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PANTHER

Real Name: T'Chaka

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-1119) enhanced human (citizen of Wakanda)

Occupation: Adventurer

Group Membership: Exiles

Affiliations: Beast (Earth-763), Blink (Earth-295), Forge (Earth-2814), Heather Hudson/Sasquatch (Earth-3470), Kang (unidentified Earth), Morph (Earth-1081), Nocturne (Earth-2182), Polaris (Earth-8149), Witch (Earth-8823)
    (Earth-1119) - L-10
    (Earth-10102) - M-51, Hank Pym/Ultron, Vision

Enemies: (Earth-1119) - Klaw
    (Earth-10102) - Cerebro, Jocasta duplicates, Machine Men, Sentinels
    (Earth-90631) - Cyclops, Emma Frost, Havok, Magneto, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Witch

Known Relatives: T'Challa (father), Storm (mother), Sh'ri (sister), T'Chaka (grandfather)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in the multiverse via the Panoptichron;
    formerly Earth-1119

First Appearance: Exiles III#1 (June, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: T'Chaka has heightened senses with enhanced agility and reaction times, and is an excellent hand-to-hand fighter. He has a flippant and flirtatious nature. Not a mutant, T'Chaka likely gained his enhanced abilities via the same herb and mystical link that T'Challa had.

History:

(Exiles III#2 (fb) - BTS) - On Earth 1119, T'Challa married Storm and had a son, naming him after his paternal grandfather, T'Chaka.

(Exiles III#4 (fb) - BTS) - T'Chaka spent a lot of his youth in America.

(Exiles III#6 (fb) - BTS) - T'Chaka took on the mantle of the Panther when T'Challa retired from the role.

(Exiles III#1) - Aged 20, the Panther was accompanied by his robotic lion, L-10, and used an old map to find an ancient lost city, but was ambushed there by Klaw. One thousandth of a second before sure death from Klaw's blast, he was transported by the Panoptichron to a field where he met Beast (Earth-763), Polaris (Earth-8149), Forge (Earth-2814), Witch (Earth-8823), Blink (Earth-295) and Morph (Earth-1081), who told the others of the Exiles' role in repairing the multiverse guided by the Tallus. Tasked with helping Wolverine overthrow Magneto on Earth-90631, the new team was suddenly transported to Genosha where they saw a parade of Magneto and his close mutant allies be cheered by the mutant populace with Wolverine's corpse strapped to Magneto's platform.

(Exiles III#2) - The Exiles entered the city where they watched Sauron stop a nuclear missile from an enemy state. The Exiles team split to investigate, but the Panther was stopped by Polaris-90631. The Exiles' Forge and Polaris stopped her and the Panther revealed his heritage to his new friends. Later, the Panther flirted with various women at a celebration party he had infiltrated. Kitty Pryde recognized him as an intruder and phased her and T'Chaka away.

Panther in action

(Exiles III#3) - Captured by Magneto's prime allies, the Panther, Blink, Forge and Beast were imprisoned, their powers negated, and were taunted by Nightcrawler and Emma Frost. Blink was able to teleport the Panther outside, where he was able to free them by overpowering Havok. The team then attacked Magneto with the Panther kicking off Magneto's helmet so the suspicious telepaths could reveal his role in dividing mutants against humans. The Tallus forced the mission to be aborted and the Exiles fled through a Time-Door that sent them to the American deserts of Earth-10102.

(Exiles III#4) - The Tallus' next mission was to overthrow the machines in the Cerebro-dominated America the Exiles had just landed in. The Exiles destroyed a giant mechanical centipede and a squad of Sentinels. Later, the Panther questioned the nature of their missions. The next morning, Blink disappeared to find food and the remaining Exiles mistakenly thought themselves attacked by Ultron (actually housing Hank Pym's consciousness), the Vision and M-51. The five Exiles were overpowered and taken back to Ultron/Pym's labs.

(Exiles III#5) - Blink arrived at the labs and freed her colleagues from stasis where they had meanwhile learned of Cerebro's genocidal robot-led takeover of North America and the efforts of the three androids to thwart Cerebro. Blink teleported them all away as Sentinels attacked. The Panther, Witch and Polaris then set out and destroyed many of Cerebro's robot servants while the other three Exiles destroyed Cerebro. All six were then shunted by Morph back to Earth-90631 to retry fixing it.

