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Great story - origin of the Black Panther, great illustrating by Romita Jr., good use of some of Marvel's classic villains. Good introduction for thos who don't know the Black Panther & want to learn about him before the movie comes out. The DVD version is very good. My local library has ordered in the prose novel based on this. Can't wait to read it! Recommend this classic..
This graphic novel was the first Black Panther book I've ever read. I read a 4-issue miniseries a long time ago, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me because I've forgotten what the story was even about(I think it was about someone, a cop I think, named Casper Cole taking on the role of Black Panther and fighting corruption on the streets in America). Needless to say, it was not the classic Black Panther that this story is about. This Black Panther, T'Challa of Wakanda(a small independent country in Africa that is both a tribal and simultaneously more technologically advanced nation than any other in the world), is WAY different and MUCH cooler! I have read books with T'Challa in them before, but never one where he was the central character of the story. And what a heck of a story it e story is an origin story and a suspenseful, political, action-thriller about revenge and power - those who have it, and those who want it. I won't go into the details of the plot, so don't worry, no spoilers here. What I will do is comment on the quality of the story in both the writing and the rst, the writing. Reginald Hudlin, coming from the movie industry, does a nice job in weaving together a history for both the Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda, while telling an intriguing action-thriller that moves at a fast pace which rarely lets up. His movie-making influence can be felt here in the best possible way. His history makes for an excellent transition into telling this story in a wonderfully cinematic fashion. You could see this as a movie quite easily. In fact, Marvel Knights DID make this into an animated movie/motion comic. This leads me to the hn Romita, Jr.(a favorite of mine) contributes heavily to the cinematic look and feel of this book. Although the panel layouts are of the simple, classic kind(there are no panels-within-panels/overlapping panels, or non-square/rectangle panels to be found here), which is typical of JRJR's stuff, there is still that feeling of watching a movie unfold before your eyes. I find that this is the case with much of his works(see "Daredevil: The Man Without Fear", "[email protected]#$%", or "The Incredible Hulk v.1: Return of the Monster"). If you aren't familiar with his style, I would describe it as highly tangible. That is to say, it is clearly intelligible. It isn't elusive in any way. It's very straightforward and simplistic. That doesn't mean that it isn't stylized. You could have 100 artists draw the same page, and I could pick his out with ease. His look is both cartoonish and realistic in nature. And his characters have a somewhat blocky nature to them. I happen to like this aspect and think that it works well for him. The amount of detail in his panels is modest, yet he hits all the right notes to sell the reality of the scene. His close-ups, for example, are typically absent of any background elements entirely(aside from a solitary color). He chooses, rather wisely(for HIS style anyway), to emphasize the main focus of the scene; be it an apologetic yet uneasy expression on the face of a prostitute declining a proposition from a customer to allow him to kiss her in exchange for added cash; or the image of two hands - one, the customer's holding out a wad of hundreds, the other the prostitute's, reluctantly outstretched in acceptance of the cash - completing the foreboding transaction of which she had just previously declined. JRJR is a master storyteller. He makes even little things like this palpable. And his action sequences? ere were a couple of things that were drawbacks. One was the fact that pretty much all of the non-Wakandans in the story tended to be portrayed in a rather negative light. I understand that Hudlin was trying to establish that Wakanda was not only technologically advanced, but also socially and morally advanced as well. You can agree or disagree with this premise, but although I think Hudlin may have pushed a little too hard sometimes in trying to validate this stance, I respect his position and I believe that it makes sense within the sociopolitical context of this book. The other thing that detracted from this book was the quick ending. It seemed to end a little too fast for me. But I can live with these things because the overall story is a fun read, and the artwork is great. In the end, I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of either JRJR or suspenseful action-thrillers in general.
I got this because I'm a Black Panther fan, and also because I'm a big John Romita Jr. fan. Klaus Jansen inks JRJR like no one else can, and for my money, no one else should ink his pencils. The artwork here is very good - but lacking something for me. I was trying to figure out why, and I think the book is too dark. Not in storyline, but just in coloring. The older versions if Black Panther have his suit almost a blue color, with lots of heavy darks and line work. This gives him a depth and shows off the artistic touches much better than trying to keep him all dark with grays/blacks. JRJR's linework needs to be seen, otherwise his style becomes too blocky and sparse, like cardboard cutouts. The rest of the book is gorgeous, but when it comes to the main character, that's who I wanted to see tricked out in JRJR's e plot was the best in the history of Black Panther yet. It was nice to have him in his country of origin, instead of finding reasons to bring him to big cities via silly plot twists. I found the tech a little overdone and unexplained, and also the villian was boring and not only named after Inspector Gadget's arch enemy, he had the same gimmicky hand.A solid book for a character that needed it by a good team.Look for the animated series on Netflix or DVD - because it's cooler than the book, and I think JRJR's pics came out better in that format. Plus, Captain America's scene figures in much more in the animated series than his too brief treatment here.
