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Wakanda #1 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

The Black Panther is no longer welcome in Wakanda!

Who is this proud nation without its king?

This exciting new miniseries answers that question as each issue spotlights a different fan-favorite Wakandan character.

First up: Shuri proves that being without the Black Panther doesn’t mean Wakanda is without heroes to protect it – and that there is a reason she too once wielded the power.

Plus, part one of the “History of the Black Panthers” backup story, providing for the first time anywhere a definitive overview of every Wakandan who has ever held the mantle of the Black Panther!

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38 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Graphic Policy

    Wakanda #1 is an excellent debut issue which shows why fans have loved the birthplace of T’Challa, even before the movies. The stories by Williams and Narcisse, are funny, powerful and resonating. The art by the different creators are awesome. Altogether, a must buy for Black Panther fans.

  • 90


    ‘Wakanda’ #1 gives us two fantastic looks at the well-known characters that inhabit this powerful fictional land and an in-depth look at the history and culture that makes it stand apart in the Marvel Universe. Giving readers a better look at this nation without the filter of seeing things from the Black Panther’s point of view is a fantastic choice and pays off wonderfully already.

  • 80

    Just as we’re a month away from the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel debuts its newest Black Panther spinoff. Wakanda takes the focus off of T’Challa and puts other franchise characters in the spotlight, with the first issue featuring Shuri. However, the highlight comes from the “History of the Black Panthers” backup. Even the biggest Black Panther fans will find key information to learn from the story, and the addition of annotations allows readers to search out the original comics they appeared in.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    The Black Panther has been banished from Wakanda and his sister Shuri will not leave her lab looking for the reason. The Queen finally manages to drag her away and have a few words with her. Knowing the kingdom is now without their leader several threats are now converging. Shuri manages to deal with the Rhino but finds that he was working with someone so more should be on the way.

    There is also a short story telling the origin of the Black Panther and founding of Wakanda during this story.

    Not sure how much this related to the new Wakanda Forever movie but it at least has some of the same characters in it and does get people used to a “post Black Panther” story as the movie seems to be showing. There is a good reason why they decided not to have anyone else try and replace the lead from the last movie.

    The story has a good pace and leaves you wanting more, all that you would want in and introductory story. Well worth a look even if you were not super into this series in the past.

  • 75


    Wakanda #1 is a solid start to fleshing out the cast of characters that inhabit the nation. Stephanie Williams has a great voice for Shuri, and Paco Medina’s artwork makes for a great match. While there are some missed opportunities with continuity and the backup story by Evan Narcisse will largely only interest those who are heavily invested in learning Wakanda’s history, Wakanda #1 is a nice story that shows off Shuri in time for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

  • 67

    Major Spoilers

    The oddest part of Wakanda #1 is how much it feels like an issue of Marvel Premiere or one of the old-school anthology books and how, even with obvious sequel hooks, it feels like a one-shot. There must be more to this series, perhaps building to an in-universe tie-in to Black Panther 2, but I’m not sure that the continuation will be a must-buy for me based on this issue.

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