This came up in the movie thread, and got me thinking.... 1. He's black 2. His powers aren't superhuman like Spiderman, Superman, the Hulk 3. He's the leader of a black nation that not only cuts itself off from countries outside of Africa, but pretty much doesn't want anything to do with "the rest" of the continent. 4. The fact that his becoming "The Black Panther" is because of his bloodline is kinda interesting also. This list made me ask myself a serious question. Do I identify with the Black Panther character more because of his story, or more because of his skin tone? If the Black Panther story were about about a Non-black king in another country...say in ....fictional china...would his stories hold the same appeal to me? I don't think so. So, in my case...a large part of my enjoyment of the black panther is due to his skin tone. His fairly limited abilities (compared to other comic super heroes) is another thing that I find favor with. IMHO, I identify with BP because he's a powerful "black" man who plays a super hero that's strong mentally, yet not reliant on super human physical strength like the Hulk, Thor, Superman. As intelligent as Reed Richards (almost), as good a fighter as Daredevil (almost) and as rich as Tony Stark. Only thing missing from a lot of what the comics have brought to the table has been the personal aspect of T'Challa. What does he truly feel about his heritage, his people, the women in his life. Neither Hudlin or Priest touched on that enough for my liking, and when they did, I didn't really like their interpretation.