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Black Panther #1

(Black Panther (2016) (Single Issues) #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,676 ratings  ·  543 reviews
A new era for the Black Panther starts here! Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, "A Nation Under Our Feet" is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther's struggle to do right by his people as their ruler. The indomitable will of Wakan ...more
Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published April 6th 2016 by Marvel Comics
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Dave Schaafsma
Coates writes Between the World and Me and none other than Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison anoints him as successor to James Baldwin. The world is your oyster, Coates, crack it open. What do you want to do, Return to Go Tell it on the Mountain? Nope. Or not yet. Time to retrench and take the opportunity to call forth that comics nerd in yourself, the one that was always there, and make comics yourself! Living the geek dream, man! I smiled to see this comic as going back to the roots of who is, ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Visually, the art is very appealing; it is both bold and slick at the same time. The story too, is something new. Wakanda has always been this technological wonderland and now it is undergoing a tremendous upheaval. Before long, this series would inform future takes on the Black Panther and it all started here.
Crystal Starr Light
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Yeah, I picked it up because I loved Black Panther in the movie. So shoot me.

I'm still not sure what to think. It definitely feels like I popped into the middle of a story, but it seems to be the first in a line?

You canNOT blame it for lack of representation. 1) ALL the characters are black. 2) MANY of the characters are female. 3) The one overt romantic relationship is a lesbian one.
B. P. Rinehart
I do not usually review an individual issue of a comic because it is like (in the modern age, the old days were different) reviewing one chapter or part of a chapter of a book. That's why my comicbook reviews are of graphic novels or trade paperbacks, it gives a complete story. I have to make an exception in this case as this may be one of the most hyped/read comics of the new millennium.

Though I know from interviews leading up to this book what Ta-Nehisi Coates is trying to do, this is only th
Sam Quixote
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I’ve read a couple of his solo books and seen him crop up in events and team titles but I don’t know much about Black Panther - though I was honestly hoping to be blown away with this comic - and I think a number of people coming to this are in the same boat. That’s why I don’t think Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s much anticipated Black Panther #1 is a very good start: it really doesn’t give you a good idea of who Black Panther is and that must have been one of the primary goals of this ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recent events have demonstrated that the once unconquerable Wakanda is now vulnerable. The worst part of that is the threat seems to be coming from within Wakanda.

I struggle with relating to T'Challa as a character. In a group he seems outstanding, but in his solo titles I've often been underwhelmed. I'm not sure exactly why that is, because I want to like him much more than I do. Black Panther #1 revolves around turmoil in Wakanda. That part was straight forward, but their was a part involving
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-issues
This might be the first literary comic I've read in a while. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing yet. Coates has been nothing but honest about his venture into writing a comic book. I won't hold that against anyone adjusting to a new medium. This is a revamped Panther and it's hard to judge a comic run on a first issue. I think 1-4 are usually all about set-ups anyway. Coates HAS INTRODUCED A WHOLE NEW WAKANDA, cast of characters, and villains.

I am anticipating subsequent issues and wil
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This review can also be found on my graphic novels blog:

Although I am a Marvel fan, I didn’t know much about Black Panther going into this book- all I knew was that he was the African king of the advanced nation of Wakanda and was married to Storm. Hearing that the well-regarded author Ta-Nehisi Coates was penning this new series, made me excited to give it a try. I buddy-read this book with a co-worker and friend (TW) because I wanted his trusted opinion
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators and The Book Nook
New spin, great storytelling, amazing and beautifully drawn. Here we go!
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
The artwork is very appealing but the story is non existent. Nothing really happens and what does happen, takes way too long for it to occur.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope
My eyes glazed over while reading this. I haven't seen exposition this heavy since Chris Claremont. The type that doesn't even reference what's happening in the panel. If that weren't enough, I have no idea what's happening except that it's allegory for race relations and hatred in America. Far less exposition, more action, explanation, and dialog are needed here. ...more
Rusty Grey
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I've read three comic books back to back . And this is the best of them all . Maybe I'm still suffering from Black Panther hangover . Whatever the reason Black Panther #1 is a great comic book .

The technologically advanced nation of Wakanda is marred by unrest and discontent among its people towards King T'Challa . He is trying to cope with his personal loss as well as trying to be a better ruler .

This is the debut comic of Ta-Nehisi Coates , and impresses with his story . Re
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading my first Marvel graphic novel - blown away by the stunning artwork (and loved the “variant” pages which are an art gallery placed throughout the story - like an intermission - and I’m assuming they’re an artistic tribute to Black Panther drawn by leading comics artists). I’m new to the details of the story (although I did see the movie) so I felt like I missed some backstory - but found the complex, multi-layered story to be riveting and was surprised and thrilled to find f ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Considering all the hype, I think it's a very good sign that I can say that I wasn't disappointed. Coates and Stelfreeze hit the ground running, not in terms of action-packed scenes, but in terms of complexity. This issue 1 reveals a very promising foundation for the development of multiple complex characters (family relationships, loss, personal responsibility) and socio-economic and socio-political themes.

