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review 2018-12-09 19:29
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book One
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze

I read this for one of my summer classes. We had to read and annotate 10 comics/graphic novels. Here's the annotation I wrote for that class:

 

Queen Shuri has vanished, and T’Challa returns home to a people on the edge of revolt and the threat of war from the neighboring country Niganda.

 

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet is not the easiest entry point to T’Challa’s story. Knowledge from the film assuaged some confusion, but there were still moments where I felt I was missing out because of my lack of knowledge. Since this is the first book in an ongoing series, there's a lot of set up but very little resolution.

 

The most striking aspect of the book is that, with the exception of one character, every single character in the book is Black. And the best aspect of the book is those characters. Black Panther is populated with complex characters, including several strong, active, remarkable women. In the book, there are clear protagonists and antagonists but there is a much less clear divide between the “good guys” and “bad guys.” T’Challa is the hero of the story, a story which opens with him assailing his own people. Aneka is removed from the Dora Milaje and punished for breaking a law even though her actions were morally right. These moral ambiguities create tension that drive the story forward.

 

Black Panther is not a book to pick up and read on a whim. It demands readers’ attention and concentration, and rewards it well. When I finished I wished I had Book Two in hand because I need to know what will happen next.

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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
Eh...
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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