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Black Panther #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

NEW CREATIVE TEAM, NEW DIRECTION – “THE LONG SHADOW” STARTS HERE! Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and Stormbreaker artist Juann Cabal launch an all-new BLACK PANTHER series with an action-packed espionage story that will upend everything in T’Challa’s life and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe! Secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him! Fresh from returning from his travels in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent! Now T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything…

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
33 pages
Amazon ASIN

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    In this first issue, Ridley does a good job setting up several promising storylines for the Black Panther series. First, we are quickly exposed to T’Challa’s life as an Avenger, King, friend, and brother and the balance he must find to keep everyone happy. Additionally, Ridley establishes the instability of Wakanda’s new democratic government and T’Challa’s concerns over its effectiveness.

    Ridley also establishes T’Challa’s trust issues, showing us how he’s been placing sleeper agents around the world charged with destabilizing any nation that might try to attack Wakanda. The big mystery is who knows about these secret agents and why they are being targeted.

    The issue features multiple action sequences that deliver great dialog, and the attack on the Wakandan agents is surprising, but I wish we could have seen more action in both sequences.

    The pencils by Juann Cabal do an excellent job of portraying T’Challa as the Black Panther and the futuristic ambiance of Wakanda. The facial expressions of the characters stand out throughout the issue. We see a full range of T’Challa’s expressions, from teasing the Prime Minister to mourning the loss of his friend. In addition, I loved how the reunion between the Wakandan agents excels at presenting a secret encounter between lovers before a single word is said.

    Coloring was done by Federico Blee, who did an outstanding job. Blee used vivid colors throughout the issue, always contrasting the characters and their environment.

    Black Panther #1 does an excellent job of establishing the new status quo for the Black Panther and T’Challa’s struggle with trusting others. I can’t wait to see how these storylines play out as the series progresses. You can find more reviews in this series here.

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