I enjoyed how T'Challa is dealing with the actual running of a state in this book as compared to the movie, even as the revolution is brewing. The actual Black Panther fighting bits were pretty secondary in my estimation and my favourite scenes were with the old revolutionary academic. I will be reading the rest of Coates' run on this book.
I might read more, but it was hard to get used to the surprisingly literary style of writing.
If you read this, everything else that follows makes total sense.
Coates presents an excellent storyline that fuses perfectly well with events passed in Wakanda. T'Challa is not just a hero. Not just an Avenger. Not even just a king. In this story, he is shown as a very profound individual; flawed, bent then broken, human. I only started to go back and read prior stories just so I can know more about him as T'Challa, the man. Here, Coates' rendition not only speaks into Wakanda's history, but world history. Not only is a good storyteller, he is also a historian. In "A Nation Under Our Feet," not only are you pulled in by the story, but you are absolutely thrown off balance as the Black Panther that some of us know, true believers and newcomers alike, is broken down piece by piece in such a way that does not show weakness, but humanity and the struggle of being a good person, a good man, a good king for his people. It is wonderful.
As far as the comics go, before this book hit shelves Black Panther was thrown around a lot since about 2012. He was still a very interesting character but it seemed as if he was in one devastating event after another. Wakanda suffered.
Coates does an amazing job letting those events weigh heavy on T'Challa while focusing the story on the present and future. This creates a solid story without making the reader feel like they have to go back and read all the comics they may have missed. I will say, as a Vol. 1, I felt like it was an incomplete story and you would, at minimum, need to continue to Vol. 2 and most certainly beyond. Coates is playing the long game and I believe it is for a greater purpose.
This is a great book all around: layered, poetic writing and gorgeous artwork.
Definitely not a light read. This one dives right into a struggle. Topics like monarchy, democracy, philosophy, environmentalism all get mixed with a Black Panther's struggling to maintain his rule and be a better king. Deep and political.
Coates has reimagined T'Challa as a thoughtful, flawed king, trying to repair the damage Wakanda has suffered over the years. Stelfreeze's pencils are lush and stunning and the story is rich, even if it takes a bit to properly get going. Perfect for beginners to jump on board.
Can Ta-Nehisi Coates write comic books well? YES. This series is full of big ideas, big action, and fantastic art. Coates has set up some huge, really relevant challenges for the Panther, and I can't wait to find out what happens next.
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