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Black Panther #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 critic ratings.

A KING WITHOUT A CROWN!

Banished from the throne and a fugitive in his own homelands, T’Challa still can’t leave Wakanda without its sworn protector. A king without a crown, he finds new purpose lurking the streets and shadows of the Wakandan city that bears his father’s name, BIRNIN T’CHAKA.

New direction, new villains, new creative tea – get in on the ground floor of Marvel’s next smash hit!

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Kindle Edition
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33 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BZZXQLR2

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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    If a king has no kingdom, what does he become? That’s one of the central questions that writer Eve L. Ewing sets out to answer in her exciting new Black Panther series at Marvel Comics. This new take on the iconic character strips away so much of what we’ve always thought the Black Panther to be, focusing on who T’Challa is at his core. The result, at least in this week’s debut issue, is a fantastic exploration of a character readers have known for years, making him seem both brand new and entirely familiar.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    This is the first time in nearly two decades that the main Black Panther comic has been in strong, capable hands. Since Priest, Marvel opted for writers with big names but not necessarily the experience or passion for the work to properly do the character justice. And the most recent run left fans so disgusted that Marvel announced the regime change way ahead of schedule. The response was overwhelmingly positive, partially because of how Ridley’s run left readers. Black Panther #1 gives weight to that newfound optimism, and I look forward to seeing what Ewing and this artistic team have in store for us.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    T’Challa is a king with no kingdom. Still, while this approach has been done many times before, this time it doesn’t make T’Challa feel like the Diet Coke version of Batman
    but it puts more focus on a man who, after being stripped of his title and in exile, continues to look after his country no matter what. Eve L. Ewing, coming in after the conclusion of John Ridley’s run, sets T’Challa in a beautiful new direction that gives the readers a look at Wakanda through a set of fresh eyes as if we’re seeing it for the very first time but Ewing finds a way to make it all exciting. I should also point out that the artwork, done by rising star Chris Allen shines on every page, making Wakanda feel quite alive. T’Challa’s new costume is just awesome and that’s a fact! This is by far a great take on a character that’s been around for years and quite frankly, taking what makes T’Challa special and reinventing the wheel so to speak in order to appease fans old and new.

  • 84

    Graphic Policy

    Written by Eve L. Ewing, Black Panther #1 picks up on the previous volume which stripped the hero of so much of his identity. He’s no longer a king, he’s a fugitive and wanted, his relationship with other heroes is strained. T’Challa’s status is twisted bringing a take on the character that’s more in common with his brief run as Daredevil than it does with Black Panther stories of the past.

    Ewing presents the character more as a shadow, stalking a city and making his presence barely known. It’s a take on the character that makes him feel more like Batman than anything else but it’s a take that’s entertaining and interesting. He no longer has all of the wealth, support, tools, tech, and well… an army and nation, to support him. With a new costume and his intelligence, it’s a different take on the character that feels more “street level” than the globe-trotting or nation level stories of the past.

    And Ewing does it all with a nice introduction. Whether you’ve read the series for years or start with this issue, you’ll quickly catch up and understand the status-quo, at least what you need to. While the specifics are glossed over, the major details are there allowing for new readers to easily dive in.

    The art is stunning. Chris Allen does a fantastic job with inks by Allen and Craig Yeung, color by Jesus Aburtov, and lettering by Joe Sabino. There’s an attention to detail here that makes the comic more immersive in its Wakandan setting. Without it, something would feel missing from the comic. There’s page layouts and panel focuses that make it all a visual treat and will have readers lingering on the pages soaking up the art.

    Black Panther #1 is an intriguing start that sets the character off in a new direction. Add in amazing art and you have a debut that can’t be missed and worthy of a (former) king.

  • 83

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: With the mess left at the end of the last arc for this character, I was hesitant to return to this series and the character outside of his role in the Avengers. Ewing has crafted a first issue that has made me curious though. That curiosity seems to be one of the themes of the story with T’Challa questioning what he knows about his country and its people as he navigates in the shadows listening to them. Ewing does a great job of drawing in the reader with a grounded story that still has thrills and surprises and I liked the tension of T’Challa being on edge in a land he once ruled. The drama in his personal struggle makes me curious enough to see what happens next.

    The Art: Allen delivers some great art in the issue. I love the look of the city and how it beautifully mixes the Wakandan aesthetics into a city that feels apart from the rest of the country.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Black Panther #1 kicks off the new series by turning Black Panther’s world upside-down. Lost, fighting crime in the shadows and questioning his existence, it gives us a fascinating look at a Black Panther we’ve never seen before. We get some great action throughout the issue too, and I look forward to seeing where the book goes from this strong first issue.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Black Panther #1 is an engaging look at a Wakanda (and TChalla) at a crossroads that scales back the epic science fiction nature of the book to a more street-level approach. Echoing some previous points in Black Panthers history, this decision makes for an excellent place to explore the people and structures of Wakanda beyond the royal family. Ewings excellent scripting pairs with Allen and Yeung pencils and inks to bring this version of Wakanda to life, and Aburtovs colors add a new texture that reinforces the tone the book is swinging for. Fans of Black Panther wanting to see the continuation of the character or those looking for a jumping-on point will want to check out this debut issue.

  • 80

    Henchman-4-Hire

    The foundations are laid for this relaunch in a strong, well-written and well-drawn first issue. Everything is put in place where it needs to be, and there’s enough to the characters and the events to hook a new reader, like me.

