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1972: Jungle Action #18 (v2)

" Epilogue! "
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Jungle Action #18 (v2)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Don McGregor
Pencilers: William Graham Jr.
Inkers: Bob McLeod
Colourists: Michele Wolfman
Letterers: Charlotte Jetter
Editors: Marv Wolfman
Cover Date: November 1975
Release Date: August 1975
Story Arc: Panther's Rage (13 of 13)
Pages: 17
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 206                 Times Rated: 125
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Issue Blurb
T'Challa and his fellow Wakndans must set about rebuilding after their war with Killmonger has ended. Each must try to come to terms with what has transpired while also looking towards the future.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Black Panther
The Black Panther last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2). The Black Panther next appears in Thor #233 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Monica Lynne
Monica Lynne last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2). Monica Lynne next appears in Jungle Action #19 (v2).
Taku last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2). Taku next appears in Black Panther #15 (v1).
Venomm last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2). Venomm next appears in Black Panther: Panthers Prey #2.
W'Kabi last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2). W'Kabi next appears in Marvel Comics Presents #24b (v1).
Chandra last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2).
  Kono (Wakandan)
Kono (Wakandan) last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2).
Karota last appeared in Jungle Action #15 (v2). Karota next appears in Black Panther: Panthers Prey #3.
Kantu last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2). Kantu next appears in Black Panther: Panthers Prey #1.
Tayete last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2). Tayete next appears in Black Panther: Panthers Prey #3.
Kazibe last appeared in Jungle Action #17 (v2). Kazibe next appears in Black Panther: Panthers Prey #3.
  Madam Slay
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Madam Slay in the mainstream continuity. Madam Slay next appears in Iron Man Annual #5.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mute in the mainstream continuity.
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Issue Notes
  • WKabi receives a bionic arm in this issue to repair the wounds he received in Jungle Action #17 (v2).
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Issue Review
   August 12, 2013
Flawless mixture of action, character development and profound storytelling. Whenever he goes into battle BP comes across as unstoppable and magnificent. And the fact that Don McGregor writes him as having so much weight on his shoulders makes him a truly irresistible hero. Anyone who reads this story arc will have to step away from it, as I have done, with Black Panther as one of their favourite Marvel Characters. 10/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-07-26 15:36:08  
  Well, after 13 issues, I still have no f**king clue what this story was about. The layouts in this run were innovative, but often this led to confusion about reading order, and I found myself just looking at the words and thinking about other things. And how many cliffs can T'Challa jump off without dying?  

  sewixo Says:    
  2012-08-22 08:57:50  
  I very much enjoyed this arc.
There was A LOT of needless narration (the writer must've had a grudge against letterers or something), but I love these kind of layouts (some pages were really great) so maybe it evens out a bit.

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-12-03 10:47:16  
  This whole run, and especially this issue somehow, has made me look upon the Black Panther as a sort of African Batman. I know there are a LOT of differences, but the connection's been made in my mind now... Not sure if I want to get rid of it.

Perhaps it's the constantly ripped black suit that does it.

  JWC Says:    
  2013-01-01 20:19:23  
  This arc was a very enjoyable read. There was too much narration but the plot and the dialogue were interesting. The art and the layouts were fantastic. I even liked the comedic relief from Tayete and Kazibe.  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-04-17 17:44:26  
  Not sure how necessary the combat parts of this epilogue were, but I guess if you randomly picked this comic up from the shelf and it had no action in it you might be annoyed.
Overall, I loved this arc. There were some aspects I enjoyed less than others, like the sometimes gratuitous slaughter of wild animals, but overall it has been one of the highlights of the order for me. In places extremely poignant, and incredibly harsh on the protagonist. I feel like this is a very important part of the growth of Black Panther as a character. I have also grown quite fond of other characters from these stories, Taku especially.

  Drax Says:    
  2013-08-04 21:22:43  
  The first part of the epilogue was great and played like a true epilogue. The second brought unnecessary conflict which prevent this one to be the perfect conclusion to Panther's Rage.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-23 20:25:48  
  This is quite possibly the finest run of issues in the Order so far. I am impressed that some of Marvel's best work in this 2 year span is in what was once a throw-away jungle adventure title.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-02-27 23:35:20  
  That splash page of Madame Slay with all the leopards might be Billy Graham's best work. A great arc, not perfect but ambitious and memorable.  

  gmonkey Says:    
  2014-08-06 03:23:01  
  I don't understand how this arc isn't rated higher. This is easily the best arc in the order, so far. Panther's Rage has some flaws, and it is dated in some ways, but it still goes above and beyond anything done by Marvel in structure, themes and writing.

I was always lukewarm towards Black Panther but this has made an enormous fan of the character.