Group of villians invade Wakanda. The leader, Klaw, has history with Tchalla. Ebony blade falls from the hands of the Black Knight during a battle in the sky and remains in Wakanda. The country is somewhat damaged by the intruders.
This collection is a very good introduction to the Black Panther and associated aspects of the Marvel universe. Overall it's a fairly straightforward comic tale, but by the end the reader should feel prepared and intrigued to read more stories about Wakanda and the characters introduced here.Fair warning, this is not a Saturday morning cartoon comic. A character's death is the central driver of the story, a handful of other deaths occur along the way, and sometimes the Black Panther values vengeance over virtue. So parents should give it a read before handing it over to young readers.
This is a quintessential reboot of the Black Panther Character. This brings Wakanda, and The former avenger to the forefront of political and international intrigue. The books ties the past and present together and shows why T'Challa could be a first string is book could very easily translate into a movie. A fun read for a character who is so often ignored.
The Black Panther was created in a late-60s fit of conscience. Marvel Comics writers wanted to add a black hero to the roster; they saw a news item about some "Black Panther" group scaring white people in California. Boom: The new character had a name, albeit instead of protesting racism in America, he was the superpowered king of a wealthy African dlin has taken a second-tier character and made him fascinating. In his new Panther mythos, the Panther's Wakanda is constantly under siege from arrogant (white) would-be conquerers. One of them, The Klaw, is trying to avenge the shame of his South African forefather, who tried and failed to conquer the Wakandans. He draws blood. He gives the Panther an epic challenge on his home turf. It's a thrilling story that could be turned into a Will Smith vehicle tomorrow. But maybe they'd blow it! Romita's art elevates the story and the action the way some bland CGI never could.
Bought this as a light read, being familiar with the comic. Very pleasantly surprised! Mr. Holland's work on the individual characters was wonderful. Through each of his characters, he was able to create a great visual picture of the fictional country of Wakanda. I also felt the dialogue that he provided for the people of Wakanda gave them an air of purpose and dignity. Something that the Black Panther comics that the novel was loosely based on did not. I've read Black Panther comics since Jack Kirby created the character waaay back when. I've always felt like T'Challa and his country always represented something noble. For anyone who might be unfamiliar with the Black Panther or might be going to see the new movie from Marvel, this book is an excellent place to jump on board.
I've read the Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr's graphic novel this was based on and I love how Mr. Holland took the story and made it his own, yet the beats and characters rung true to the source material. When Ta-Nahesi Coates finishes his run on the current Black Panther comic, maybe Marvel should hire Jesse Holland to continue the adventures of King T'Challa. He'd be in good hands.
I ranked this as many stars as I could due to the excellence of this book being able to communicate, in this day & age of racial tension within the U. S., that the only true solution is to break the chains of mental slavery!
Old Friends reunite. Storm is back and she works well with Misty and T'Challa. I liked her arc in this comic because it shows features of her character that X-Men comics never show. Hope she returns to Wakanda. Coates makes the story unfold in ways that allow all the complications they face to seem natural and un-forced. I hope he continues to write the series for a long time.
Loved it - great characters, pacing, art, everything. The way both the current story and the back-story gradually unfolded, while shifting the point-of-view in each issue to introduce a new character, was just really effective story-telling for me. I don't read a lot of comics, but I got sucked in by the new Black Panther and I thought this was even better. The end felt a bit rushed, but I suppose that makes sense given that this series got canceled when it was really just getting going and they had to wrap things up somewhat re generally, I wish Marvel would weight trade paperback sales (is that what these collected editions are called?) more heavily in deciding what to cancel/continue. Many book-lovers like me who are just now discovering comics are pretty uninterested in the traditional model of buying single issues as they come out.
