Panther and Okoye were away on a diplomatic mission to the Congress Of Worlds in Asgard, Avengers Mountain HQ (the body of a dead Celestial at the North Pole) was attacked by 3 dragons last issue. American Eagle, Fat Cobra, Gorilla-Man, Ka-Zar and Mockingbird were the only ones around to defend the place while Broo tried to work out what the dragons were shouting about in an alien language. He eventually got translation working and it turned out that they were looking for a traitor, who Broo found was a shrunken Fin Fang Foom hiding in a waste paper basket.

Outside jet-packed Eagle swoops down to rescue Ka-Zar who fell in the freezing water while Cobra, GM and Mocky continue to harass the dragons who are trying to break in to the Celestial. Inside FFF tells Broo what's going on. He's a Makluan from Kakaranthara who left with some others in search of adventure. He himself found lots of it on Earth (we see him being attacked by the Army and fighting Hulk), but eventually he yearned for peace once more. His home planet was gone but he left Earth for space to have some kids (see the 2015 Drax series). Only 1 egg survived but he rejected the hatchling because it would only learn rage from him. He returned to Earth and his violent ways (we see him in Tony Stark: Iron Man #1).

But Fin later tried to change his inner self, and the result was that he vomited up 3 eggs which hatched into the 3 full-size dragons outside, representing his rage, guilt and selfishness. He himself was reduced to his current minuscule size, and he fled to the Avengers for help. But they aren't here.

Jason Strongbow finds Ka-Zar holding a metal ball. The jungle lord claims that this cold water is nothing to one who lives in the Antarctic Savage Land, but he's retrieved a naval mine planted as a defence against Sub-Mariner and his Defenders Of The Deep. Now he activates it and throws it at 1 of the dragons. It has *some* effect, but not a lot. Fat Cobra is punching another dragon with his version of the Iron Fist. He compares the dragon unflatteringly with Shou-Lao, the dragon of K'un-Lun. But *that* dragon isn't here so this 1 grabs Cobra and pummels him unconscious.

Broo gets a report that the dragons have breached the outer shell of the Celestial. He tells mini-Foom that he must stop the dragons before they cause the HQ to lose power completely and release some really dangerous prisoners. He thinks Fin can't *really* have expelled his selfishness because he's being very selfish now. And Broo himself has to constantly keep his Brood-ish anger in check so Foom should be able to handle *his*. In reply FFF grows larger and agrees to do something.

The other dragons are trying to widen the breach so Gorilla-Man and Mockingbird retreat inside to defend it from within. American Eagle is still outside carrying Ka-Zar when the see Fin Fang Foom flying towards them with Broo riding on his back. The other dragons immediately abandon the Avengers HQ and turn to attack their 'father'. They meet in mid-air, there's an explosion (with a FOOM sound-effect) and Fin Fang Foom emerges alone at full size. But his anger is back and *he* now attacks the Agents Of Wakanda.

But a rent opens in the sky and out of it fall the Warriors 3 (Fandral, Hildegarde and Hogun) along with Okoye and Hugin the raven. They all attack the big dragon until Broo tries to stop them. Hugin saves the Broodling as he falls off the dragon and carries him round to the front to talk to his new friend. The others decide to give diplomacy a chance. Broo talks him down and FFF declares a truce. Ken Hale wants restitution for the damage, but leader Okoye accepts peace. Foom  promises to aid Broo if ever he needs him, and then flies away.



Lan Medina
Craig Yeung
Marcio Menyz
Carlos Pacheco (Cover Penciler)
Rafael Fonteriz (Cover Inker)
Matt Milla (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.
Editor: Wil Moss. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Hogun
Hogun

(Hogun the Grim)

Plus: Agents Of Wakanda, American Eagle, Broo, Fat Cobra, Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan), Hildegarde (Hildegarde), Okoye.

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