(Exiles III#6) - The Exiles set up a ruse to turn Magneto's daughters against each other and destroyed their fragile rule over Genosha, although the Witch-90631 secretly replaced the Exile's Witch-8823. Successful in their mission, the Exiles were teleported to "Earth-Chill" where they relaxed for a while. Secretly distrustful of Blink, the other five Exiles avoided their next mission with the Panther knocking Blink out. The five then investigated the massive crystal structure of the Panoptichron, seeing other new teams of Exiles be assembled. The five were then pulled into the main control room housing Morph, Heather Hudson (Earth-3470) and Nocturne (Earth-2182). They were all confronted by the (female) Kang, who had her consciousness linked to the Panoptichron and had manipulated it to help fix the multiverse. Each of the new Exiles was able to have a brief glance of their home reality; the Panther elected not to return and consoled Beast when he realized that he and the now-deceased Wonder Man had been more than just buds. Each of the five Exiles were then granted their own Tallus and with Nocturne replacing Blink on their team, they teleported to Earth-9744 to rescue Moonboy.

Comments: Created by Jeff Parker (writer) and Salva Espin (pencils & inks).

And that is where this volume of the Exiles ends. The trade paperback collecting these six issues includes scripts for the original intended ending of issue 6 plus scripts for issues 7 and 9. While I wouldn't consider these in continuity, I have provided their summaries below.

(Exiles III#6) - Back with Blink again, the Exiles were transported to a world dominated by magic-users and where technology was severely impeded by selfish gods raising the boiling point of water. Their mission unclear, the Exiles arrived too late to stop Agatha Harkness' assassination by a giant Dormammu and his servants, Baron Mordo and Damballah.

(Exiles III#7) - Beast hurled a massive teleportation javelin generated by Blink at Dormammu, who was then expelled from this world. Still empowered by Dormammu, Mordo and Damballah promised to send the Exiles back to their respective homes if they served them. Mistrustful, the Exiles instead sought out Dr. Strange, who directed them to the Eye of Agamotto held by Dr. Doom. In Latveria, the Exiles fought Dr. Doom, but they all fell from magic blasts generated by the Witch-90631, who then passed the Eye to Mordo and Damballah.

(Exiles III#8 - BTS) - The Exiles returned to the Panoptichron before being sent on a new mission, although they now knew that the Witch on their team actually came from Earth-90631.

(Exiles III#9) - Apparently back on Earth-9744, the Panther and the other Exiles helped the native Tigra escape dinosaurs and savage man-apes as part of the Tallus' instructions to save Tigra.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
The Panther (T'Chaka) has no known connections to:


Earth-1119

Time travels slightly faster on Earth-1119. Here, Storm and T'Challa had a son, T'Chaka, who took on the family heritage of the Panther. Earth-1119 also had super-powered teams like the X-Men and Avengers, plus a Magneto-ruled Genosha.

--Exiles III#1 (6


Klaw killed

Klaw

Klaw of Earth-1119 was much the same as his Earth-616 counterpart and had a murderous vendetta against the Panther family. He killed T'Chaka, but was in turn slain by T'Challa.

 

--Exiles III#1 (6


L-10

L-10

L-10 was the robotic helper of T'Chaka in the guise of a lion. Its eyes emitted beams of light in the dark. It was destroyed by Klaw.

 

 

 

 

 

--Exiles III#1


T'Challa and Storm avenge their son's death

Panther (T'Challa) & Storm

T'Challa and Storm were the parents of T'Chaka. After their son's apparent death, T'Challa came out of retirement and finally found a way to kill Klaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Exiles III#6


Sh'ri

Sh'ri

Sh'ri took on the mantle of the Panther in the wake of her brother's demise. She was destined to become the greatest Panther of all, which made T'Chaka very proud.

 

 

 

--Exiles III#6


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Exiles: Point of No Return tpb, script text p6, pan2 (main image)
Exiles III#2, p15, pan3 (headshot)
Exiles III#1, cover (claws)
Exiles III#6, p32, pan3 (Klaw)
Exiles III#6, p32, pan3 (Panther & Storm)
Exiles III#6, p32, pan4 (Sh'ri)


Appearances:
Exiles III#1 (June, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Salva Espin (pencils & inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Exiles III#2 (July, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Salva Espin (pencils & inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Exiles III#3 (August, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Salva Espin (pencils & inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Exiles III#4 (September, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Casey Jones (pencils), Karl Kesel (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Exiles III#5 (October, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Casey Jones (pencils), Karl Kesel (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Exiles III#6 (November, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Salva Espin (pencils & inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Exiles: Point of No Return tpb, collecting issues #1-6 plus additional script and character art


Last updated: 10/03/12

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