It's not that I dislike this character, or plot. It's just that it didn't grab me as much as I'd hoped, even with the virtual reality aspect. Then again, this is twelve pages, and an eight part series, so I don't understand why they couldn't have done four books at twice the length. I didn't download the rest of the series at the time - even though it was free - and I just did today as I was reminded that, hey, it existed as a freebie.
This is an 8 short issue series via Kindle, where it is free. Each issue is about 8-10 pages, so the whole series is about 80 pages. It is still free for kindle. The artist depends on the issue, but overall the art is good; no issue has bad artwork.
The central plot is an attempt by Machineswift to take over the world via a tech conference and Wakanda. While Black Panther plays a crucial role in a few of the early issues as well as the concluding issues, the focus is on what is basically an international geek squad – which includes Wakandans, but also various others so it is a true global incentive.
The emphasis is on battling with intelligence – it isn’t Hulk Smash, but coming up with a solution to a problem. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t a bit of a battle, there is, but the geeks are the true heroes.
Furthermore, the series makes excellent use of Shuri, who, quite I find to be the more interesting of the siblings. There are plenty of women as well as men, both genders shown to be fighters and scientists.
Don McGregor and Gene Colan teamed up, years ago, to create those two Nathaniel Dusk mini-series I love so much (plus some Detectives, Inc.); when I spotted this graphic novel while browsing for Black Panther material I might want to geek out on before the film's release, I knew it was for me. so thrilled!