I feel like the marriage needed more exploration. As I recall Priest planned the marriage originally or had plans for it. But it's good he felt regret for leaving it hanging. Did Hudlin mention what he would have done differently?Hudlin's best attribute was that he genuinely loved the character, or at least the concept. The cringy writing (that to his credit got better over time) was more forgivable (for some) because of the genuine intent.
With that said...
I actually spoke with Hudlin before and he expressed regret about how he left the situation. It was catharsis for some to hear that, but that ain't changing what was done. Too many of his ideas while well intentioned were too short-sighted and ended up backfiring big time for years to come.
- He married BP to Storm, all the while having BP punk the x-men several times... to this day the x-office remains passive aggressive to BP. The marriage itself is arguably the worst and least rewarding thing to ever happen to the character
- He killed off BP's male friends as part of his Shuri is now BP storyline. W'Kabi and Zuri in particular, who ain't been heard from since.
- He created Shuri -a character whose entire agency was to take the throne- and then, as his exit strategy, starts a plot where T'Challa is left half dead to clear the way for Shuri to be BP. He then retires from writing BP, and leaves it to editorial to clean up the mess. This led to a decade of "deconstruction".
I loved the Hudlin run. I was interning at Marvel when it came out. I personally think it struck a nice balance of T'challa as a human and a master mind. I think compared to the current run it looks much better than it ever did.Do you think it's aged well, or aged well against the current BP runs?