Old rivals Black Panther and Namor are about to fight on the same side, but it comes with one big catch. The rivalry between Marvel heroes began during the Avengers vs X Men event when a Phoenix powered Namor flooded Wakanda. Since then, Black Panther and Namor have both fought and reluctantly teamed up, most notably in Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers/New Avengers in the run up to Secret Wars. A new chapter in the tenuous relationship between T’Challa and Namor begins in Black Panther #14, and a preview also reveals another twist that changes the status quo from T’Challa to Wakanda.
Marvel has released a preview of Black Panther #14 by John Ridley, Germán Peralta, Jesus Aburtov and Joe Sabino from VC, with a stunning cover by Alex Ross. Black Panther is currently on the run with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, bringing him into direct conflict with Captain America. One of Black Panther’s former sleeper agents, Jhai, is back from the dead and has become a global terrorist. T’Challa wants to stop him, but the Avengers want the former king of Wakanda to abdicate. Just when T’Challa appears to be losing a battle with Captain America, Namor the Sub-Mariner steps in to lend a helping hand.
Black Panther Banned from Wakanda
Of course, Black Panther is wary of Namor’s help and instead punches the King of Atlantis. The new Prime Minister of Wakanda intervenes via holographic projection to tell T’Challa that she has signed a peace treaty between Wakanda and Atlantis. In exchange for Namor’s help, T’Challa is now banished to return to Wakanda.
This is a huge change in the status quo for not only Black Panther, but also Wakanda, if this banishment really continues. T’Challa can no longer set foot in the land he presided over and grew up in. What does this mean for T’Challa moving forward along with Eve L. Ewing and Chris Allen’s upcoming run Black Panther?
Black Panther #14 goes on sale Wednesday, February 8.