Like so many other reviewers, I am disappointed in the cancellation of this series, because it mars what starts off as some of Coates strongest writing to date, and shines a lot on characters and situations that are timely and deeply divisive. That starting point -- and those first 4-5 issues contained within this trade -- is a powder keg that builds and builds, getting more and more interesting with every turn of the page. But the cancellation of the series clearly forced a sloppy, hasty re-write of the ending in order to try to get some sort of closure, and it fails miserably because of that. The final sequence in the final chapter is a complete mess of half-realized action sequences, and the wondrous, poetic prose can't find a break to give us the context we need to understand the final conflict (or even what happens in the individual panels during that final conflict). One of the amazing characters from the flagship Black Panther series shows up without any reason for being here and then literally disappears from the scene (along with Black Panther himself) without any sense of why, or what resolution there might rvel has a problem with too many titles and not letting many new series find their audiences, and this trade suffers as a direct result of that. This speaks to a surprisingly simple solution though, one that Marvel has already found with Star Wars titles: outsource some of them through licensing deals. If titles like the more kid-oriented Star Wars books can find a home with IDW, why can't smaller Marvel titles that are still successful at that level do the same so that we can get good stories, even if it's just for a few more issues? Now the canon of Marvel has to deal with this sloppy storyline for the rest of time, or do worse: forget it ever happened. When you say that about characters like Panther, Luke Cage, Storm, and Misty Knight, that's a huge disservice.
This new series is set in Harlem and goes back and forth in time between the 1950s to today telling the story of Ezra Keith, or Lynx, and his gang of heroes who cleaned up the streets back then and then disappeared. Now Harlem needs a new brand of heroes to combat the evil that is taking over like with the Americops, a mechanical menace that seems to concentrate all their time in Harlem hassling everyone for the littlest things, such as a radio turned on or for being out in a group and just hanging out.Ezra was arrested for protesting, which was nothing new for the old man. However, when he dies in police custody a protest breaks out in the streets that are growing to a near riot level. Ezra's niece and nephew, Hazel and Malik are trying to calm everyone down and keep it from getting out of control. They use Ororo Munroe who had been a friend of Ezra's and is also a friend of Misty Knight's to reach out to Misty, who had been a cop, to seek her help in finding out what exactly happened.Misty will wind up seeking help from Luke Cage and a mysterious man from Australia who was also a friend of Ezra. Of course, T'Challa shows up having gotten a message from Ezra that peeked his curiosity and discovers Ezra's secret and what really happened all those years ago that even Ezra himself didn't know about. This comic is told with different comic issues focusing on a different character's point of view for when they are not doing the flashbacks, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is an incredible team that is put together to fight for Harlem and they have their work cut out for them. Misty has been a favorite character of mine and Ororo I have loved from X-Men for years and it's great to see them together [email protected]#$%. The artwork is soft, in contrast to the story it is telling, and the colors are bold, like the statement that is being said. In the flashbacks I was happy to see that they used a light brown sheen to it, almost a sepia tone, to indicate it was the past. This promises to be an excellent series and I can't wait to read the next installment.
Black Panther and the Crew: We Are the Streets collects the first six issues of the monthly comic book. The comic was ultimately canceled after six issues, but what's great is that this collected edition forms a single, cohesive story that's quite entertaining. The Crew is a black superhero team comprised of Black Panther, Misty Knight, Manifold, Storm, and Luke Cage. Each of the six chapters of this book is told from the perspective of a different member of the team. The book begins with the after effects of the death of a well-known Harlem activist, Ezra Keith. Keith was a long-time activist for African-American rights who actually had his own superhero "crew" in the 1950's that were originally focused on righting some of the societal wrongs of the time. Throughout his life, Keith had an impact on the lives of many including the members of the present-day Crew. After the death of Keith during a short stint in the local jail, Misty Knight (who is the focus of the first chapter) begins looking into what may have been a murder. In addition to the public unrest at the killing in police custody of a well-known activist, the local community is also in an uproar over the introduction of a robotic police force (the Americops) that tend to be a bit over zealous in their enforcement.Ta-Nehisi Coates is well-known for his non-fiction work and burst into the comic book scene with his revamping of the Black Panther character. The first arc of that title showed that he could do a nice job of world building -- he fleshed out the nation of Wakanda, developed the core and subsidiary characters, and plotted a revolution and its ultimate resolution. In Black Panther and the Crew, he shows that not only can he tackle a large revamping such as that, but he can tell a much more compact and complete story. Coates masterfully juggles the storyline of Keith's militant activism of the 1950's and 60's and its ultimate disappointment with the present-day issues being dealt with by Knight, Storm, and the rest of the Crew. The approach in which each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character is very well-done and nicely moves the story e artwork by Butch Guice is fantastic. He has a realstic quality to his work that's just visually interesting and he doesn't cut corners on any of the pages -- his backgrounds are heavily detailed and quite impressive. Also contributing to the artwork are Scott Hanna, Mack Chater, and Stephen Thompson, and while one can tell a slight change in style on some pages it requires truly looking closely to see any difference. That's an important aspect because one of the problems with some other Marvel books (such as the other Black Panther books) is that a platoon of artists are often used and there's a high degree of discrepancy between the way characters look from issue to issue and even page to page making the storyline difficult to interpret at times. This book does a fantastic job of meshing together similar artistic styles.Overall, this is a great read. The storyline itself is self-contained, and while there were threads left dangling that would have allowed for future issues, the primary issues are wrapped up nicely and nothing feels unfinished. The only slight gripe one might have about the work is that it's titled "Black Panther and the Crew" and yet the Black Panther really isn't the main character of the work. The storyline does have some tangential connections to the main Black Panther books, but the primary characters of this book were really Misty Knight and Storm. That said, it works well with those characters at the forefront and made for an entertaining story.
