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Black Panther, Vol. 2: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2

(Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,267 ratings  ·  347 reviews
Counting down the final days of the kingdom of Wakanda! As Zenzi and The People poison Wakanda’s citizens against the Black Panther, a cabal of nation-breakers is assembled. And Ayo and Aneka, the Midnight Angels, are courted to raise their land to new glory! His allies dwindling, T’Challa must rely on his elite secret police, the Hatut Zeraze, and fellow Avenger Eden Fesi ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Marvel Comics
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Paul E. Morph
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This book intrigues me more than I actually enjoy it.

I like the expansion and exploration of Wakanda's history and culture. I like the philosophical aspects. I like the artwork. I liked the ending to this volume.

I'm not as keen on the somewhat glacial pacing. I didn't like T'Challa justifying why he put a team together consisting entirely of black superheroes. I felt like the writer was trying to justify his choices to the reader and he really didn't need to. It felt false, somehow.

Still, like I
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
T'Challa facing difficulty from within his country seeks help from outside it.

A Nation Under Our Feet Book 2 suffers from the same problem as book 1, they are trying to fit a story seemingly made for a novel into a comic. There aren't enough bubbles, boxes, or pages to make that all fit. The storytelling is simply too slow for a comic book. This is essentially volume 2. Only two things have happened and only one problem has been resolved. It's just holding my interest enough to continue even tho
Stewart Tame
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book 2 is more action-packed than Book 1. We've often been told that the Panther is a king, but this series is the first time I can recall where we've actually gotten a sense of what that means. Coates gives us a sense of the real responsibilities of kingship, what it means to the people of Wakanda to have their leader off on adventures with the Avengers and so on. I think my favorite scene in the whole book was the confrontation with Zeke Stane ...

The book is rounded out by some classic reprint
B. P. Rinehart

This book is the second trade paperback of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther and finally everything is starting to click in the right direction creatively. We find T'Challa on the back foot as the rebellion against him on two-fronts is no longer manageable by him-alone. He makes a further bad gamble that his enemies capitalize on and use to further undermine his legitamcy with the Wakandan people. Luckily, being an Avenger has its perks. At the same time, th
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Still not sure about this. There are things that I like: the Panther's "voice", political problems in the kingdom. Right now the theme seems to be about leadership and ruling: how do you keep people happy? How do you deal with rebellious people, a gentle hand of friendship or the iron fist of retaliation?

For some reason, I'm having a problem following the multiple subplots. I don't think it's me, having read and watched many things like this. I suspect it is the writing, but I can't pinpoint wh
Again, it had potential but it's all over the place.

OVERALL GRADE: C plus to B minus.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Black Panther takes Ezekial Stane out of the equation, brings his "Crew" of black heroes in briefly, and lots of boring stories between Shuri and her mom before T'Challa goes to get her back.

The Good: Chris Sprouse's art is very good. I've been a fan since his Legion of Super-Heroes days.

The Bad: Coates continues his glacially slow pacing. I don't understand how this award winning artist can write such stilted dialogue.

The Ugly: This is one of the most boring ongoing books I've ever read. Also i
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel
Pleasure reading shouldn't feel like a chore. 3 stars out of respect for the art and the world-building, but that's as far as it goes for me. ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another really slow volume that does more setting up than knocking down. Digressions in the form of tribal legends and long conversations and a lack of action made this a really slow read.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Well I liked this one better then the first, and the artwork is gorgeous, and I love how they are blending myth and legend into futuristic Sci-fi, BUT I still can’t say it’s awesome. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s Coates, he’s a great author, but not exactly known for his action/adventure/sci-fi. Maybe they should have tapped Binti’s Okorafor or The Broken Earth’s Jemisin instead? I love the world they’ve created, but this story isn’t grabbing me.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Great potential in the story here - such a cool world - but the storytelling and pacing continue to be a challenge for the reader.
Michael O'Brien
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This actually has two different portions --- one written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and an older story line originally written by Stan Lee. I found the portion written by Coates to be rather slow-moving with the Black Panther being given to long-winded soliloquys and too much introspection. It made me think of Hamlet if he was an Avenger. To be honest, I'm new to the Black Panther stories, but, from the Avengers: Civil War movie, I've been under the impression that Black Panther is a man of action so I ...more
Matthew Quann
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Prompted by the excellent new Black Panther film, I'm catching up on all of the Ta-Nehisi Coates' run! This second volume continues the political and thematically heavy storyline that finds T'Challa struggling with an insurgent group who continue to question his leadership. There's also the continuity-heavy inclusion of an Iron Man villain that works quite well given the villain's M.O. The art here is good, though not as tight and appealing as Brian Stelfreeze's art from the first book.

