Thursday, May 10, 2012
Essential Panther's Rage!
At long last I have Marvel's first great intentional epic collected under a single cover. No story deserves it more than Don McGregor's "Panther's Rage" saga from the humble pages of Jungle Action.
The saga was collected a year or so ago I know, but I don't generally get Masterworks, especially when they're that expensive. But I do buy lots of Essentials, and this volume featuring the Panther's first breakout series and his epic struggle against the forces of Erik Killmonger is going to be a heady read.
The series was oppulent and involving as it slowly unwound back in the height of the Bronze Age. The story is filled with Dickensian-esque named characters, each seemingly wanting little more than to destroy T'Challa for whatever reason. Wild and unusual and memorable.
McGregor alongside artists Rich Buckler, Gil Kane and Billy Graham and breakout inker Klaus Janson really offered up a story that punctured the norms of comic book storytelling and put the taste of blood in the mouth of the reader. It's impossible to read Panther's Rage and not feel the visceral nature of T'Challa's struggle to save his people, his land, and most of the time his own skin.
Great story! I'm eager to read it all again, and now it's dead easy to do.
Here's a cover gallery.
And the volume also has the Panther's initial battle against the Klan as well as Jack Kirby's peculiar take on the Jungle King. Sadly the stories which finish up the Klan saga are not included, but the book has to stop somewhere I guess. Great volume nonetheless.
Get it! Read it!