Agreed on all points, and thanks for saving me a google search1. It negated T'Challa's accomplishment in uplifting Wakanda and introducing it to the international change, while balancing it with all the various domestic concerns. A feat not as impressive if Wakanda is advanced and great already. T'Challa is as much a statesman as he is a superhero, as he is a king, as he is a man, as he is a son, as he is a brother. To take that is to shallow his character.
2. It's boring. Atlantis is advanced. Attilan is advanced. Latveria is advanced. Lemuria is advanced. All of them were advanced and had practically no character depth to them as setting. McGregor and Priest achieved so much more with Wakanda as a quickly developing/already developed nation than Hudlin ever did with a super-advanced Wakanda.
3. The cancer cure crap. God how that still gives me a headache.
4. Wakanda's greatness isn't dependent on tech-base. It's about culture, about history, deeds and figures of note. Do people care about the New Gods because they have Mother-Boxs or because of the story that Jack Kirby crafted? Did Don McGregor create one of the best Black Panther runs because he littered it with tech or because he created a living breathing world to enter?
1. Ethiopia says hello. Plus, Wakanda was a relatively small, isolated inland nation. The Great Race need hardly have overtaken it.
2. Priest actually did a good job with it and it carried a lot of weight in the setting from character perspectives. Hudlin didn't do as good of a job, and it had several glaring problems.
3. Fans don't need to "understand" anything when it comes to a creative change. I really don't know what you're implying there, but I can disagree with what Hudlin did and still appreciate the Black Panther mythos. Or must Majestik "understand" that Hickman had to do what he did in order to ensure that Black Panther took the next step in his development? (Sorry to throw you under the bus there, bud).
And I've always found the immediate decision to treat non-fans as anathema baffling. Confront non-fans. Acknowledge and then counter their complaints. Reach out to them. Being insular, critical and defensive is hardly embletic of the character we love and follow, after all. We can fire back and just get mean, but I've never seen the point of that. It lowers us to their standards.