My big p
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD. I've never read such a well-written graphic, it's like I'm reading a richly dialogue-laden novel with beautiful artwork serving as the supporting storyteller (which, now that I think on it, is how all graphics should be). I skipped the Black Panther throwback snippets after the story ended because I heard they were terrible (and the artwork was just so outdated, it was a huge turn off... I assumed the text would feel the same). I kind of wish I'd waited for this to be released as a comp ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really digging his style! (would be 5 stars) The only thing that really beefs me is that this volume was only 3 issues!? Some might argue that they provide older issues to supplement the lack of issues, but I don't know. To me it seems like Marvel has no problem donating money to an ethically bankrupt administration and charging nerds to cover the bill.. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Considering that it's been four years since I read and reviewed Vol. 1, I think it's safe to say that I stumbled pretty hard on continuing with this storyline. I picked up Vols 2 and 3 immediately, but just couldn't hack them. Making sense of Vol 1 was a lot of work, and a lot of it was propelled by loving Stelfreeze's art, so the fact that he steps back on this volume is a letdown. This is also the book where Coates just starts adding Marvel Universe characters without a ton of explanation why ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, black-panther
If you didn't like vol.1 because there was too much talk there's little chance you'll like this one better. Revolutions are talking affairs.

Coates somehow managed to cram a political novel into 12 comic books so of course it's laden with dialogues. His talent is to make them resounding and not annoying.
The stakes and motives are clear, as well as the schematic of a revolution turning into terror. The allegiances and their evolution are clearly exposed. The personal conflicts and desires of the
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous art, ambitious theme, a nation fighting for its freedom, a king struggling to find his role, warring factions, stunning women and men, a celebration of African heritage. This is a lovely volume to look at and ponder, however the story is scattered, the writing is heavy and vague. I will be continuing the series, but I wish I would not have to read everything three times in order to follow the story.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since a marvel comic book run has made me laugh, cheer and cry all in one Volume.

This one did.

There was a specific surprise that popped up in here, and as soon as it happened this immediately became a 5-star read.

I love this run and I need to get my hands on all of the volumes!!!!
Cameron H
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This series continues to not blow me away. It sucks because there are really cool elements (the introduction of The Crew), but they get bogged down in a quagmire of boring subplots that I just can't muster the energy to give a crap about.

Artwork continues to be sublime!
Joe Young
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Ta-Nehisis Coates - writer
Chris Sprouse - illustrator

Another solid effort from writer Coates. He makes progress towards becoming a good comic book writer in this volume, but still has a ways to go. Sprouse takes over on pencils for Stellfreeze, who handled art in volume one. Sprouse does a solid job, and his style is very similar to Stellfreeze. The story still tends to move a little slowly and the world-building, while impressive in scope and epic in tone, tends to drag the pace down even more
Derek Newman-Stille
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another powerful narrative by Ta-Nehisi Coates that explores the complexity of the Black Panther and ideas of kingship, citizenship, and critical belonging. Coates opens up critical questions about revolution and belonging, nationhood and resistance, proposing a rethinking of the notion of nationality itself.

Coates' Black Panther is a character who is caught between multiple identities and roles that he has to perform from the super heroic to the role of king and his own emotional depth as a pe
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Yeah, I'm cheating I'm doing the reviews for the floppies under the TPB.

The main reason I keep trudging through this book every month is because Coates is an award winning author. But, I don't think Coates has caught onto the difference between writing essays, books, and a monthly comic.

A writer can get away with a slow build in a novel, but with a monthly comic you need to give that reader a reason to come in every month. The story needs to move at a different pace than a Stephen King or George
Alex Sarll
A much more satisfying experience than the first volume, in which Coates seems to be settling in to the subtly different art of writing comics rather than prose, and the story feels like it's meshing much better with Wakanda as previously seen. Though for once, the old issues stuffed in the back to fill out a slender collection really help with that: I'd never read any of Panther's Rage before, but if that was Coates' formative vision of the character where mine was the Priest run, then no wonde ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Again: this is probably the best-written Marvel run right now. The basic premise of suggesting that Wakanda is not a peaceful paradise, but a complex, complicated nation with a deep, nuanced history is so refreshing. Coates writing is a perfect blend of humor, poetry, and drama. To paint a revolution as he does is no easy task, but he pays proper dues to all of the participants and to their philosophies. Sometimes you forget you're reading a superhero comic, but then you see that there's no reas ...more
shayne avec i grec
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sequential-art
After such a strong start I am now convinced Ta-Nehisi Coates must be Panther King manifest. Whereas the initial chapters had me a little confused at moments from so much to take in and get caught up on, this arc drives forward in full swing with just a perfect dose of humor laced into its action and intrigue. I want more!
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read the individual issues when they came out and really enjoyed them, though I was slightly confused at the time. I am re-reading both this collection and the previous to see how well it all flows as a continuous story.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Coates starts to find his sea legs in this set of issues. #7 is particularly good; I think he'd do better on the Crew as a team book than Black Panther. Also his Hickman-isms really crank in issue 8. ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Read single issues, and these are the ones where it gets hard to wait another month for the next.
Erica McGillivray
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Coates' earlier work in this book pays off here. The story's coming to together, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the long-term vision. ...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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Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates (9 books)
  • A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1
  • Black Panther, Vol. 3: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 3
  • Black Panther, Vol. 4: Avengers of the New World, Part One
  • Black Panther, Vol. 5: Avengers of the New World, Part Two
  • Black Panther, Vol. 6: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part One
  • Black Panther, Vol. 7: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part Two
  • Black Panther, Vol. 8: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part Three
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