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Black Panther: Client TPB [Paperback]

Christopher Priest
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Gph edition (2 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785107894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785107897
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 16.9 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sent to pick up King T'Challa of Wakanda, a.k.a. the Black Panther, U.S. State Department employee Everett Ross recounts his journey from Brooklyn to Hell and back again as the king tries to stop a conspiracy that could destroy his kingdom.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is comics at their best... 15 April 2003
Priest's reinvention of Black Panther is the finest comic book currently being published anywhere, and the five issues contained in this trade-paperback make up the best story of the series.
Whether you read comics or not, Black Panther: The Client is an absolute must read. This is comics at their best. If you are not reading this comic, or if you are not reading comics, I dare you to buy this book. You will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with the Devil... 25 Aug 2008
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
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Black Panther was created in the 1960s. T'Challa is king of Wakanda, an African country with highly advanced technology due to a meteor landing there that contained an alien metal called vibranium. He travels to America and joins the Avengers for a while. In this story, he returns to America because a child chosen to be the public face of a charity Wakanda supports is murdered. But there is much more going on, and events are being manipulated by the devil Mephisto.

The story is told with a good amount of intelligence and humour from the point of view of US official Everett K. Ross. Ross is a little man with an exuberant attitude, whose pants are stolen by drug dealers. It takes a stream of consciousness approach, with the story jumping backwards and forwards as Ross' superior tries to get a straightforward explanation of events. It also uses the little scene setting cards that the TV show Frasier uses to comment on what happens next.

T'Challa himself is played super-straight, an intense, very capable man with access to incredible resources. He's like Batman but with better toys (including shoes that let him run up buildings and an energy dagger) and less respect for authority. The way that he deals with Mephisto is intriguingly intelligent.

The writing, then, by Christopher Priest is great. He not only plays with the comic book form, but he puts together a strong plot and a sparky script. The art is also pretty great. The majority of the book is drawn and painted by Mark Texeira and is very lush, very muscular, dark stuff. Vince Evans draws the final chapter and isn't quite the same style or in the same league but is still pleasant to look at.

Overall, it's good stuff, mature superheroics that don't resort to extreme violence or cuss words to do its thing. It's funky and it deserves to be read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best modern comic series 29 Sep 2001
By Christopher Griffen - Published on Amazon.com
Writer Christopher Priest takes the super hero comic and turns it on its head in his landmark BLACK PANTHER series. This volume collects the first five issues of the current monthly comic.
The Black Panther is the king of the fictional African nation, Wakanda. Wakanda's claim to fame is that it is the world's sole source of vibranium, the most rare and valuable metal on Earth due to its ability to absorb sound. Occupying the space between the proverbial rock and hard place, the Black Panther, a.k.a., T'Challa, is a crafty leader who is always 10 steps ahead of all his would-be detractors, assassins and infiltrators.
"The Client" tells the story of the Panther's arrival in New York City to investigate the murder of a little girl who was the beneficiary of a Wakandan charity. It turns out that the Panther's enemies sought to lure him away from his wealthy nation with this heinous ploy. From there the mystery unravels with the Panther as the protagonist, and the narrator, Everett Ross, a U.S. foreign affairs agent who draws the unlucky task of escorting the Panther during his stay here. Ross is plucky, sarcastic and downright funny. His narration keeps the book light even though the themes are often very dark.
Priest uses out-of-sequence storytelling to simulate Ross' narrative, much in the manner that the film, Pulp Fiction, is told. It makes sense. After all, when we tell stories, it's very rare that we tell them in a linear fashion from start to finish. Ross bounds from one snippet to another. The reader puts the story together in the process.
I highly recommend this story and consider it one of the very best comic stories of the last five years. If you enjoy it, as I think you will, look for the sequel, BLACK PANTHER: ENEMY OF THE STATE, which should be coming out in November 2001.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Super-Hero Book 21 Jan 2003
By Daniel V. Reilly - Published on Amazon.com
Black Panther is probably one of the least respected characters ever to emerge from the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby era of comics. He's been around forever, has a great pedigree, and has had some top-notch talents take a crack at him, yet he's never really been embraced by the readers. Looks like his time has finally come....
Writer Christopher Priest (Quantum & Woody) has done the seemingly impossible, and made The Panther interesting! Rather than just concentrating on his crime-fighting, Priest focuses on The Panthers role as King of the African nation of Wakanda, a phenomenally wealthy Country caught up in a brutal civil war. When The Panther leaves his troubled Nation to avenge a child's murder in Brooklyn, he finds himself caught up in a web of political intrigue and Supernatural terror.....(Although, come to think of it, The Panther isn't really TOO terrified; He's a pretty cool customer.)
As Priest explains in his introduction, his goal in reviving The Black Panther was to make The Panther a distant, mysterious character; He succeeds admirably on that front. By keeping the reader from being privy to the inner workings of King T'Challa's mind, he becomes an almost mythic figure of menace and mystery. His final showdown with Mephisto is unforgettable. The art (By Mark Texiera & Vince Evans) is great, and fits the mood perfectly. The only problem with the book is one that seems all too common for Marvel trade paperbacks: A double-page spread is misprinted; Instead of being printed on facing pages, you have to turn the page to see the second half. Doesn't anyone proof these things? Other than that, Black Panther: The Client is a phenomenal read; I highly recommend it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is comics at their best... 15 April 2003
By Nick Akrivos - Published on Amazon.com
Priest's reinvention of Black Panther is the finest comic book currently being published anywhere, and the five issues contained in this trade-paperback make up the best story of the series.
Whether you read comics or not, Black Panther: The Client is an absolute must read. This is comics at their best. If you are not reading this comic, or if you are not reading comics, I dare you to buy this book. You will not regret it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Marvel's few Modern Day Classics 31 July 2001
By D. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
I know what you're thinking...Black Panther, big friggin deal.. and yes, you're right, he was never much of a character as used in the FF and Avengers comics of the 60s and 70s. He had no real powers and no real personality. He seemed to be there for the sake of political correctness, nothing more. But things have taken a 180 degree change, believe me. Priest has put the character into a world that plays like a major motion picture with believable situations based T'challa's status as a major world leader. The characterizations and dialogue are all equally convincing. The best part is how the supporting characters and the villians fill in the void of the mysterious, aloof T'Challa, with their own interpretations, leaving you, the reader, to make up your own mind about just who or what T'Challa/Panther is. This ranks with anything Alan Moore or Chris Claremont ever did, trust me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection from the Most Well-Written Comic Around 16 July 2001
By "brannonc" - Published on Amazon.com
Until Christopher Priest came along, no one really knew what to do with the Black Panther. Most writers portrayed him as a regular ol' super-athletic superhero who happened to also be an African king. But in The Client, the first story arc from the new Black Panther series, Priest introduced readers to a familiar yet very different T'Challa--a king and a tribal chieftan who is only a "superhero" to Americans who don't know how else to see him. The Client blends great writing, sharp political commentary, fight scenes that rise far above the level of the average comic book slugfest, beautiful art, and a generous amount of laugh-out-loud humor. Don't miss out on this superb read.
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