This is one of those comic book issues where a lot actually happens, but you don't realize it until you've already set the book down.
That's clearly what this entire series has been predicated on as Ta-Nehisi Coates is building his Wakanda and story through thought-provoking dialogue and deep flashbacks. We didn't review No. 7 as I was on vacation, but I just wanted to chime in real quick on that to keep the chronological reviews somewhat flowing.
Bringing in Luke Cage, Misty and co. was fun, but my god it felt out of place. Luke and Misty's cheesiness doused with slang feels so out of place that it's so goddamn distracting. To bring in personalities like that, you at least have to build toward it ... even if just a little bit.
T'Challa has been nothing but philosophical, deep, sad or angry. You go from that to "WHERE'S MY MONEY HONEY," and I'm going to be distracted.
As for No. 8, Misty, Eden, Luke, Storm and other are hanging out having a chat. We get a hint of more to come between Storm and T'Challa but that's all that really happens out of that.
We're back to deep, philosophical T'Challa with yet another issue of absolutely no action. Instead, we get some deep flashbacks and a trip to The Djalia, which is Wakanda's collective memory. We get even more looks into T'Challa's belief as king.
He will sacrifice his own life for his nation, but not his sister. He even highlights the fact that Wakandians think they are their own race, and that he does not agree with that train of thought.
Rating 7/10: These issues are starting to blend together as they kind of all feel the same. Chris Sprouse's artwork is smooth and meshes well with the dialogue-laden story that is Black Panther #8. This is an arc that is eight-parts deep, and I'm not even sure where we're going. These are books that you can't sit down and walk away from, they require introspective meditation work just to understand what you just read.
Fantastic cover from Brian Stelfreeze: