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Black Panther: World of Wakanda

(Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1-6)

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"YOU DESERVED SO MUCH MORE, LITTLE FLOWER. YOU DESERVED A WAKANDA THAT CHERISHED YOU." Writer ROXANE GAY (Bad Feminst, Hunger) spins a Wakandan love story — its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect ...more
Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Marvel (first published June 14th 2017)
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Dave Schaafsma
The winner of the Eisner award of 2018 for Best Limited Series and also now cancelled, I have heard. There are three stories here in this volume, but the last two are disconnected to the main story, and not consequential. The main story is a kind of prequel to Black Panther, where the perspective of women dominate. It's centrally a love story between The Midnight Angels, or Ayo and Aneka, of Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect Black Panther, or Wakanda, or both? The action is a b ...more
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
It's a shame this book was cancelled however, similar to Mariko Tamaki's Hulk series, I'm shocked Marvel allowed it to get made. I'm glad it did, however.

This felt like a romance novel. The center story of this book is the romance between Aneka and Ayo and the things they go through trying to keep it. We get snapshots of what's going on in Avengers World, Black Panther's series and the beginning of T'Challa's role in the Ultimates. I haven't read those in their entirety but, considering T'Chall
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Chad
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I really wanted to like this but it read like a bad romance novel with stilted dialogue. These novelist that Marvel has come in to write comics need to know how to edit their work. The characters drone on and on. The book also takes place over everything that's happened in Wakanda from Avengers Vs. X-Men until the current Black Panther book. However, Roxanne Gay doesn't really tell you what's going on. It's written as a companion piece for A vs X, Infinity, Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Wars, a ...more
Erica
This came across my desk and I had to do a triple-take. I know the Black Panther movie is coming out next year and it looks like it will be amazing. (Edit, May '18: It was AMAZING! It's now my favorite Marvel movie and I want to follow Okoye around like a lovesick puppy and any movie that shows a woman taking off her high heels/wig to beat people in a fight is the best movie in my universe) Gabe's been foaming at the mouth over it forever so I know I'll be seeing it, whether I want to, or not. W ...more
Paul
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Is there really enough demand for THREE Black Panther books? I know he's got a movie coming out but he's always struggled to keep ONE book from cancellation in the past.

This corner of the Wakandan Triangle was exhausting to read, quite frankly. The overly verbose dialogue in this book makes Brian Michael Bendis seem positively pithy in comparison. I feel like when Marvel gets these 'celebrity' writers to write comicbooks, they're too awestruck to be as ruthless as they need to be when it comes t
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Eszter
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Amazing idea, not so good execution.

The artwork was fantastic, however the story of Ayo and Aneka could have been handled much better and in more detail. I feel like the characters and their motivation wasn't explored properly and the whole story was too rushed. Given how short the whole story was, there was no opportunity for me to get emotionally invested in their love.

I also didn’t understand why Aneka had such a hard time accepting their relationship. Not seeing how much her role as a servan
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Krista Regester
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I am disappointed - as a lover of graphic novels and Roxane Gay, I had high hopes. Each time you turned the page you were in a different location and had usually skipped weeks or months ahead in the story. It felt disjointed and you didn't have time to connect with any of the characters.

I also literally have NO idea what the last chapter was about or how it related to the rest of the story. Although it was in some ways the best written part of the entire book.
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Shannon
An overview of Wakanda from the perspective mostly of the royal bodyguards. The love tale is juvenile in its dialogue. There are some good tie ins to what happened behind the scenes. Artwork is somewhat good to good.

OVERALL GRADE: B minus.
Renata
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
(read as single issues)

*whispers* I thought the first volume of TNC's Black Panther was really confusing and hard to follow

*normal volume* But I subscribed to this anyway, because Roxane Gay. And I was correct to do so! I loved this book, and Ayo and Aneka's romance was so fun and beautiful.

I think a person (a person who is not a die-hard Black Panther fan but is interested!) could pick this up without reading the Black Panther series that this is technically a prequel to, since honestly....th
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Bogi Takács
I enjoyed this! Which was great after the disappointment of America vol. 1 :'( A longer review probably in a bit, IY"H.

It reads very self-contained, so not sure why they ended up canceling it super early, why not just declare it as a six-issue miniseries from the outset? I assume the second volume would have had a completely different story, tying into the main Black Panther storyline at a later point? I am confusedddd.

I need to go back and reread the beginning of Black Panther, but my comics ar
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Claire
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-harder-2018
A really fun read. It was great to read a Marvel comic that was so diverse and representative- it really felt like a story for the modern age.
Natasha
Aneka and Ayo had no business being the most in love lesbians and stealing my heart.
Thomas
This is solid. I'll start off with noting the protagonists of the story because I don't see this very often: Black. Lesbian. Warriors.

Ayo is a new recruit to the Dora Milaje, the protectors of the Black Panther and Wakanda. She has to learn her place, and in the process becomes enamored with her captain. This is a prequel to the Coates run of Black Panther, so we see how Wakanda is being neglected by T'Challa and what these women decide to do to protect their country.

The romance feels like it co
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Shernell
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awesome comic! I have to read more back and current issues of Black Panther but I really enjoyed this one.
Rod Brown
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
The stilted dialogue and awkward soap opera and comic book plotting nearly ruin the sweet romance at the heart of this story. I really wanted to like this more than I did.
Trike
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don’t know why it’s so hard to write a decent Black Panther story. All the cool elements are there, but for some reason no one has been able to make these latest iterations the least bit interesting.

