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Black Panther, Vol. 3: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 3

(Black Panther (2016/2018) (Collected Editions) #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,152 ratings  ·  238 reviews
The full truth of the People's revolution - and the power players supporting it - has been revealed! Now, T'Challa must fight like never before for the fate of his nation - and one of his most trusted allies is back to stand by his side. As the final battle begins, the entirety of Wakanda's glorious history may be their most potent weapon. But even if the People fall, can ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Marvel (first published April 12th 2017)
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Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Coates finishes up his intolerable Black Panther run with a whimper. The civil war ends and then everyone sits around talking about what a new government should entail but nothing gets established. A meandering end for a book that was nothing but insufferable dialogue. The book was only 4 new issues followed by 3 issues of New Avengers that are only like 2 years old.
B. P. Rinehart
I usually start off with the introductory quote, but this volume that wraps-up the first story-arc of Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther is a book tailor-made to pander to your local HBCU's social sciences department...and I cannot be happier for it:
Changamire: "If you studied you would find that your dilemma is not an original one. That book chronicles the attempt to raise an entire race of kings. And every year...[they] were charged with keeping thousands more underfoot.
Can you imagine it? Who
It started strong in regards to the Golden City and the turmoil in Wakanda but then it unraveled in the latter part of the novel.

Still interesting in topic so I will finish the series.

OVERALL GRADE: B minus to B.
May 13, 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 c
Saif Saeed
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mixed feelings here.

On the one hand Coates captures the ideological and philosophical elements of Wakanda very well. Black Panther and especially Wakanda stories are complex, bordering and dipping into convoluted sometimes. Coates Wakanda walks that line.

The action shots in these last few issues are terrible. I can't believe something like this could get published. Coates writes of armies and at no point were there ever more than five Wakandans in one panel or on one page. At no point is there a
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Here's the problem I'm having with the first three trades (or as I've read them digital floppies), and its that I feel like I'm supposed to like this series. Coates is big time award winning author, right? Political correctness says I'm supposed to like this, because it's the second time, that I know of, that an African-America writer has taken on this series.

Except, at best it's a middling read. It took more than two thirds of the first season, as even Marvel is calling the run now, for Coates
Michael Adams
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are some issues of pacing and there is still a surfeit of 'talking head' scenes, but this book has grown on me. It continues being an intelligent, introspective, personally and politically insightful examination of a superhero who is also the leader of his own nation. The large cast of characters feels more better managed in these issues and I find myself more invested in the events as I find my bearings in the complex landscape presented here.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I kept reading this plotline hoping that it would get better, or at least that something interesting would happen, but it was just sub-par the whole way through.

The worst part is that they have been building up to this huge battle for ages now, and when it finally happens we don't get cool looking armies, we get like five guys duking it out, and with people in the background like "oh no, what a huge clash this is!". This is a comic, so there is not special FX budget. If there is supposed to be
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, marvel
A really good, nuanced, THOUGHTFUL ending to a really good, complex, inexorable arc. I am tempted to take off a star for the huge weakness of the older (not written by Ta-Nehisi Coates) excerpts at the back, but old arcs at the back are rarely germaine to the actual book, so I will just sweep them aside.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second volume didn't do anything for me (except Shuri kicking butt which was grand) but this one was everything I was hoping for and more.
Matthew Quann
Seen from the end of this 12-issue opening arc, A Nation Under Our Feet feels like not only progress forward for T'Challa, but for all of Wakanda. With a much needed shot in the arm, provided by the return of Shuri, T'Challa is finally ready to take on The People and the rogue Dora Milaje. What's both refreshing and frustrating is how much of this comic ends up being talking heads deciding the fate of Wakanda.

This is mostly due to my conflicting desires for a Black Panther comic: I want it to be
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I guess the really interesting thing about this storyline is that not only is it not a good entrypoint to Black Panther because of the sheer density of its worldbuilding, but it's also not a good entrypoint because what it really is, is an epilogue to a number of storylines that have come before it. Vol. 1 begins on a sort of funereal note -- Wakanda is not the nation it once was. But this just feels like the standard 'It is a time of war' opening that lays the foundation for many action stories ...more
Cameron H
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Of this run, I think this - Book 3 - is probably the best. Of course, this isn't too surprising considering this is the culmination of the previous two volumes. The storytelling is more economical here, and the stakes are clear.

However, I believe that every story - in its own way - is an argument. Every word and every scene should be making a case for why it matters - essentially, why should you care and why should you continue. And unfortunately, I don't feel like Coates ever successfully wins
One of the revolutions threatening T'Challa's rule is disposed of after a very short skirmish. The other sits down with T'Challa and they talk for most of the comic, and then T'Challa decides the people will be allowed to vote for representatives and they'll share power with the king. I am not clear on what changed his mind. This series is ambitious but frustrating. I'm rarely clear on what's going on or why.

Stelfreeze is back doing the art, and luckily this time the art is focused on talking he
Joe Young
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Ta-Nehisi Coates - writer
Brian Stelfreeze & Chris Sprouse - illustrators

Another very solid effort from Coates & co. that somehow falls just short of the mark. The art by Stelfreeze and Sprouse is excellent, the two artists meld their styles seamlessly. The writing has all the elements of a triumphant conclusion, but somehow the sum of the parts is less than the whole. I am still confident that Coates will evolve into a good-to-great writer of comic books, but he's not there yet and his progress
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the entire series is great, really subversive and thought-provoking; the second and third one were my favorites.

also, the visuals are goddamn STUNNING
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well, that’s over with...

The third part of Ta-Nehesi Coates’ foray into the graphic novel form is only mildly better than the first two...characters seem to finally come more into their own and the dialogue feels a little stronger, although no less stilted, as the resolution to Wakanda’s civil strife leads to a discussion about how to move forward into a better, more just society.

I get it, Mr. Coates: Wakanda is the Africa of the Twenty-First Century looking for a way forward while seeking to ho
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, comics
Having read the first arc of Coates' first foray into comics and fiction I feel like I can safely suss out my feelings on Black Panther. That is, I have no real feelings about it. I spent too much time just trying to figure out this series that I never felt emotionally invested in the story. I don't NOT like it; it’s interesting and complex and even the parts of this series I find iffy are still worthwhile. It’s just I never feel all that compelled to read more?

I find Coates’ Black Panther simil
Michael O'Brien
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
The first part of this was mildly entertaining, but then it goes into a mess of a plot that I couldn't even follow or relate to the first part or to Book 2 in this series --- unexpectedly throwing in superheroes (?) I've never heard of ---- and trying to tie Black Panther in with the Fantastic Four franchise. It was really baffling. It just didn't seem to make any sense to me. I can only guess that this book has references to back stories in the Black Panther canon that only a devoted hardcore s ...more
Leo McBride
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've been reading through quite a lot of Black Panther collections before and after watching the movie - and man, the work by Ta-Nehisi Coates is both tantalising and frustrating.
This is the third collection from his Black Panther run, and while I enjoyed a great deal about the ideas and philosophies explored within the book... man, it just didn't hold up as a comic story.
I honestly grew very, very tired of seeing the characters either sitting around or standing around talking. There's a deart
Chris Thompson
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
At times thoughtful, at times too talky and clunky with philosophy. Where its intellectualism serves as a strength, the lack of any magnetic characters and the weakness of the action sequences, which lack any weight or power, makes this a mixed bag. Mostly, Coates strikes a good balance between entertainment and intriguing ideas, but there is a lack of emotional heft in this series.

I know T'Challa is supposed to be a flawed ruler, but I have yet to feel any sort of emotional connection with his
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i found book 1 fairly confusing - if beautiful - but the threads all came together by book 3 in a way that was even more satisfying than i expected. a good story and great storytelling. i especially loved the roles given to shuri and the dora milaje. it would have been easy to keep them as side characters, but instead shuri really transformed the relationships among wakanda's warring factions, allowing the midnight warriors to become significant architects of the nation's future. i can't wait to ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I personally felt that this was the best volume yet. T'Challa is finally the man that he should be, Queen Shuri is some sort of mystical, ancient Wakanda badass with a great outfit, plus there is plenty of war AND exposition. This seemed more thoughtfully put together and the reader learned more about Wakanda (nation & people) than I think came across the previous volumes. ...more
Owen Townend
A sensible ending to the political drama. With so many elements of Wakanda disenfranchised with the current kingship, compromise is truly the only way forward. Though the extremist faction isn't so easily appeased, Coates opts for the next best scenario.

Above all else I'm relieved that forgiveness proved more vital than vengeance to this tale. While T'Challa and Shuri could have exacted punishment, they opted to be better and take proper care of their people. Then again you wouldn't want superhe
Esme Stevenson
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was the book that originally made me pick up the series. The cover art was so striking, it caught my attention. I enjoyed the series as a whole, but looking at other reviews I see I'm not alone in thinking that this graphic novel was written like a straight up novel. The story itself was great, thought-provoking and challenging, but it felt somewhat poorly executed with in a graphic novel setting. Ta-Nehisi Coates seems like a wonderful writer, and I would be interested in picking up one of ...more
Alex Sarll
The revolution/insurgency/civil war in Wakanda reaches its climax, and Coates has plenty to say about the uneasy alliances such times bring, the messy compromises, and the need still to know when and where you really can’t compromise: “A philosopher brandishes an impractical morality, while a king preaches an immoral practicality.” In the first volume I was uneasy with the way his take on Wakanda seemed to be playing into cliches of Africa, but if that was ever the case it’s far less so now: wit ...more
Okay work, I feel as though I'm losing parts of the story even though I am reading them in sequence. I feel as though I need to go back and read more about what happened prior to Coates' run in order to fully understand what is happening now. Also the continued use of Wakandan terms without a handy translation guide is tiring to me.

All of the above is frustrating to me because I usually love political thrillers and this is working through the coup of a country, with multiple factions trying to a
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This trade contains the thrilling conclusion to the Nation Under Our Feet storyline, putting a rest to rebellion and facing a bold new future for Wakanda. And then it has part of a confusing New Avengers story line that would probably make a lot more sense in any other context. I'm genuinely not sure why those three issues were added to this trade, because they don't add to this story much at all. Though they feature Black Panther characters, I think they would be better suited to a collection d ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant dealing with the changing face of Wakanda and the fallout of the Civil War! T'Challa's solution sets Wakanda up for dealing with the wider world as well and mirrors the events in the Black Panther movie neatly! Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 tackles issues without picking sides as they all have a point which T'Challa has to take on! At the same time is full of a adventure and action that will keep you on your toes! The characters are all three-dimensional with the charac ...more
Pat Perkins
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-reads
My wife got these for me several years ago, and I read them one at a time, but several months apart. So I kind of lost the story each time I picked one up, which is ok, because I figured things out rather quickly. It’s entertaining and like all comic books, it assumes you know a bit of the back story and that you’ll continue reading further to learn what happens next. I was a Batman guy when I was younger, and I knew all about his story, but this was my first foray into the Marvel Universe, outs ...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.

Other books in the series

Black Panther (2016/2018) (Collected Editions) (9 books)
  • Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1
  • Black Panther, Vol. 2: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2
  • 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
  • Black Panther, Vol. 9: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part Four

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