With Black Panther taking a prominent role in the rebooted Marvel Comics universe, not to mention his big-screen debut in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa is finally getting a solo series truly worthy of a king.
In an effort to shake up the approach, Marvel has tapped acclaimed journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) to write the series, with Brian Stelfreeze (Domino) providing the art. The first arc, dubbed “A Nation Under Our Feet,” will follow a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler.
The problems apparently begin when T’Challa has to take on a superhuman terrorist group called The People that have served as the catalyst for a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. Considering Coates’ extensive experience writing about politics, it's great to see the non-superhero conflicts behind Wakanda come to the forefront. Marvel has been looking to do something different with Black Panther, and this could be a fascinating change of pace for the publisher’s catalog.
“Can a good man be a king, and would an advanced society tolerate a monarch? Research is crucial in both cases. The Black Panther I offer pulls from the archives of Marvel and the character’s own long history,” Coates told The Atlantic. “But it also pulls from the very real history of society—from the pre-colonial era of Africa, the peasant rebellions that wracked Europe toward the end of the Middle Ages, the American Civil War, the Arab Spring, and the rise of ISIS.”
Yeah, this is sounding really, really good. If nothing else, it's insanely ambitious, and could be one of the most well-rounded approaches ever taken to the character.
Black Panther No. 1 hits shelves April 6.
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