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-01-24 11:15:18  
  Holy cow. Was it just me or is Don McGregor's writing extremely long winded. If I wanted to read a book I wouldn't be reading comics. I mildly enjoyed this story arc, 3 stars.  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2015-04-02 13:42:19  
  This is the first truly great story arc of the Order. Poignant, incredibly dark, great character moments throughout, and Black Panther takes a hellacious beating for 13 straight issues. Plus copious amount of Panther punching dinosaurs. What's not to love?  

  skerit @ Redsvetz (original post):    
  2015-04-15 08:56:04  
  I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way. I had no idea what was going on most of the time, I didn't really care for any of the characters and the entire arc just bored me to tears. I'm glad it's over.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-07 19:19:12  
  One hell of an arc with the Panther taking a beating by jungle and prehistoric animals plus Killmonger. This epilogue, while really unnecessary, showed a different side to Killmonger after his death with his lover attacking Panther. Fitting end to everything.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2015-07-08 00:52:54  
  I like how brutal this arc was. I hope more comics based in Wakanda are like this. Too much text though.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-09-07 22:15:19  
  Wasn't a bad issue, but it really felt like an unnecessary one. I think the arc would have been better served with a few pages in the last issue giving the epilogue, rather than shoe-horning in another Killmonger baddie and another battle.
And I don't care what that woman says, her wearing that leopard skin bikini while surrounded by her pet leopards was sick. That would be like me wearing a suit made out of dog. Blech.
And apparently Wakanda has a desert too.

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-11-30 23:22:33  
  The only thing in the Order thus far that's even in the same ballpark as this arc is the brief Roy Thomas/Neal Adams X-Men run, which also combined consistently strong and frequently innovative artwork with a serious attempt at characterization. This was just a phenomenal run of comics - not surprisinglthat McGregor could only get away with something this bold on a marginal title no one in editorial was watching closely.  

  phogbear Says:    
  2016-04-09 20:45:56  
  Its a shame that this is Billy Grahams last credit in the run. His layouts were amazing here and reminiscent of Eisner's Spirit. Helped me get through all that text.

Its hidden gems like this that keep me moving through the order. Even with the problems the story had, it still one of the best in the order to this point. The story would have been helped with more of the story focusing on Killmonger's. Why did Killmonger take so long to launch his attack? Seemed like he delayed forever. What was he doing all that time in Wakanda? How did everyone meet him? So many unanswered questions here.

The story took place over about 1 year, but took 2 years to publish. I think something may have been lost in that time.

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2016-06-26 14:54:31  
  Can someone please explain to me why "epilogue" is written in the sky in a bunch of panels?  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2016-10-15 15:11:47  
  Marvel recently announced a loose sequel to this is coming in 2017.

Squirrel Girl: Squirrel's Rage

  edrlima Says:    
  2017-06-09 12:37:43  
  I don't understand why this arc is essential. Nothing important happens.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-10-08 21:33:06  
  ....and another Panther outfit gets shredded. I think it's time T'Challa should look for another tailor.

This wasn't an epilogue so much as it was perhaps a postscript. Wakanda has just been through a civil war of sorts (probably helps explain the "essential" tag) and left casualties on all sides. That said, this story is really nothing more than the evil warlord's wife wanting vengeance for the death of her husband. It may not have been the most necessary story in the arc, but it helped drive home the concept of what such a war can do to people.

And sure, this arc had some flaws. The narration got really wordy, and the gauntlet through Serpent Valley was probably a couple of issues too long. But it is one of the best arcs Marvel's put out up to this point, alongside the Thanos War and the Kree-Skrull War. Pretty cool that this arc was a little more personal to the protagonist than the other two I mentioned.

3 stars. Interesting letter in the letters column about collecting the "Panther's Rage" stories into a single volume. That letter writer inadvertently invented the concept of the graphic novel years before the first one gets published!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-11-14 06:16:11  
  I would have preferred this without Madam Slay, but at the same time, they did wrap up just about everyone's story pretty well. I think it's also worth a mention, this is probably the first time in the order where there hasn't been blatant racism and sexism. The times, they are a'changing.  

  Spider-Borg @ skerit (original post):    
  2017-12-13 09:30:16  
  My sentiments exactly.  

  Spider-Borg @ MattDog37 (original post):    
  2017-12-13 09:32:48  
  I was going to ask the same thing. Itís a weird choice. Especially the first time when it cuts off. I was expecting the panel to continue on the next page but it didnít.  

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   February 12, 2018 TStarnes
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   August 13, 2015 fragsel Added Mute to the issue.
   August 13, 2015 fragsel Added Kazibe to the issue.
   August 13, 2015 fragsel Added Tayete to the issue.
   August 13, 2015 fragsel Added Kantu to the issue.
   August 13, 2015 fragsel Added Karota to the issue.
   August 13, 2015 fragsel Added Kono to the issue.
   August 13, 2015 fragsel Added Chandra to the issue.
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