Though the script was good (although I think that the visual flow of the script/letterin
Rachel Fellows
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been reading the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates off and on for years, so I got pretty excited when I heard the he was going to dive into comic book writing. I wasn't disappointed...well, I was: when I reached the end of this issue.

I'm a casual comic book fan (and though I'm a Marvel in tastes, I do stick to more indie stuff), so prior to reading this book, I didn't know much about Black Panther and Wakanda. This made me step back a bit and think about how frustrating it is that I know about the M
Mr. Cody
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know this dude could write comics. I've read some of his stuff from The Atlantic, but hey nice crossover appeal.

Regarding issue #1, it was a good, solid read. I'm way behind on Marvel's hijinks, so I was a little lost.

Honestly, what I love about this book is that it is SELF -CONTAINED. Thank god there wasn't the obligatory Captian America/ Iron Man/ cameo. To be quite honest, thank god there weren't any Americans or white people at all! What they need to do now is KEEP EXPANDING. It's
 The Black Geek
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
YASsss! I am completely living for this interpretation of T'challa and the visual representation of Wakanda's technologically advanced society. It is refreshing to see a world fully inspired by the creativity, intellect, and landscape of the African continent. I am looking forward to reading issue #2. ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: issue-1, comic-block
While there's no big bad villain in this issue, and actually focuses more on what I think are King Tchalla's bodyguards, (I think Iv seen them in other volumes, only reason I know) and the problems in Wakanda, this issue leaves me far from impressed, but on the other hand if this issue is this good without much.. 'villainy' going on, I think it's a promising start. ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even more...

I thought the Illuminati arc and New Avengers fleshed out the society in Wakanda well. But this series is going to do the world building that Black Panther deserves. Awesome writing and a dynamic art style that is refreshing to see again. #WeAreWakanda
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not that good but loved the art.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I had a whole ton of opinions back a few years ago when I read this, about art and literature, and about who it's made for and why that matters, and whether it's possible to revive a cultural property in a way that makes it accessible to new audiences while also being deeply meaningful to the ride-or-dies, and whether I, fitting into basically none of the possible demographics for this book, have any right to have thoughts about it at all, and whether writing something that essentially excludes ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
As someone who wasn't raised to read comic books and is certainly new to the genre, rather than focusing on the plot and the adventure, I was far more intrigued by the concepts of race posed in this book. Black Panther, is all about Race, and yet is not about race at all. Meaning, Wakanda is a fictional African nation, where race move beyond skin color, and is categorized more by culture, ancestry, and region. Yet, this story is a reflection of our real society where race is a tool for power. Ra ...more
JeaNida Luckie-Weatherall
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good Read

This was my first read by this author and first comic in eBook form. First time reading a superhero comic and I love Coates and I'm glad I have it a try. Good job Ta-Nehisi Coates.
For years I thought I just didn't like the comic book form (The Complete Maus excepted). Then I learned that no, graphic novels were fine, what I didn't like was superhero comics. Unfortunately, reading all the Hugo nominated works has me reading superhero comics again . . . and confirming I still prefer my caped crusaders in movie format.

So: if you are super into superhero comics, this is probably great. As a more or less Marvel novice, though, the vast parade of characters who I assume I'm sup
Erica Clou
The first issue is just a few pages long (I borrowed the combined issues 1-4) and introduces us to the Black Panther and 4 female characters and one other male but doesn’t give us a lot of clarity yet on what’s going on except that Wakanda is in a state of anarchy and needs to be reunited.

I’ve never read a superhero comic before but I love Coates so I’m excited for this series.
feux d'artifice
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love the art. The storyline is rather "grand" introducing large scale events and many different story threads that haven't quite come together yet but you get the sense that it will down the line. Also YAY CANON LESBIAN REVOLUTIONARIES!! ...more
John de' Medici
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Was mesmerized page to page by the beautiful art.

A fan of Ta-Nehisi Coates, a big reason too why I picked this up. I think he did pretty well for a first comic writing gig.

Hope it only gets better...
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Exciting beginning - I can't wait to see how the storylines develop! ...more
Jarika Tucker
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very strong start... I'm looking forward to the next. ...more
Jenny Lynn
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very good beginning. I'm anxious to read #2. Also the lady at the comic shop was right: the artwork is gorgeous. ...more
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, a finalist for the National Book Award. A MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow, Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story "The Case for Reparations." He lives in New York with his wife and son. ...more

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