The second spin-off from Coates Black Panther run seeks to bring together a team of black superhero's from Marvel. Coates main run had a rocky start, but ended up being a decent read as long as you enjoy politcal themes. World of Wakanda was a massive dumpster fire. The good news is that the Crew follows in the formers footsteps of being a decently enjoyable read. The bad news is that if followed in the latter's footsteps of selling so bad it got cancelled before the first trade came e story begins with a flashback to Ezra Kieth, a black activist who formed the (retconned) original crew in the 1950's. Years after his efforts led to the rise of Harlem, he's found dead while in police custody. Misty Knight and Storm investigate, swiftly followed by Luke Cage, Black Panther, and Manifold. The series features sparse action and a fairly slow pace, but excellent thematic exploration. It's too bad it never really found an audience.
We Are the Streets is the perfect blend of real-life history with comics mythology; it gives a new perspective on both. Hydra and the Americops are scarily accurate stand-ins for white supremacists and police violence, and the flashbacks to the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s resonated with contemporary American issues like bells. You don't have to have read Coates' Black Panther series (though I recommend it) to understand Black Panther and the Crew, so don't let that dissuade you.
This is my first introduction to the Black Panther world and I felt like there was a good balance between introducing me to the character and his world and getting right into the story. Looking forward to continuing.
Black Panther has always been a deep character. Ta-Nehisi Coates has elevated the scope of the characters story to one that invites the reader to dive deeply into the culture of Wakandan life and does not seek to gloss over the land as utopian but a completely developed country, full of intrigue, intelligence and yes sometimes violence.
All the stars, plus more.. I teach and work - where kids deserve and need this sort of stuff. Not for nothing, I think of Coates as an educator first. It is entertaining, and thoughtful - and also complex and pollemical. You pick how to work your experience. And the graphics are AWESOME, they don't just support or illustrate a new world. The art communicates WITH the words, and transmits it to us.If you appreciate this, are interested - look into Ta-Nehisi Coates, you can read so much of his work for free, you-tube appearances. He's a columnist for The Atlantic, writing at a load of other places. Author of Between the World and Me..This work - it can be a springboard for more exploration, for those knew to him.
After his introduction in Captain America Civil War finally the rest of the world are aware of his existence... this volume is such a great start and very political. Coetes is taking this very personal. can't wait for more!
The artwork is beautiful. The dialogue is richness & deep. The Easter eggs like the book cabinet within it are wonderful. So is the thoughts that are provoked and the statements on governance and citizenry.
Love Shuri's story line and her spiritual journey which is rooted in cultural history and the wisdom of the Wakandan women before her. I look forward to seeing the new person she has become and how it will affect her relationship with her brother as well as her Wakandan people.
I was barely aware of Back Panther before I started reading Coates's run and I have to say this book is amazing. More than just a superhero comic, this book is a study on political philosophy as well as identity, both personal and national.
I like the idea of this book and the ideas that it goes near, but the characters are so underwritten that the message just feels hollow. It is almost as if this shouldn't be a comic book, but a more fleshed-out epic poem.
This series is so incredibly good. The worldbuilding is richly nuanced and morally complex, as are the characters. I recommend this series even if you're not a comics reader, especially if you're not normally a comics reader.
This is the concluding segment of a story written by Ta-Nehisi Coates in which King T’Challa (a.k.a. the Black Panther) must fight to keep his nation, Wakanda, from descending into chaos and revolution. It features “Black Panther (2016)” #9-12, as well as some supplementary material from “New Avengers (2013)” #18, 21, and with the other volumes in this story, there is a major and a minor plot, and at the beginning of this Volume the latter resolves itself in order to fold into the main story. The major plot involves an attempted revolution fomented by a man named Tetu who heads a revolutionary organization called “the People” that has engaged in terrorist and other nefarious activities. While progress was made against Tetu and his allies in Volume 2, he still presents a threat to the throne and to Wakanda. However, Tetu isn’t the only threat to the nation. Wakanda’s problems are bigger and more systemic than that. While Tetu is a terrorist, there are dissenting factions with far more legitimacy, including the Midnight Angels (former bodyguards to the King, i.e. ex-Dora Milaje) and the much loved philosophy professor, e secondary plot involves T’Challa’s search for his sister Shuri who has been trapped in the Djalia, the Wakandan plane of memory. At the end of the second volume, T’Challa resumes the search using a technology that channels and amplifies the powers of his friend “Manifold.” As it happens, bringing Shuri back occurs effortlessly, but it seems returning her to this world isn’t so critical to the story as the effect her experience had on her. She returns with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Wakanda as well as numerous inexplicable supernatural abilities. The past queen plays an important role in the balance of the story both by advising T’Challa, fighting, and lending her influence with the Midnight Angels (ex-Dora Milaje.)The fight for Wakanda plays itself out as both a battle of action against forces controlled by Tetu and Zenzi as well as a battle for the minds of the people (not to be confused with the organization “the People.”) I found it to be a smart e supplementary material from “New Avengers (2013)” was illuminating. My only problem with it is that it occurs after the story is complete. If one just reads this Ta-Nehisi Coates arc, one might want to go to the end of Volume 3, and read this material first or pick up the whole “New Avengers (2013)” story. By doing so, one will have a much better understanding of why there is so much conflict in Wakanda, and why T’Challa is so unpopular. It’s hinted at here and there, but I didn’t understand the motivation fully until this material showed the events rather than offering random backstory tidbits.I would recommend this story for anyone. I don’t think one needs to be a regular comic book reader or have a particular interest in the Black Panther character to find it interesting and enjoyable.
After meeting Brian Stelfreeze at a comic book convention last week, I can only describe this story and the comic book equivalent of poetry. The art and story were already powerful, but they combine into something beyond their individual parts. Ta-Nahisi Coates fills each script with poetic flow and motifs. He has been learning to give space to the artist to put in his own references and character. And so each panel gives us a jam of history, mythology, action and more. I have not caught it yourself a favor. Pick up this book. And just know that it has inspired the look and feel of the new Black Panther movie coming out in 2018.
I truly wanted to like this story arc of Black Panther but I found much of it to be a hard slog with too many talking heads, large doses of pretentiousness, and insufficient action or exploitation of the comics medium. I found the plot muddled and was confused by the characters and their motivations. I haven't read many previous Black Panther issues and this series wasn't very friendly to the new reader.
If this series didn't get cancelled, this would be an EASY recommendation. Great artwork, unique storyline that you won't see anywhere else in comics and the writing backs all of it up. My issue is that:1. The main storyline is really issue 1-4 in this book and issues 5 & 6 are sub plots of new characters (who if I had to guess, would have been integrated into the main story in later issues).2. The story doesn't end with this s a shame because I enjoyed this title. The Dora Milaje is one of the most appealing parts of the Black Panther Universe. The fact that a rich, black king of the most advanced country in the world has beautiful, [email protected]#$%, female bodyguards is amazing and I was pleased to see that this book got to peek behind the curtain to reveal what goes on behind the ranks of the group. This book did a great job of having T'Challa take a backseat and letting the ladies tell their story of Wakanda from a woman's point of view. What is it like being the personal security of royalty, while dealing with your own issues?Again, great book, but the only knock is that you won't get the pleasure of finishing this awesome story. I think if this were to have been released a year later, then it could have survived, but for now, if you're a Black Panther die-hard then give this a read.
This is the 1st time I've read the back story or any story regarding Black Panther. Now I'm intrigued and must read the next comic book in the series. I rated this book 5 stars because it had all of the qualities of a fantastic sci-fi or fantasy book plus well drawn, beautiful graphics that at times, made me pause and stare at the page. I look forward to getting to know each character as I continue my journey into the world of Wakanda.
Maybe it was because of the political setting of the first three volumes... but this was more linear and I found this one just way easier to follow. The idea of the Orisha going missing is especially interesting and I hope that there is. Volume 5 released in the future. Definitely recommended!
