Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Marvel, 2016, 144 pgs. Graphic Novel.

When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt - but can its monarch survive the necessary change?

Before I start my praise for this book, there is one thing you need to remember before reading it. This is a comic, with lots of history and future issues to be released. As such, when I started reading this, I very much felt that I had dropped into the middle of a story. However, this is a fantastically rich and well written comic. The characters are given real depth, and the history and culture of the country of Wakanda is emphasized in both the writing and artwork. The Black Panther is shown as a vulnerable person, not just a superhero, and there are real moral dilemmas for him to handle. The supporting characters are interesting and cool in their own right and the story has plenty of action and adventure. I'm excited to see where the series goes during Ta-Nehisi Coates tenure and can't wait to see how the problems of this series are wrapped up. It's also a good tie-in to characters if you are preparing to see the new movie coming out and want to have some more knowledge of them.

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