Hudlin needs to get more props for opening up the market he was the one who was able to get EJD on the BP/Storm mini not sure how well it sold but that was a start in the right direction of where we are at now as far as awareness and more fans paying attention.
A more apt comparison to this book would be Iron Man 2.0. That was supposed to be a War Machine solo book, it was promoted as a War Machine solo book, but anybody that read that comic will tell you that Rhodey was a supporting character in that series. Nick Spencer spent more time developing his new villain and having other characters talk at/at Rhodey than actually actually developing Rhodey as a character. Rhodey never moved the story along, he was just a passenger along for the ride. That's how Coates handling of Black Panther has been so far.
You don't have to marginalize the lead of a book to build up the supporting cast, there are countless examples of this over the years at both DC and Marvel. Hell, the current Captain America Sam Wilson book is a perfect example of this. Sam is without a doubt the lead of that book, but Spencer has also been able to give Sam a great supporting cast made up of new and old characters that have been fleshed out more than they were in recent years.
Another thing about Hudlin's run is that it didn't focus on Wakanda alot at least to the level of degree that prior runs had, alot of T'Challas vilains were MIA save Killmonger that and it tied into crossovers alot granted in some cases it had to I just wish it could have involved more BPs world
And I don't know if I would call BP a supporting character he's definitely part of a greater ensemble of characters now but he's still the forefront and his actions drive the story. Issue 1 was BP, Issue 2 MA and Issue 3 Tetu & Zenzi the latter two or bent on taken out the former so how can he not drive the story?
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Really think about it, the first arc was "Who is the Black Panther" and then after that he's going out into the rest of the world. He goes to Niganda in an attempt to stabilize things, he then goes to the U.S. to find a bride, then after he gets married he and Ororo go on a diplomatic tour, then they go on a cross dimesional space faring adventure with Ben and Johnny, and after that they return home with the "Back to Africa" story.
But yeah Hudlin's run his firmly in the MU we got some cool suff out of it too. Like Azzari vs Namor, T'Challa vs Karnak and who can forget the crew in NO vs vampires... Thrice blessed armor and ebony blade indeed
4 issues into Black Panther T'Challa has been a supporting character IN HIS OWN BOOK. That's not the same as Steve getting 25 issues then being pushed aside to give Sam as Cap a shot.
It's not like Marvel looked at Coates work with the Dora Milaje and said "Oh wow we gotta make a new title starring these two because Coates developed them so well". Coates approached THEM with the idea of doing a satellite series and bringing in a black female author to handle it. Mind you this was later in the development of his series, because he had originally intended to kill the Dora's in issue #4.