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Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet

(Black Panther (2016) #1-3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  70 reviews
A new era for the Black Panther begins as the kingdom of Wakanda enters its final days! Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates confronts T'Challa with dramatic upheaval in his homeland that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for incredible ...more
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 296 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Marvel (first published July 18th 2017)
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't know much about Black Panther and Wakanda before reading it. It was kind of a breath of fresh air for me into marvel comics universe. The artwork is fantastic.

Black Panther 1-12

I'd give it 4,5/5 stars.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A lot of world building in this first Ta-Nehisi Coates civil war story arc, which made me feel completely immersed throughout the first four issues, unfortunely it never takes off from there, and that's because this is not your usual superhero book. Coates is a novelist and has a hard time dealing with action, what we get here is a lot of thought-provoking dialogue between the characters, in a very political themed story, with loads of information on the Wakandan culture. Have that in mind ...more
Seth Meyers' Introduction had me even more hyped for this than I already was
In Ta-Nehisi’s hands, T’Challa is a leader, but he’s not a perfect leader. He’s a good man, but he doesn’t always make good decisions. This is a book about wielding power. Not super-powers, but rather the power one wields over a people. Because in this book, punches and kicks don’t knock over opponents, they knock over dominoes, and it’s where they fall that matters most. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has
Deatri King-Bey
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Growing up, I absolutely loved comic books. I know, it’s a “boy” thing, but oh well. I was and will always be a proud Tom Boy. Why I stopped reading comic books for pleasure is beyond me. Now that I think about it, I know why: joined the Army, got married, had children, went to college…. Life happened.

When I began pleasure reading again, I went to novels and didn’t get back to my love of comic books until I heard they were bringing the Black Panther back and Ta-Nehisi Coates would be the
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I know it is a good comic when I want to read more, or read backwards to see what came before. That's my main complaint with this one, though, and with comics in general, is that it's so hard to find a place to start. There were a lot of things in this book that had their roots in previous storylines, and while most of them were explained adequately to get the reader up to speed, there will still some things I was frustrated not knowing about. Eden, Storm, Misty, and Luke Cage are all
Michael Batz
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I love Brian Stelfreeze's art in this book, and I love that Coates is reaching for a big story, but it reads like SparkNotes. There are some great, brilliant moments, but to me the whole Nation Under Our Feet run is overly condensed. Things bounce around so much that there isn't much time for a single moment/vignette/scene to really sink in. But even as it moves fast, it never feels light or loose or free - it feels constrained, rigid, like it has to hit its marks. I don't mind so much of the ...more
A bit late on this read (was a comic book club pick last year) but finally got there!

I feel bad that Black Panther is one of the super hero titles that just don't really grab me. It's always so SERIOUS BUSINESS and SACRIFICE FOR MY COUNTRY and did I mention the SERIOUS BUSINESS because omg.

Yeah it all goes a bit over my heart really, it's not something I get invested in when I read comics.

I enjoyed this series (the first volume at least) more than others I had read; even though there was quite
This was a gorgeous and glorious relaunch for one of Marvel's premiere heroes. The collection here represents a long over due return to the elements that the character so unique and so interesting. Coates brings a new twist to the old standards, but also adds a vitality and verisimilitude that has never really been seen in the pages of this comic before. Brilliantly good and completely entertaining.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
For those who doubt that graphic novels can tell a complex and meaningful story, please read this!
Taylor Morris
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe not the best first comic to start with for the Black Panther since I am not overly familiar with his story overall but I enjoyed it nonetheless
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first third of this arc definitely reflects the challenge for Coates working in a different medium. I struggled to make sense of the different puzzle pieces (and I haven't tracked the MU for a couple of years so I felt there was backstory I might be missing that would have helped.) He hits his groove midway through (loved Shuri's spirit journey) and the final third really delivers on the promise of having a writer of Coates' depth crafting this story.
Nathan Collings
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Read as individual editions but counting it as one on my account*

Truly amazing, dialogue was superb with the topical references and political not feeling forced but welcomed and integral into the story. Beautiful constructed, with spellbinding artwork. I've never been a fan of raw action on my comics so the developed dialogue was a welcome change, loved every page.
Scott Miller
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While this collection is yet-to-be-published, I have read all six issues to be included and they are spectacular. This is what great comics--and stories--are made of.
B.r. Stagg
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Took a long time to get all the pieces in place, but I really enjoyed the last third of this comic run. I prefer Coates as an essayist.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had never read anything by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I had read maybe two issues of Black Panther. I will likely be reading more of each after this dense, fantastic take on an underutilizied classic superhero.

I feel like I need to read more Ta-Nehisi Coates to fully grasp all the concepts he packed into this Black Panther story. Seth Myers' introduction set me up for a heavy dose of commentary on our contemporary society, which might have been detrimental to my reading since I was attempting to
Chris Jones
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Speaking as someone who thinks the Black Panther film is maybe the best superhero movie of all time...boy, was this a letdown.

I get the impression that Coates, for all his skill as a writer, didn't really internalize what it would mean to tell a story in a visual medium before he took this assignment. There is a LOT of talking in this book. That doesn't have to be a bad thing, necessarily, but much of the conversation takes place around conference tables or characters relaxing in a study, which
Joseph R.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Black Panther (T'Challa) governs Wakanda at a terrible time. A terrorist group called The People is raising an army to overthrow the government. Some of the Dora Milaje (the elite all-female military force) are in rebellion and raising their own army, also to overthrow the government. The two factions have an uneasy alliance. The country has already been weakened by attacks from Prince Namor's Atlanteans and mad Titan Thanos's Black Order. One of the top political professors in Wakanda has also ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An incredible comic debut for Ta-Nehisi Coates. I was initially a bit skeptical about picking up this hardcover collection given the sporadic quality of Marvel over the last couple years and the unseasoned talent of Mr. Coates in the comic medium. I am familiar with his work from his debut book Between the World and Me and writing for The Atlantic.

