So maybe you heard about DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR getting re-titled BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR after issue #512. I never figured “man without fear” was a title that could passed around like the other ones floating around the Marvel Universe. It’s not as… concrete as, say, Sorcerer Supreme, Master of Kung-Fu, Spirit of Vengeance or Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then again, hasn’t Hal Jordan been called “the man without fear” at various points of his career? I suppose that’s appropriate, as the implications of BP taking over DD’s mantle curries some talk about hope and fear that’s riffing on the same standard as all the emotional spectrum stuff going on GL, right now.
This arc’s making T’Challa the new defender of Hell’s Kitchen and its taking all the advantages he gets from Wakanda royalty away from him. Obviously, it’s putting him back in touch with that period when he was operating in Harlem with a school teacher secret identity. But there is the lingering question of whether the Panther can accurately be described as a man without a fear. The definitive quote from Frank Miller’s DAREDEVIL run came when the Kingpin decided to ruin DD’s life, declaring that “a man without a fear is a man without hope." He meant that only somebody who has nothing to lose can truly be described as fearless. T’Challa’s going to be out of his element, sure, but won’t he still have a lot to worry about, like Storm’s safety and the general welfare of Wakanda? == TEASER ==
I suppose this might also be an opportunity to discuss what other titles and nicknames could change owners like this one did? Is there a character who’s a better “sentinel of liberty” than Captain America is? Who’s Marvel’s real first family now? If the X-Men are too normal these days, then who are today’s strangest super-heroes of all? Discuss freely, Comic Vine community!