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review 2017-08-24 04:25
Black Panther: World of Wakanda
Black Panther: World of Wakanda Vol. 1: Dawn of the Midnight Angels - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Roxane Gay,Yona Harvey,Alitha Martinez,Afua Richardson

When I first started the Black Panther run by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ayo and Aneka, two members of the Dora Milaje quickly became the best part of the series for me. So to get a book with a large focus on the two of them was a great surprise. The fact that Roxane Gay wrote this made it even better.

 

World of Wakanda put the focus on several members of the Dora Milaje from new recruits to veterans as they trained, warded off attacks on Wakanda, and slowly began to question Black Panther and whether he truly was putting Wakanda's interests first. There was a lot of inner conflict for the characters to deal with, and I loved seeing each of them struggle to figure out how to honor their oaths while still doing what they thought was right.

 

And I just really love Ayo and Aneka. It was nice seeing the start of their relationship and its progression. This book gave me better context for what they're doing and why in the Black Panther series. I now want another book or two (or more) of their adventures.

 

The only part I didn't like of this book was the very last issue which switched to a story about White Tiger. While I'm sure I've read stuff with White Tiger in it, I didn't remember much about him beyond that he existed, so it didn't help that his story kept referencing things in his past that I wasn't familiar with. This issue read more like a generic superhero story that was completely different from the previous issues. It just felt out of place with the rest of the book.

 

Despite the last issue, World of Wakanda was excellent. It gave a closer look at some of the most fascinating characters from the Black Panther series and made me want more of them.

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review 2017-08-03 15:13
Waiting for the movie, waiting for the movie
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze

Note: I got this for free via an Amazon Marvel Comics' Offer. I "purchased" a FCBD comic about Rocket for nothing, and then recieved an email coupon saying I could get a free comic collection. I chose this one because I was lucky enough to see Coates speak shortly after it was announced he was writing this.

Years ago, I was a huge Marvel fan, until they screwed one too many of thier female characters over. So I stopped reading. I kept up a bit because you know how it is. You get attached to characters and want to know. I was never a Black Panther fan. Sorry, just wasn't, mostly because I didn't read the Avengers. But Storm, Storm and Firestar are my two favorite Marvel characters. When Storm and Panther married I was like cool even though I shipped Storm/Forge, but why did you retconned it the way you did? Why couldn't the story of Storm saving Panther be kept? Why did it have to be reversed? But I understand the importance of the, this, power couple, but this begs the question why break them up?

So that's my mind set when I picked this up. As someone who has not read Marvel in recent years, I was slightly confused on the outset, though the summery at the start helped with this. And honestly, if Marvel had been producing this when I stopped reading, I would not have stopped reading.

First, the art. Comic books are known for women with skinny waists, big boobs, and really strange outfits. Well, the strange outfits are here and some navels get flashed, but the women are actually drawn as women with real waists and bust sizes. So wow. Awesome. Women in power too. 

Second, the plot. Coates' storyline seems to be on the nature of rule, which is a rather interesting take. Coates explored not only the idea and cost of ruling, but what happens when that pact is broken. It is a really adult look at power and government that mirrors some the politcal situations in some African countries. Really well done writing.

On the representaton issue, this book is great. Two of the leading female characters are in a romantic realtionship where they truly care for each other. They are not demonized. Additionally, there are hints of a relationship between two older adults. There is only one white person who has a small role, and the book therefore balances the predominately white casts of the other comics. Honestly, there was a time when the Avengers seemed to be nothing but blonde men. Representation does matter, everyone should realize this.

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review 2017-06-24 03:43
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (1-4)
Black Panther (2016-) #2 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 (Black Panther (2016-)) - Brian Stelfreeze,Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black Panther #4 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Bria... Black Panther #4 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze

 

 

I read this comic book series for my graphic novel class. I went into it knowing nothing about the Black Panther except having seen him in an Avenger's movie I think. I found this series of comic books more than a bit confusing. So many characters to keep track of and so many story lines that I didn't really understand. But, the main story is good, and if you know the backstory, maybe it will be easier to follow and understand.

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review 2017-06-09 21:29
Review: Black Panther, A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze

More ambitious than a lot of comics I've read recently, but also not as enjoyable. Specifically, the multiple story lines are broken up so that just as I was getting into one, the narrative swapped to another, preventing me from becoming invested in any of them. I feel like an animated feature with this book as a storyboard would be great, but I don't think I'll continue reading it. 

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review 2016-12-02 19:12
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1
Black Panther: World of Wakanda (2016-) #1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Alitha Martinez,Yona Harvey,Afua Richardson,Roxane Gay

I have been excited and anticipating this ever since it was announced that Roxane Gay was going to be a writer for this comic and it did not disappoint.

It's only one issue and I don't read Black Panther, so I  was a little lost going in. I'd had no previous knowledge of the women guards and warriors of Wakanda, which might be one of my favorite things ever, and I had no idea who Zenzi is or what her future significance may be.

I usually prefer to read volumes because a single issue like this is such a TEASE. It introduces the characters mentioned above as well as some others, who are all interesting and the players all seem to be in place for the plot that is to come but now I have to wait a whole month for the next installment and the wait is going to drive me nuts.

Okay, I'm gonna take a second and grab some air and then we're going to  talk about this issue.

Art - of course, I love the art. I love the way the women are drawn. Beautiful and sexy but not sexualized. That may seem like splitting hairs, but there's a difference. The face tattoos on Captain Aneka are gorgeous and I love her training outfit, though I'm not sure how functional a bandeau top is during a fight, even in training. The trainee outfits I totally get though. I also appreciated their musculature. I know some comics overdo it but these women are fighting to be elite warriors so they're probably gonna have some superior musculature. I found the many different styles of dress and hair interesting and gorgeous. They're quite different from what we're used to seeing in the US, but this story doesn't take place here, so that was obviously appropriate. Being nowhere near an expert on African styles, I'll leave it at that.

Story - as I mentioned before, I had no idea who the Midnight Angels or any of the people mentioned in the back cover were, so I didn't really have any expectations about how the characters would interact. I don't want to spoil it for others like me, so I'll say that I found it an interesting relationship to have in a book like this. Also, the whole concept of the Dora Milaje and the sisterhood is just awesome. I was a little lost when there were mentions of some war between the Avengers and the X-Men came in. That whole scene had me lost and I wasn't really sure where it fit into the bigger story or if it's just meant to place the timing of Ayo's training.

I really appreciated the map coming into the piece on Zenzi. At first, I thought it was really a part of the comic, but then I realized it was the "backup story" mentioned in the back cover info. She's an interesting character and I can't wait to see how she plays into the World of Wakanda storyline.

I really enjoyed this comic and will be anxiously awaiting the next installment!

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