A Look At The First Six Pages Of Black Panther By Ta-Nehisi Coates And Brian Stelfreeze

A few things to note about these first few pages of Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze.


First, it is very much set in Marvel continuity, based on what has come before. A different approach to, say, Reginald Hudlin's reworking of the character a few years ago.


A Nation Under Our Feet subtitled "Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration" was a Pulitzer Prize-winning book from 2003 by Steven Hahn. And, indeed, this comic concerns itself with a violent uprising in Wakanda, set off by a superhuman terrorist group called the People.black-panther-page-3-85cfb

Note the Black Panther mask assembles itself out of Jack Kirby tech, a nod to his co-creator.

black-panther-page-4-f6528Wakanda is not a democracy. It is a monarchy. Or, to other eyes, a dictatorship. And one ripe for regime change…


I thought that's what monarchies were for…

black-panther-page-6-7f626Published on April 6th…

These pages also appeared on The Atlantic with further commentary and sketches.

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