I was stoked to get more stories about the two Dora Milaje warriors who take the law into their own hands and go all Punisher on a tribal chieftain who is enslaving girls, but it’s just meh.

The Dora Milaje are one of the more interesting creations from Christopher Priest’s run on Black Panther arou
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Elizabeth
I've been really excited to read World of Wakanda, as I have felt more interested in the characters around Black Panther than I have been in Black Panther himself. I was not let down (although I didn't think for a second that Roxane Gay even could let me down).

Aneka and Ayo are wonderful characters, both as individuals and as a couple. I loved getting to see them grow on their own and together, and ultimately become the Midnight Angels. I enjoyed seeing the characters form around the major even
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Nadia
May 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly savoured this deep dive into some of My favourite characters of the Black Panther Series, the Warrior Women of the Dora Milaje! With insightful and provocative Storytelling from Roxane Gay, complemented by dynamic Artwork from Alitha E. Martinez and Roberto Poggi this is an impressive addition to an already extraordinary body of work.
Ana
I'm not really a Black Panther fan, but a Roxanne Gay fan. And as expected, I liked this. I wish the series hadn't been cancelled because the ending of this volume was a little rushed and the last issue had nothing to do with the main heroines, but I'm glad I read the series. ...more
Kole
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly this was just really bad. The pacing is all over the place, important events happen in mere panels with little to no explanation. The dialogue is often fairly awful and cheesy, it feels like I'm reading some comic from the 1930s. Things are a little better in the comics that are not written by Roxanne Gay but even those are just ok comics that are over and done too quickly to change that the fact that the rest of this series is just really bad. The art throughout is good so it's easily ...more
Claire
Oh DANG that was good. I have to admit that Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet felt a little disjointed to me, and I attributed it to Ta-Nehisi Coates being a prose writer moving into comics for the first time. But, shit, Roxane Gay did not have that problem. This was perfectly paced, a nice balance of work done by text + image, adventure and a love story and fabulous character building in a small package. The stories by Coates, Yona Harvey, and Rembert Browne about Zenzi and White Tiger wer ...more
saïd
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bd_etc, queer, d_afrique
This felt like a very nice cute and entertaining romance novel. Not really my thing, but I'm glad it was made and that it exists. ...more
Craig Maxwell
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
An introduction to The World of Wakanda with a powerful, independent native African cast of women. Starting off rushed and sporadic, gets really good and then introduces two completely new storylines...

With the new Black Panther movie looming I thought I’d give this comic a go, as I’ve never really delved into the world of wakanda or black panther.

The story begins with training a select group of women to become the next protectors of wakanda and the royal family, which leads to an underlying ro
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Petergiaquinta
Oct 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: make-mine-marvel
Although a number of folks out there on the Interwebs were sad when Roxane Gay's run on the Black Panther was canceled after six issues, now that I've read World of Wakanda, I can't say I'm one of them. Gay may have a slightly better handle on plotting, pacing, and character development than Ta-Nehisi Coates (the previous author of note recruited by Marvel to write for Black Panther), but her story arc is still pretty herky-jerky as she tells the backstory of Ayo and Aneka, the Midnight Angels o ...more
Laura
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the premise of this book, and there is interesting stuff here, but I feel like so much of the plot had to happen between events that it felt pretty disjointed. We got lots of glimpses of short moments between/behind the main Black Panther scenes, which was cool, but I almost always was left wanting more.

Also, this is more of a personal preference thing, but I don’t really enjoy love stories where the love interests are always in conflict. It felt like they were fighting 80% of the time a
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Debbie Notkin
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a Marvel reader, so I was missing a bunch of background here, and I'm still having some trouble figuring out who the good and bad guys are. (Maybe the movie will help?)

Anyway, the story itself is what you'd want from a Roxane Gay-written graphic novel: layered, thoughtful, suspenseful, and erotic. I'm clearly going to need to read more in this series and in what I understand is Ta-Nehisi Coates' related series. But I hesitate to spend much money on graphic novels, which don't take much t
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Lainy122
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I felt like I was reading deleted scenes for a film I hadn't seen.

I didn't realise that this was not a standalone, but rather a companion series - so many of the major plot points occur in the current series run of Black Panther, and it was really quite jarring to see characters reacting to monumental events that you had no idea had happened.

Having said that, I did enjoy the love story between Ayo and Aneka and it was cool to see the training process of the Dora Milaje. I am sure I would have
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Christine
2.5

This is a side story to that leads into the first issue of Coates' run on Black Panther. It takes place over a pretty wide long time span, and refers to events in other comics that if you have not read will leave you confused.

I think it would have been better as a novel for at times the main story feels very, very rushed and there is really not much character development. However, Gay and Coates do address some of the issues/questions about the Wakandan culture.
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Alyssa
Idk if this is part of getting old and crotchety, but comics have been so underwhelming lately.

I wish I could erase my brain and reread Naruto. After you read the best comic, everything else just seems boring.
Madelyn Miles
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I went into this book knowing nothing about it and so glad I did! I had no idea I was going to get this beautiful Black WLW story amidst a bigger Wakandan story. This prompted great discussions on tradition and loyalty vs. trusting yourself and your intution. I hope to read more about these characters in other books.
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Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Ba ...more

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