When a Marvel character is announced for the big screen, you know an incoming of new printings is inbound to be published. With his first appearance next year in Captain America: Civil War and his own film in 2017, Black Panther is a character long over due for the spot light. Which, you would think being the first African American superhero in comics would get you more respect than some other characters since appearing in goes with a quick recap: T'Challa, AKA Black Panther ; King of Wakanda, an African nation with some of the most wealthiest and advanced technology in the world thanks to it being the location of vibranium, one of the most sought after minerals in existence. Black Panther is super hero for the Avengers and leader/monarch figurehead to the Wakandan people. Now that means there have been numerous interpretations of the character throughout the years, but it wasn’t until the character was relaunched in 1998 series under black writer Christopher Priest where he became the modern day version everyone uses now. And yes, it’s a pleasant offering for new and old readers on Black llecting issues #1-17 (, BLACK PANTHER BY CHRISTOPHER PRIEST VOL.1 COMPLETE COLLECTION shows T'Challa comes to America to investigate the kidnapping and murder of a little girl who was affiliated with a Wakandian charity group. Tensions are high for Wakanda having a civil war back home, but T’Challa feels he needs to investigate this himself even with problems in his home land. So T’Challa brings his own entourage of body guards including Zuri, a hulk-like fighter and two teenage assassin’s named the Dora Milhje, with government agent Everett K. Ross is assigned as an escort to assist and keep relations with Wakanda. He figured it would be easy work and just tailed along with the King's entourage. But things go crazy quickly as Black Panther has been setup, his home country been taken over from his absence, and the lord of Hell, Mephisto, has something to do with all of rious versions of Panther existed before Priest took control like the 70’s being very serious and reflective, to Jack Kirby being over the top. Priest reverts Panther more akin to Stan Lee’s original version being able to outsmart the likes of Reed Richards (who is one of the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe) and go toe-to-toe with The Thing, while adding a some of his past versions as to no alter the character’s rich history. This makes Priest work on Panther parts urban vigilante, political thriller, and even e first twelve issues are one tightly woven story of Black Panther dealing with the kidnapping case and reclaiming Wakanda, while issues #13 through #17 are single/two issue tales of Panther teaming up with various Marvel characters that are quite amusing to see the interaction with. This is made up for the narration of the stories by Everett K. Ross, who speaks through his observations in a highly comical and witty method to his superiors (for example he loses his pants in front of Mephisto and by accidently selling his soul for pants, he just keeps unzipping his pants to have another pair on). He’s a coward and a bit dumb, as well as explains his stories in a non-linear narrative akin to the Quentin Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction (which even his superior mentions this). So while Ross is the comedic relief and narrator, Black Panther or “the Client” as Ross says, is the straight man with very little to say. It’s a great way to counter balance the vibe for readers.And because Panther is the straight man, Priest makes Panther very much like DC’s Batman in his abilities and gadgets, his overall look, and insane strategist skills in keeping 10-steps ahead of everyone, so much so that he admits to joining the Avengers just so he can keep an eye on them if they were a threat to Wakanda . Even his new villain Achebe, looks and acts an awful lot like DC’s Joker with a large grinning smile and crazy habits. This Batman-esque Black Panther has become the standard for modern day writers to inhabit that makes this a worthwhile read, being more about using his smarts and being open to the e art supplied from the first 5 issues is Mark Texeira, Vince Evans doing the second story arc with Joe Jusko and Mike Manley, with Sal Velluto doing the rest. The art is great that ranges from gritty to comical (like issue #8 having an ode to Stan Lee/Jack Kirby flashback sequence). It’s overall good stuff. With the addition of the Marvel Knights Sketchbook extras that give numerous drawings and interviews to Priest on the character that are worth I know my Amazon rating is 5 stars, but I’m scoring it around 4 ½ stars. The only problems I had were the storytelling method Priest uses like Pulp Fiction is confusing at first. In fact, it’s used predominantly throughout his whole run on Black Panther. It does ease up in later issues, but the shifting story might not jive well with some readers. And the second aspect might be the racism aspect some readers might get. What I mean by this is the dichotomy between Ross and Panther that some sources have pointed out throughout the years. Ross is the bumbling white guy who gets chased down the White House by the Present of the United States while Black Panther is the cool-headed, rich super hero. I personally didn’t get that vibe, as well as Priest himself not portraying dumb ethnicities. He even goes so far as to have a few scenes where black characters try to sway Panther into a symbol for African Americans, which Panther shoots this down and looks at all lives, regardless of skin color, being vital to life. But I just wanted to point that out if any new readers get that feeling. And the notion of Black Panther being a Batman-like clone might gel well either (even if both characters have different upbringings and motives).Still, I’m glad Marvel decided to reprint these fine stories. They are exciting, funny, and even insightful to still read about and make Black Panther stand out from the other characters. It was ground-breaking stuff back in the day, which you can see why he has become a powerful figure in modern Marvel comics thanks to Priest work on the character. Well with Black Panther making his film debut next year, this is the first collection to be released to lead up to next year. The first two trades (Black Panther Vol. 1: The Client and Black Panther: Enemy Of The State TPB) are out of print and pricey, with much of Priest work uncollected before. So with writing a whopping 62-issues, there is plenty of Black Panther material on the way.