  • 80

    ComicsOnline

    The level of detailed effort exuding from each and every panel of this issue is an excellent first installment for the Black Panther’s most recent story. Starting with Taurin Clarke’s beautiful cover, the artwork fills each page and brings Wakanda to life in new and varying ways. Eve L. Ewing’s wordsmithing is beautifully crafted, poetically impressing upon the reader the strife within T’Challa, parallelled by that of Wakanda itself. Chris Allen’s pencil work is masterful and forms an exquisite foundation for the expert inking he and Craig Yeung then apply. This is all heightened by Jesus Aburtov’s efforts, somehow perfectly blending an incredibly wide array of colors, representing the amalgam of worlds Black Panther traverses and Wakanda represents.

    This comic was a joy to read, and I cannot wait for the next issue so I can see how Wakanda’s new democracy grows, where its displaced king will find himself, and what challenges both will face separately and together as danger looms around every corner.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    Black Panther #1 holds considerable potential but requires a significant investment in understanding the character’s history. Since T’Challa’s space adventures, I had lost touch with the main title. Nevertheless, the creative team is taking the character in intriguing directions that could redefine the Black Panther’s legacy. However, I found that, at times, the artwork felt busy, making it challenging to discern the focal points. Despite this, I must commend the immaculate new costume and character design of Black Panther, adding a visually captivating element to the story.

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    While a new volume to the franchise Black Panther #1 very much acts as an extension of the previous run by John Ridley. This approach by Eve Ewing comes with both positives and negatives. Luckily, it’s the positives that largely outweigh the negatives as Black Panther #1 concludes.

  • 65

    AIPT

    The thing about making big promises is that you can’t always deliver. Issue #1 gives us a lot to be happy about, and sets the stage for some powerful person moments for T’Challa. But if it can’t let these things have value beyond as a stop-gap for the next Avengers-sized tale, then all this change seems for not.

  • 63

    Multiversity Comics

    “Black Panther” #1 is packed with interesting ideas and demonstrates clear love for T’Challa as a character and Wakanda as a setting; it’s also a deeply flawed comic. This debut picks up with T’Challa ousted as the leader of Wakanda but secretly keeping the streets safe to show that while the country is in turmoil, the Black Panther still protects them (basically doing his best Batman). That’s a really interesting premise and leads to a lot of meaty themes that the team here is ready to dive into. T’Challa’s identity, his place in his country, and his country’s place in the world are all very explicitly addressed here. The problem lies in how that’s executed.

    While we see Black Panther prowl the streets and rooftops of Wakanda, these themes are largely explored through extensive narration. While well-written, these portions of the comic leave you wishing that you could see T’Challa come to realizations like the fact that he’s woefully out of touch with the day-to-day lives of Wakandans rather than talk about the fact that he came to these realizations recently. But for some reason, instead of trusting readers to pick up on big ideas, they’re all written out right on the page, which is notably more dull.

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    The artwork is strong, though it doesn’t feel like it matches the intense tone of the writing. The team renders Wakanda beautifully, weaving familiar elements of a bustling city and afrofuturist influences with ease. The environment is filled with great touches like the design of public transportation and vehicles (that cab that hovers just above ground when it drives is really something) or the fact that normal Wakandas wear all kinds of clothes, some clearly of African origin, some more Western. The art style and coloring are harder to judge. On the one hand, these are really great illustrations; the style is distinctive and full of energy, fitting the focus on city life perfectly. The colors are bright and exciting, making it easy to love being immersed in this setting. The staging of the action could be stronger, as the couple of Black Panther takedowns we see here feel flat, but it still works just fine. On the other hand, the cartoonish style and bright coloring feel at odds with the story of a man searching for meaning and a nation in turmoil. Where the writing is über-introspective and grappling with big concepts, the art has a youthful energy to it. Those aren’t necessarily incompatible in theory but here, the seemingly dark moment T’Challa and Wakanda are going through just isn’t communicated though the artwork.

  • 61

    Geek'd Out

    One thing you can’t say about the Black Panther title at large is that it’s afraid to change things up and radically alter the status quo. (This is, after all, the book that randomly became a sweeping space opera for a year just to give itself a new flavor.) With writer Eve L. Ewing —who becomes the first black woman to write the mainline Black Panther title with this gig— at the helm, T’Challa’s new situation leaves plenty of room to explore such big topics as political unrest, democratic transition, and where exactly he fits in this new framework of Wakanda.

    There’s lots of interesting worldbuilding here, such as the introduction of a previously unseen urban metropolis in Wakanda where T’Challa has been doing much of his crime fighting, that almost gives this issue a Batman-esque feel; low-level criminals on the streets of Birnin T’Chaka speculate and fear the specter of the Black Panther wherever they go. This run seems to be telling a Black Panther story of political intrigue through the lens of neo noir, which is a solid take to go with. Chris Allen’s art is appropriately dark and brooding when it needs to be, and the way he draws a looming Black Panther only feeds the Batman comparison in a way that makes for a compelling hook.

  • 60

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Black Panther #1 starts a new chapter in T’Challa’s legend with an issue that builds an amazing amount of texture and detail into the less-frequented corners of Wakanda. However, this issue is almost all exposition and setup with very little action or Black Panther to show for it, resulting in a detailed but ultimately dull comic.

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