Coates is at the forefront of critical journalism in the United States and has written broadly about his own experiences growing up black and broader
Sean Blevins
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Coates has created a timely story about what happens when a country loses faith in its institutions.

Stephen Greenblatt writes of how tyrants come to power in Shakespeare's plays: "The starting point is weakness at the center of the realm." (Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics) Such is the case in Coates' Wakanda. The king's mistakes allow dissatisfaction to take root. Demagogues feed and water the people's discontent. And soon enough, frustration has grown into rebellion. The comparison to
Justin Ferguson
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A while back, I had read several of the Black Panther issues that were written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. They were interesting but somewhat confusing because it felt like they were picking up from some previous work and it wasn't clear where they were headed. Since then I've seen the movie and Coates has written more issues, which alongwith the previous issues, have been compiled in this volume.

I have a better understanding of what's happening in Coates rendition of Wakanda now that there's a more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, comic
I’m glad I read this as a collection and not as individual issues. T’Challa has a tendency toward rambling thoughts, and if I couldn’t read back-to-back issues, all of that exposition would’ve been hard to follow. It also would be easy to lose track of all the action.

Wakanda is under attack from revolutionaries, Queen Shuri is in the Plane of Wakandan Memory, remembering stories from her nation’s past, Ayo and Aneka have forsaken the Dora Milaje and created the Midnight Angels, and even Luke
Ashe Catlin
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
I was expecting this to be an easy jumping on point, boy was I wrong! It’s starts with issue one but straight from the get go it references things that have happened before. Like Shuri being dead, last I knew she was Black Panther in her own title and after that T’challa was looking after Hell’s Kitchin. He now has a mum who’s alive now because it needs to be similar to the movies, which I kind of get but it just felt weird. Then you have them going on about this revolution that sounds like it’s ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was a big fan of comics growing up. Maybe they were a way for a self-described loner to gain a necessary appreciation of teamwork and close-knit friendships. Or maybe they were just a way for my young, closeted self to privately ogle at muscled men. Who's to say? \_(ツ)_/

But—as people often do with important things from their formative years—I set comics aside.

Reading Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet was my attempt (as an out and somewhat socially well-adjusted adult) to reconnect with
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The 12 issues that make up Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther story, A Nation Under Our Feet, come with a strong reputation. Unfortunately, like too many comics, I found myself too often frustrated by glacial plot development. I would even peruse the reader letters printed at the end of each issue and felt like I had read a different book entirely-- especially in Volume 1 (Issues #1-4). Still, while development remained slow, and while the story's focus seem to want to stay disappointingly distant ...more
Rolando Marono
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best comics I read this year. Black Panther is not a super heroes comic, is a political story with super heroes in it.
Black Panther is a utterly great but complex essay about monarchy, tyranny and democracy; and the thin line that separates them.
Ta-Nehisi Coates weaves a complex story with a very strong african background in its base. He includes legends of wisdom that I don't know if they are african folk stories or he invented them, but I tend to think that he made all up.
Sugarpunksattack Mick
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ta-Nehisi Coates 'Black Panther (Comics 1-12) is my first introduction to the Black Panther character and story is superb. The story is complex and sprawling and places the Wakanda landscape from cultural mores to traditional legacies that buttress the (perhaps outdated) Kingdom against the group 'The People' that have risen in rebellion. The story is difficult to follow at times, and there exists a tension for the reader between rooting for the King and the preservation of the status quo-even ...more
Shane Perry
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the first 5 issues of this run as they came out. The main reason I stopped? I found the story very confusing on a month to month basis. It was a part of the Marvel Universe I knew almost nothing about. Now, with this gorgeous hardcover, I decided to revisit Coates’s approach to T’Challa.

This story works infinitely better in trade than in floppy form. Being able to read each issue one after the other helps bring clarity, direction, and more of a thematic scope. Brian Stelfreeze and Chris
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
WOW is the only way I can describe what has just graced my eyes. What vivid storytelling, a luscious incorporation of African stories, traditions, dress, and society. Where do I even begin?

King T’challa, best known as Black Panther, has failed his people. Wakanda is in the wake of a rebirth, but not before its population lets its ruler know that he is not the king they want.

It’s a hefty read for a comic, but one well worth the time put forth. The art is beautiful! I was never once bored with
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not versed enough in the Marvel universe to give an informed review of this as a comic as it relates to previous BP storylines or anything of that nature. What I can tell you is that I read this because I enjoy watching Marvel movies/TV shows, I love Coates as a writer, and I am slightly addicted to reading comics, though not the ones that come to mind in with the traditonal use of the word. That said, here's what I enjoyed: powerful female characters, awesome philosopher dude, gorgeous art ...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.

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Black Panther (2016) (9 books)
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 3
  • Black Panther, Book 4: Avengers of the New World, Part One
  • Black Panther, Book 5: Avengers of the New World, Part Two
  • Black Panther, Book 6: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part One
  • Black Panther, Book 7: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part Two
  • Black Panther, Book 8: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part Three
  • Black Panther, Book 9: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part Four