Great book, Christopher Priest is a talented writer and his work with T'challa is nothing short of amazing. If you liked Civil War and have a desire to read some Black Panther stories, this collection is a great start. It contains the first 17 issues of Priest's run, which is an awesome value for the price. The book came well binded and the artwork was high quality, no faded pages or dull colors anywhere! Overall, an awesome story for an awesome price.
With the movie coming out in 2018 I decided to get my son caught up on the story line. Love the fact that all of the comics are in one book so I don't have to worry about him losing books. Well constructed and easy to read.
This was my first major exposure to this character, and it is fantastic. I definitely plan on buying Volume 2. If you're at all curious about Black Panther, I think this is a great place to start, but I don't generally read comics so I may be wrong. But I highly recommend it.
This is the real deal. One of the best Black Panther as well as well written stories, fleshing out characterizations and motivations. I now I must read Priest's Deathstroke the Terminator.
if there is a black panther series out i will buy it. at least to try. ive read plenty of black panther and there is lots of good panther comics this is my favorite by far. priest is a terrific writer who struck gold with this take on BP. i hope you get to enjoy it.
With the movie coming out in 2018 I decided to get my son caught up on the story line. Love the fact that all of the comics are in one book so I don't have to worry about him losing books. Well constructed and easy to read.
This massive new collection brings us the earliest and, in my opinion, the best run of the Black Panther in glorious color with superior reproduction and tons of e stories include the two issue debut of the Panther from Fantastic Four #52 and #53 (1966).Plus the entire run of Jungle Action's new Panther stories. Jungle Action #6 through #24 which ran bimonthly from 1973 to 1976. For Jungle Action #23 (a reprint of a Daredevil issue with Panther) only the new cover is printed.I am kind of at a loss to explain why some of the Panther's other early appearances aren't included. I am talking about the FF Annual plus issues of Daredevil and the Avengers. Compare this to the first Moon Knight volume which probably went too far with the Defenders appearances. It seems like the editors change the rules with each e two issue run of the Fantastic Four from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduces the character. Rereading these books it is interesting to see what a large role Wyatt Wingfoot had during this time, he almost functions as a team member and gets involved in the battles.A few other recollections that were probably dropped from the Panther Mythos was a scene of T'Challa ( Black Panther) smoking a cigarette. Also their is a reference to his Panther Powers which includes his ability to see in the dark. If somebody ever followed up on these I would like to know. Please leave a comment after this review.We also get the introduction of the metal Vibranium and the Black Panther's arch enemy Klaw, the master of n McGregor's 18 issue run of The Panther in Jungle Action is comprised of two long stories. Especially long for the mid-seventies. The Panther's Rage set in Wakanda runs a whopping 13 issues with the epilogue. While the follow up story set in the American South ran five n McGregor broke into comics as a writer in 1971 working on Warren Magazines. To get his foot in the door at Marvel he started as proof reader a short while later. He worked his way up to the Editorial department. At the time Jungle Action was reprinting 50's white jungle heroes in stories he felt were racist. He proposed writing new stories with the African Hero as the n McGregor is truly one of the great writers, but I had forgotten how wordy he is. For example in one scene where the Panther is prying the mouth of a crocodile open he talks at length about the state of the Crocodile's dental work. His teeth are covered in slime and rot and little parasites living in his mouth are festering on his e Panther's Rage is a great and intricate story with many themes. While the Action is continuous the back story are equally fascinating about Politics, Love, Betrayal, Loyalty, Honor, Greed , Jealousy and much e basic plot is between The Panather and Erik Killmonger who like T'Challa has remade himself. Killmonger has a whole batch of evil lieutenants who sport clever wordplay names like: Venomm ( two m's and no symbiotic costume) Malice, Salamander K'ruel, Sombre, Baron Macabre and King nica Lynn his American Songbird girlfriend which he met in the missing Avengers issues is a big presence in this saga in which she is even jailed and accused of murder in a big e Klu Klux Klan saga which moves the story back to America is also quite good and groundbreaking for its e art for this collection is excellent including the opening salvo by the great Jack Kirby at the top of his game. Inked to perfection by Joe Sinnott. Rich Bucker starts off the McGregor run with some beautiful art before the ultra talented African American artist Billy Graham takes over as regular artist. Also worth mentioning is the talented Klaus Janson who inks a ton of the stories with his realistic style. Gil Kane does the lion's share of covers and a complete fill in issue. All these guys make this a book which is equally great with both writing and e back of book includes an additional 20 pages of extras many from the collection of Don McGregor of scripts, sketches and unseen production is is an outstanding work which needs to be in the library of any Black Panther fan. I hope the new movie and subsequent sequels not only uses the work of Lee & Kirby but also draws on the great material from McGregor, Buckler and Graham.
