...And refuses to share it with the outside world out of spite.
We start off with a flashback of the previous Black Panther, T'Chaka, attending a Bilderberg Conference.
yes, those evil Westerners, so obsessed with profit that they would
rather keep people sick and buying medicine than cure them. That's why
we focused on keeping polio sufferers in iron lungs rather than
virtually wiping out the disease via vaccines, amiright?
given that this is the only scene of the conference itself, we have to
just take T'Chaka's word for it that "every conversation here is framed
in terms of profit and power". And I'm not that inclined to believe
him, given how he clearly just arrived, and the man who spoke to him was
pleading that he would pay any price, instead of trying to
bargain the best deal for himself. Really, T'Chaka's the only one who
looks to be concerned with power, considering his blatant invocation of
his title to smack down the little person.
Now, here T'Chaka
hints that Wakanda has the cure to some diseases, but doesn't specify
which. That comes later in the issue, right after T'Challa has taken
the title of Black Panther from his uncle and become king. What's the
first thing on the mind of the ruler of this nation of such mature,
too the old Wakandan muttering about how the west would somehow turn
the cure for cancer into a weapon. This is pretty hilarious considering
that the very first thing we learn about Wakanda in this run is
that they've constantly been applying their technological advancement to
weapons and making sure they have a bigger, better military than anyone
else. Seriously, the first six pages of issue one take place in
5th-century Wakanda, showing that they had developed ways to kill people
that the "barbarians" in England wouldn't devise for another five
2 2/3 pages from Black Panther 3, by the delightful Reginald Hudlin