In Black Panther & The Crew, Hydra’s Getting Into the Most Nefarious Business of All: Gentrification

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In this week’s issue of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther & The Crew, T’Challa, Storm, and Misty Knight continue to look into the mysterious death of Harlem-based civil rights activist Ezra Miller. The team’s sleuthing takes them to the newly christened “So-Ha,”a place that used to be known as South Harlem.

Coates is taking his time doling out crucial bits of information about The Crew’s larger murder mystery, but in doing so, he’s giving readers a chance to see the book’s team do the kind of old fashioned detective work that’s becoming rarer and rarer in mainstream comics.


Ezra, Storm and T’Challa discover, has a long history of putting together teams of black superheroes like themselves in response to events that would threaten Harlem’s historically black community.

The front line of the “war” that he believed was under way, the Crew learns, is located down by 116th street where a new set of luxury apartments called the Renaissance are being developed. Posing as a couple, Storm and T’Challa arrange to take a tour of the complex and and quickly realize that as innocuous as the Renaissance appears from the outside, it’s actually a Hydra front.


The revelation’s another carefully introduced plot point to one of the most interesting and important stories being told in mainstream comics right now, and it highlights how unfortunate it is that Black Panther & The Crew has been cancelled.


Read the issue if only so that you can see Storm catching T’Challa singing some Frank Ocean: