Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther

Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther

Posted by jack_miller | Published 5 months ago

With 155 ratings

By: Reginald Hudlin , John Romita, et al.

Purchased At: $24.99

Deep in the heart of Africa is Wakanda, a technologically advanced civilization of great power and mystery. During the last ten centuries, as European colonial powers spread their guns, armies and undisputed domination throughout the continent, Wakanda has stood alone as an unconquerable land inhabited by undefeatable warriors. Governing this nation is a lineage of warrior kings possessing enhanced speed, strength and agility. Today, T'Challa is the latest in this famed family line, the great hero known worldwide as the Black Panther. Despite the futile defeats of the past, outsiders are once more assembling to invade Wakanda and plunder its riches.
Recently started reading comics (after a friend let me borrow his Walking Dead comics). I saw that Black Panther was going to be in the new Avengers movie but wasnt familiar with the character so I thought Id read up on him some.

I loved this book and the Black Panther may easily be my favorite superhero now!!

I was so sad when it ended and the story doesnt continue. (If anyone knows where part 2 can be found - let me know!)
Definitely definitely recommend!

- leonel_morales

Great story - origin of the Black Panther, great illustrating by Romita Jr., good use of some of Marvel's classic villains. Good introduction for thos who don't know the Black Panther & want to learn about him before the movie comes out. The DVD version is very good. My local library has ordered in the prose novel based on this. Can't wait to read it! Recommend this classic..

- angelina_foster

The best written version of the Black Panther by far. Heads above the rest the rest of what has been written before or after this run done by Reginald Hudlin truly superior and Superb will recommend to any one and everyone.

- aadhya_lopez

This graphic novel was the first Black Panther book I've ever read. I read a 4-issue miniseries a long time ago, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me because I've forgotten what the story was even about(I think it was about someone, a cop I think, named Casper Cole taking on the role of Black Panther and fighting corruption on the streets in America). Needless to say, it was not the classic Black Panther that this story is about. This Black Panther, T'Challa of Wakanda(a small independent country in Africa that is both a tribal and simultaneously more technologically advanced nation than any other in the world), is WAY different and MUCH cooler! I have read books with T'Challa in them before, but never one where he was the central character of the story. And what a heck of a story it is.

The story is an origin story and a suspenseful, political, action-thriller about revenge and power - those who have it, and those who want it. I won't go into the details of the plot, so don't worry, no spoilers here. What I will do is comment on the quality of the story in both the writing and the artwork.

First, the writing. Reginald Hudlin, coming from the movie industry, does a nice job in weaving together a history for both the Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda, while telling an intriguing action-thriller that moves at a fast pace which rarely lets up. His movie-making influence can be felt here in the best possible way. His history makes for an excellent transition into telling this story in a wonderfully cinematic fashion. You could see this as a movie quite easily. In fact, Marvel Knights DID make this into an animated movie/motion comic. This leads me to the artwork.

John Romita, Jr.(a favorite of mine) contributes heavily to the cinematic look and feel of this book. Although the panel layouts are of the simple, classic kind(there are no panels-within-panels/overlapping panels, or non-square/rectangle panels to be found here), which is typical of JRJR's stuff, there is still that feeling of watching a movie unfold before your eyes. I find that this is the case with much of his works(see "Daredevil: The Man Without Fear", "Kick-Ass", or "The Incredible Hulk v.1: Return of the Monster"). If you aren't familiar with his style, I would describe it as highly tangible. That is to say, it is clearly intelligible. It isn't elusive in any way. It's very straightforward and simplistic. That doesn't mean that it isn't stylized. You could have 100 artists draw the same page, and I could pick his out with ease. His look is both cartoonish and realistic in nature. And his characters have a somewhat blocky nature to them. I happen to like this aspect and think that it works well for him. The amount of detail in his panels is modest, yet he hits all the right notes to sell the reality of the scene. His close-ups, for example, are typically absent of any background elements entirely(aside from a solitary color). He chooses, rather wisely(for HIS style anyway), to emphasize the main focus of the scene; be it an apologetic yet uneasy expression on the face of a prostitute declining a proposition from a customer to allow him to kiss her in exchange for added cash; or the image of two hands - one, the customer's holding out a wad of hundreds, the other the prostitute's, reluctantly outstretched in acceptance of the cash - completing the foreboding transaction of which she had just previously declined. JRJR is a master storyteller. He makes even little things like this palpable. And his action sequences? Top-notch.

There were a couple of things that were drawbacks. One was the fact that pretty much all of the non-Wakandans in the story tended to be portrayed in a rather negative light. I understand that Hudlin was trying to establish that Wakanda was not only technologically advanced, but also socially and morally advanced as well. You can agree or disagree with this premise, but although I think Hudlin may have pushed a little too hard sometimes in trying to validate this stance, I respect his position and I believe that it makes sense within the sociopolitical context of this book. The other thing that detracted from this book was the quick ending. It seemed to end a little too fast for me. But I can live with these things because the overall story is a fun read, and the artwork is great. In the end, I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of either JRJR or suspenseful action-thrillers in general.

- jordan_reed

one of the best Black Panher reads to get some back ground on the Panther

- raymond_castillo

Great read! The movie is coming out! Read this before! Great price too! Learned a lot about the character I didn't know.

- parker_hughes

Very obviously written as a treatment for a movie, but also seemed like a famous person getting to play a bit in the comic book sandbox in his own What-If sort of universe, inhabited by fake disposable Radioactive Men and Dark Knights. Great art and digital coloring; meh story.

- trent_cruz

This is a well written and very interesting story. Really like seeing the rhino in the story. Watching him running through everything is great.

- reign_brown

Loved the cartoon and the DVD. Hudlin did a great job

- kamryn_williams

Great price and quick delivery

- dominick_cook

My cousin's son loved it!

- tyler_garcia

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