9. Black Panther: The Man Without Fear
Although Shadowland itself was a fairly unremarkable and, for most Daredevil fans, traumatic storyline, it did bring about an interesting change for Hell’s Kitchen. With Matt Murdock hitting the road and the neighbourhood left defenceless, the lawyer turns to T’Challa to remain in New York in his stead – hence the book’s title, Black Panther: The Man Without Fear.
And, for the most part, this is a story about T’Challa pushing out of his comfort zone. Gone are the sci-fi elements of the character’s past comics – in their place came a Black Panther made for the Kitchen, replicating The Man Without Fear’s signature crimefighting style with new villains, threats and side-characters to come along for the ride.
The comic, written by David Liss, has its moments. But undoubtedly the main draw lies in Francesco Francavilla’s immaculate artwork. It truly feels like a noir comic, and while his pencils only featured sporadically, The Man Without Fear remained a fun, if not slightly inconsistent comic to enjoy.