PREVIEW: Michael Avon Oeming on BLACK PANTHER #528

Back Panther #528

As the news of the titles canceled by Marvel in 2012 came down, I was saddened to see Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive get canceled. As I’ve been saying for most of this year, Black Panther has been one of the great surprises for me this year and the series has been immensely enjoyable. David Liss has written some fantastic street level stories and the action in my favorite NYC neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen has intense.

Before Black Panther calls it quits, we do get some comics worth reading, so just don’t dismiss it since it’s been canceled. For example, Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #528 hits stands in January and features the faceoff between Black Panther and Kingpin for the fate of both Hell’s Kitchen AND Wakanda.  In addition to the bald fat man, we also get Lady Bullseye and Typhoid Mary and on the side of angels, we get Luke Cage and Falcon!

Marvel provided the exclusive preview of the art for Black Panther #528 by Michael Avon Oeming, best known for his work on Powers.  As you can see from the art below, his action sequences are as tight as ever and its great to see Oeming on some super hero work that is very akin to Powers.  And who doesn’t love a cover by Francesco Francavilla?

Here’s the details:

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #528
Written by: David Liss
Art by: Michael Avon Oeming, Shawn Martinbrough
Cover Art by: Francesco Francavilla
Marvel Comics – $2.99
In Stores January 11, 2012

Check out this exclusive preview of 5 pages from Black Panther #528:


  1. Mmmm… I was hoping Francavilla would stay until the end… I guess the moved him to Cap as soon as they decided for cancellation. I will still pick it until the end though. I’ve grown fond of this title.

  2. P.S. Avon Oeming looks good too but IMO it’s Francavilla’s art which defined this book.

    • lr4life (@brettthemonster) says:

      could not agree more

    • I was really enjoying this book but months and months back Francavilla had a month off and they brought in a filler artist (can’t remember issue number… it had Spider-Man in it though) and it quickly became very apparent that I was only in this for the art. Got bored half way through and the book just slipped me by ever since –

      Def going back for a trade though, Francavilla’s art has been gorgeous! Great to see him doing interiors!

  3. This is one of those titles that I’ve always been kind of interested in but never seemed to have the room on my pull list. I’ll definitely check some of the trades out because even if the writing is terrible (and I’ve never heard anything but good things about this book) I’d buy almost anything by Francavilla or Oeming.

  4. Oeming draws marvel characters really well. I’d love to see him and Bendis work together on a mainstream book, but who knows if that will ever happen.

  5. “. . . I was saddened to see Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive get canceled. As I’ve been saying for most of this year, Black Panther has been one of the great surprises. . .”

    Yup. Maybe if BP was an X-Man AND an Avenger, we’d get to keep him……..

  6. lr4life (@brettthemonster) says:

    Wow, this art does not fit Black Panther at ALL! Really sad to see one of the last issues of a great book be ruined by such an inappropriately chosen artist.

  7. This looks awesome.
    Incredible Oeming has time doing another book, doing Powers and all.

    • Seeing as how it’s been about 8 months since the last time they’ve put out an issue of Powers, my guess is that they’re not too invested in working on it.

    • BENDIS! reiterated that the delays on Powers are on him on his forum just the other day. Oeming has been doing other things because professional artists draw every day.

  8. Good for Mike. He’s been pretty into sketching the character lately. I hope to see more of Liss and Francavilla soon. And more T’Challa, too.

    So, what do you guys think Marvel will do with the Man Without Fear numbering?