Marvel Legacy #1 by Jason Aaron, with art by Esad Ribic, Steve McNiven, Matthew Wilson, Chris Samnee, Russell Dauterman, Alex Maleev, Ed McGuinness, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Pepe Larraz, Jim Cheung, Daniel Acuna, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Mike Deodato Jr, David Marquez and lettered by VC's Cory Petit, is published by Marvel Comics today – or last night, depending if your store did a midnight opening or not.
The comic has plenty of teases for the Marvel Universe ahead. Bleeding Cool's senior Nigerian correspondent Abdulkareem Baba Aminu has written about his reaction to the Black Panther page below which reveals the existence of a Wakandan intergalactic empire – that seems to have been established for centuries.
W isn't for Wakanda in Marvel and Black Panther's "…TF" moment. Of course Bleeding Cool gets to see all kinds of cool stuff before release. Unfortunately, even stuff of the other kind. Like Marvel Legacy #1 and the reveal within that there exists an "Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda". Now I know Marvel's currently trying to win back their fans' hearts, and it is said that all's fair in love and war, but this page just left me scratching my head and thinking "…TF?" And – wait for it – the empire has supposedly been in existence for centuries.
Though I did smile a small knowing smile when I saw a planet described as the throneworld of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda (sounds weird, even second time around), with the real reason for my reaction being the name of the throneworld in question: Birnin T'Challa, which means 'T'Challa City' in Hausa, that Nigerian language I grew up speaking. It's a throneworld, sure, but named as if it's a city. More head-scratching.
I shared the page with a couple of friends and fellow Wakanda-philes and they all generally feel someone somewhere is throwing all kinds of stuff in the air, hoping something will stick. And these are dyed-in-the-wool Black Panther fans.
Oh, well. While I try to digest the, ahem, cosmic-alyzation of Wakanda, at least the art is utterly beautiful to behold. One thing that's for sure, though, is that I can't wait to grab a copy and see what happens in the story proper. But I'm still wondering "…TF?" As I'm sure many, many fans will, too. But the fan in me hopes the W will stand for "wonderful". A friend warned me, though, that my hopes might be up too high. Well, see you in the comic stores!
Abdulkareem Baba Aminu is a newspaper editor and award-winning journalist based in Nigeria. He has reviewed comics, novels, movies and music for a variety of platforms and is currently the Editor of the Saturday edition of the Daily Trust, one of the most influential newspapers in his country. You can follow him on Twitter: @KareemReal
BLACK PANTHER #166
TA-NEHISI COATES (W) LEONARD KIRK (A)
Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 1
Black Panther's greatest foe has returned – Ulysses Klaw is back and ready for war! Can T'Challa defeat the man who killed his father all while his country struggles to its feet? And as war looms, Wakanda's gods have disappeared. Enter the Originators! The former gods are back — but what are their intentions for a land that has forgotten them?
BLACK PANTHER #167
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Brian Stelfreeze
KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 2
The Black Panther's greatest enemy springs his trap! And with T'Challa off fighting the former gods of Wakanda, who will come to Ayo and Aneka's aid? And this is only the beginning. A cadre of villains returns as Wakanda comes to its knees!
BLACK PANTHER #168
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coate(A) Chris Sprouse (CA) Brian Stelfreeze
KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 3
ALL THE DOORS ARE OPEN. And for the Black Panther, that's bad news. As monsters pour through strange gateways, T'Challa must defend his country from within. But with Klaw stealing the lifeblood of Wakanda, the king will have to turn to unlikely allies to staunch the tide! Who will join the king's ill-fated crusade?