The Struggle Of The Black Panther Revealed In Marvel Knights 20th #4

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Black Panther is struggling to reclaim his memories. T’Challa, King of Wakanda, does not remember his name, his home, or why he is in New York. He works nights at a soup kitchen to pay his rent, and he can’t resist his urge to protect the innocent when he sees injustice. These injustices also come from the protectors of the street, the police officers. This sets T’Challa at odds with the law, and that may claim what meager life he currently has.

Marvel Knights 20th #4 cover by Geoff Shaw and Rain Beredo
Marvel Knights 20th #4 cover by Geoff Shaw and Rain Beredo

Marvel Knights 20th #4 focuses on the Black Panther and his current living conditions having lost his memory, similar to the Punisher recap of last issue.
Despite the similarities, Marvel Knights 20th #4 is a vast improvement on the previous issue. #3 felt like taking steps back and slowing the forward momentum of the narrative. This issue sets us up with a character we’d not yet seen in the story and drops in more clues as to what’s happened.
In fact, we discover what wiped everyone’s memories, though I won’t spoil that revelation.
Vita Ayala does a hell of a good job with T’Challa too. She perfectly captures his voice, tendency towards introspection, and his thought process. She also tackles the race angle with grace and aplomb.
Marvel Knights 20th #4 art by Joshua Cassara, Matt Milla, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Marvel Knights 20th #4 art by Joshua Cassara, Matt Milla, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Joshua Cassara, the excellent artist that he is, gives this book an excellent treatment. The graininess of the opening pages, being T’Challa’s faded memories, is a nice touch. The detail work throughout is fantastic, especially the ad hoc Panther suit we get later into the comic. Matt Milla’s color art is atmospheric and heavy to boot.
Marvel Knights 20th #4 is another strong issue in the revival miniseries. We get to see what’s going on with the Black Panther and his struggles. All of which is under the guidance of talented creators in Ayala and Cassara. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Marvel Knights 20th #4 comes to us from writers Vita Ayala and Donny Cates, artist Joshua Cassara, color artist Matt Milla, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Geoff Shaw with Rain Beredo, and variant cover artists Jae Lee with June Chung and Kaare Andrews

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