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review 2018-07-06 14:13
Read this because I saw Black Panther recently
Marvel's Black Panther Prelude (2017) #1 (of 2) - Will Pilgrim,Annapaola Martello

This was up for free on Comixology - I believe it still is - and I wanted to see what this book was like.   Call it morbid curiosity: Black Panther was okay, but I didn't think it was one of the stronger Marvel offerings.   I know that it got a lot of hype and that many, many people think this is the best Marvel movie ever.   What I mean is I may be in the minority.   I did appreciate how strong a role women - and women of color I should specify - took in the movie.   I appreciated seeing a Marvel movie that was all people of color, to be honest.


That being said, I think it dragged, I was already bummed about Vision's obvious role in Infinity War and I  knew he wasn't in this.  I also read Black Panther, but it's never been one of my go-to characters or books.   I didn't have the nostalgia factor or the emotional investment in this.   I also think that Civil War was a better movie that engaged me more, especially the parts with Black Panther in them.   


On a geek level, which I feel is less important than seeing strong black women in the movies, I enjoyed how Black Panther included so many of the characters from the comics while trying to minimize some of the racism in said comics.   (By having different tribes, the animal masks that represented different tribes and not using them much, they could have M'Baku - Man-Ape in the comics - without us thinking of him as an ape.  Or I didn't.   I saw him as a very human character with very human motivations, whereas in the comic booth his costume, the constant use of the 'Man-Ape' title and simplistic power-hungry motivations make him far less relatable and quite frankly make it easier to dehumanize him.)  


So I'm going over the movie because I saw it before reading the prelude.  I went in carefully: I was expecting to like but not love this.   The is the story of how T'Challa starts off as the Black Panther.   I found the storyline more engaging, but the lack of strong female characters was mind-boggling given how many strong women the movie is filled with.    In fact, I found the lack annoying in this comic. 


Good look at how he starts superheroing and what shapes and motivates Black Panther, but not sure I'll read the second.   Yes, it was good, but not great, and I am way, way behind on my comics right now.

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photo 2018-03-04 12:56


So, I’ve read that the Heart-Shaped Herb from Black Panther is being labeled a lily. I disagree because it looks more like Ipomoea pes-caprae, which is a member of Convolvulaceae and not Liliaceae.

Picture 1 

Picture 2

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review 2018-03-01 15:30
Black Panther: Soul Of A Machine (2017) #1 Kindle & comiXology - Fabian Nicieza,Ariel Olivetti,Andrea DiVito

It's not that I dislike this character, or plot.   It's just that it didn't grab me as much as I'd hoped, even with the virtual reality aspect.   Then again, this is twelve pages, and an eight part series, so I don't understand why they couldn't have done four books at twice the length.   I didn't download the rest of the series at the time - even though it was free - and I just did today as I was reminded that, hey, it existed as a freebie.   



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review 2018-02-28 00:00
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze It's as wordy as classic Claremont-era X-Men, but well drawn and deeply interesting, if you enjoyed the movie, you'll see that some of the bones of that are here.
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review 2018-02-26 00:00
Black Panther: The Official Movie Special
Black Panther: The Official Movie Specia... Black Panther: The Official Movie Special - Titan Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.

Okay, so I’ve actually ended up reading this for review before I’ve seen Black Panther. I know. Bad me. I’m horrible. (I do fully intend on seeing it next weekend.) However, Black Panther: The Official Movie Special didn’t really spoil anything for me and I actually think I’ll have a better understanding of the film going into it than I normally would have. (Super hero comics just don’t do it for me. Neither do most MCU movies, either.)

Readers will be delighted with the interviews contained within the Black Panther: The Official Movie Guide. The actors and actresses came into the film with various degrees of knowledge regarding the Marvel universe and the Black Panther character and world. The in-character photographs that accompany the interviews are absolutely lovely. My favorite interview was the one with Lupita Nyong’o. While the others were interesting, hers is the one where you could feel her excitement really bleeding through. You could tell the movie meant a lot to her. One thing that was obvious throughout all the interviews was that the actors and actresses felt that the movie was truly different from the other Marvel Universe films. A lot of them also commented on how they believed the movie was putting its finger on the pulse of our world today.

Another thing to takeaway as a reader was that everyone had a strong respect for Ryan Coogler and the way he did his job.

The profile piece on Forest Whitaker was lovely. He really has had an amazing career with lots of roles. Even though he didn’t have an interview, it was nice to see that he was not forgotten.

Black Panther: The Official Movie Special is an interesting movie tie-in that is perfect for people who want to get inside the primary actors’ heads on the film. There are enough stills and photographs/mock-ups of set design to make the hardcore film fans happy. The concept art was absolutely gorgeous. I was expecting a little more out of it, but I wasn’t unhappy with what I read. I think I was hoping for a little more truly behind-the-scenes photographs like of fight scenes and whatnot.

Overall, it’s a solid, if not outstanding tie-in piece and I can see lots of Black Panther fans being happy with adding Black Panther: The Official Movie Guide to their memorabilia collection.

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