Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
It’s no surprise that Black Panther would get an ongoing before his live action debut in “Captain America Civil War.” This series is bringing Panther back to his roots as the King of Wakanda, although not during the best of circumstances. The country is currently in a crisis type situation, the people have little faith in their king and the policies that are currently in place. Wakanda is seemingly in a transitional period, unfortunately this transition is brought on with violence. The country itself is still reeling from the Atlantean attacks that occurred during “Avengers Vs. X-men” and T’challa (Black Panther) is dealing with his own people calling for his head.
What I like most about this issue is the balance that Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze bring to the country of Wakanda. We are always told about how advanced this society and these two actually show it. Wakanda is shown to be both a country that clearly values age-old beliefs with modern technology(well in this case futuristic society). It’s a setting that we haven’t seen too much depth of in recent years and it’s refreshing to see this part of the Marvel Universe again.
T’challa clearly has the weight of the world on his shoulders, not only is his country in crisis he is also dealing with the last page reveal. It will be interesting to see how he finds a way to balance all of these things before eventually they fall apart. If you enjoyed Hickmans Black Panther it’s a continuation of that in the best way possible.
Coates writes a great issue which gives a slow burn, you can see that it is his first time in this medium. I don’t mean this in a bad way, but you can clearly see that this story will unfold over a longer period than many of us are used to. He creates a society that you want to explore more and a character that is conflicted for very justifiable reasons. This is all complimented by Brian Stelfreeze, his art helps keep the flow of the issue going. He creates a wonderful background and his facial expressions really show what these characters are going through emotionally.