Don't waste your money buying this version. Buy Black Panther Master Works vol 1 instead. Its covers this volume and it continues to Black Panther Master Works Vol. 2, which is the corrects PANTHER EPIC COLLECTIONS and BLACK PANTHER MASTER WORKS VOL 1. ARE NOT A SERIES. BLACK PANTHER MASTER WORKS VOLS 1 & 2 ARE THE SERIES. I found out the hard way.
Seldom - if ever - has the "Epic Collection" banner been used more deservedly. This is one of the high water marks in not only Marvel history but in all sequential is one of those series that has - somehow - flown under the radar for a lot of fans. Ask an older fan, or someone who's read very widely, and more often that not they'll immediately tell you how great this run of Jungle Action is and why everyone should read it at least once. Easily the most ambitious project any of the Big Two attempted during the Bronze Age, it has a scope that was practically unthinkable during the 1970s and needed what can only be described as visionary creators in McGregor, Buckler and Graham to bring it to life.I first read the latter parts of this forty years ago and I continue to revisit it on an annual basis, enjoying new formats like this as well as the original issues. If you're a Marvel comic fan in particular this is on the list of top series that are absolutely essential reads, up there with Lee and Kirby on FF, Simonson on Thor and Starlin on Warlock in terms of innovative only advice is to treat it like a good book: keep it for when you have ample time to properly savour it. Parceling it out so you are reading it one issue a night, for instance, won't do it justice. Let the world of T'Challa pull you in and stay there for a while. This is not an ordinary comic series by any measurement and it will repay an investment of time and attention.
This is a good collection of Black Panther stories. First 2 issues in this collection deals with the Black Panther's introduction back in 1966 in Fantastic Four. Those 2 issues are great. After that, starts Don McGregor's take on BP in Jungle Action. I'll say that his writing was SUPER WORDY(it felt like a chore a time to get through certain pages)! Despite that, he does a good job exploring the different areas of Wakanda. If you're a BP fan, then yes, you should pick this up. For everyone else, I suggest you start with Christopher Priest run on Black Panther. His series wasn't super wordy(lol), had great plots and characterization.
The Black Panther is a character I've I've been waiting to see portrayed "definitively", so as to communicate the essence of the character to me. I thought maybe this volume, early and "epic" as it is, would do the trick. Sadly, this volume is much less than e first two issues contained in this volume are the Stan & Jack FANTASTIC FOUR debut of the character. It's interesting to see T'Challa's first appearance, and the character growth he experiences in a short time. But the plot is too pat to be considered anything but fluff.But after this comes the dense and dreary McGregor run. First comes the annoyance of learning that quite a bit of story has been told between the Lee/Kirby debut and the start of McGregor's run, including the acquisition of a love interest who never rises above that en comes the parade of ridiculous, shallow-motivation villains with a penchant for ending their names in double consonants (e.g., Preyy, Venomm).The pretentiousness of these one-note villains makes the lush scenery and effusive wordiness all the more tragic. The narration drones on and on, struggling to be meaningful at every opportunity, but only serving in making an already-painful read take that much longer. I stopped caring before the end of the quest and didn't care enough by quest's end to care one whit about the similarly earnest and introspective "Panther vs. The Klan" story that followed. I skimmed it. (I think burn victims will be offended by it, frankly. "These injuries? I'll be up & about in a couple of weeks!") And it looks like that last story was never finished, to boot!Oh, and all you really learn about Wakandan culture is that they still don't go around fully-clothed, and a man can still slap his wife ss this volume by. There's no "there" there.
I'm about halfway through this and it is difficult to get through. The first two issues of course are classic Lee/Kirby stuff. Then we launch into an extremely dense plod through a dreary epic. We are instantly introduced to several characters that are established in about a sentence. Then they'll disappear for a couple of issues. Then they'll be back and you're supposed to know who they are. And just page after page of T'Challa's morose and loquacious inner monologue. Ugh. Such a chore to get through. I had heard this was a fantastic run. So disappointing.