Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey Artist: Alitha Martinez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 9, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 7
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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    "YOU DESERVED SO MUCH MORE, LITTLE FLOWER. YOU DESERVED A WAKANDA THAT CHERISHED YOU."
Writer ROXANE GAY (Bad Feminst, Hunger) spins a Wakandan love story - its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Illustrated by industry veteran ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Iron Man, Black Panther).
And in a special backup story, acclaimed poet YONA HARVEY (Hemming the Water) explores the true origins of The People's mysterious leader Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story... Illustrated by rising star AFUA RICHARDSON (Genius).
Rated T

  • 10
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Nov 9, 2016

    I appreciate the care and deliberation evident in the writing and art of this inaugural issue. In a world and in a time where people dont respect nuance, World of Wakanda is daring to showcase the varying presentations we offer the world. The Dora Milaje is not a bevy of women solely cast as sexual objects; they are warriors, they are cunning, and they are different. This was an excellent creative team to give justice to the women of Wakanda and they have crafted something important in the context of comic and society. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Nov 11, 2016

    This issue is quite the gift for comic readers, we rarely get to see supporting character get so fleshed out and realized like this. This book is not only expertly written by highly acclaimed women, the book itself is about highly capable women being the hero. This is a treat for woman comic readers everywhere, because the book was not written to pander to woman, it is just a great book that adds to the current Black Panther story from Coates. So, if you need a must read comic to give you some much needed escapism, pick up Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    We The Nerdy - Adrienne Crean Nov 9, 2016

    We get to be introduced into a potentially forbidden love affair, that gives readers a break from constant war chatter. We're also able to understand the pride and respect Wakanda has for all its people and the Royal Family. Do we get to see the Black Panther? Not in this issue. Will we soon? I have no idea. Would I love to see The Dora Milaje develop as characters and as warriors, to fight alongside Black Panther? Absolutely, and I truly hope Gay and Martinez can give us something like that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brittany N. Williams Nov 10, 2016

    Y'all I'm dumb excited for more journeys through the World of Wakanda. This is my first American comic that I'm going to truly be following (maad enthusiastically too) and definitely the first one I'll be reviewing. So the verdict for Issue #1? Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Nov 14, 2016

    A strong accompaniment to one of the most engrossing runs on "Black Panther". Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Nov 9, 2016

    We love T'Challa – we really do – but it's only right that we see the women who fight for and with him develop. Perhaps we can follow their journey up until the point they join forces with Black Panther. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Nov 12, 2016

    This book is going to be required reading once Black Panther hits theaters in 2018, and Im very happy we have such a daring and important book in a time where we need this sort of thing more than ever. Politics aside, the Marvel Universe is a better place because of these creators and characters and most of all, this comic presents some truly classic ass-kicking Marvel action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Nov 14, 2016

    Whether focusing on a blossoming romance or the tale of a refugee, it's hard to understate how important Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 feels in today's world, especially given the results of the election. However, separated from that context, this is still a solid comic book that develops the personal history of characters that factor heavily into Wakanda's present crisis. While World of Wakanda #1 is still a satellite book, it presents its characters in such a way that makes one look forward to what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Nov 10, 2016

    This first issue doesn't break any new ground, and certainly the more mature aspect of these characters has already been revealed and examined much further in its sister series. Still, this does help flesh out much of the necessary backstory that's been absent in the stellar Black Panther series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 9, 2016

    The first issue has its problems, but it's well worth checking out for what feels like an amitious project and release. While I'm a bit mixed on the first issue, I can't wait to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 21, 2016

    This issue was really good. At least the beginning part, the backup was pretty lackluster. Which I see as proof that Coates shouldn't be on Black Panther since he did write the backup. The art however could have been better. Zola looks like a dude sometimes and a ugly chick at others. It is really weird. Anyway, if you are reading normal Black Panther than I would suggest picking this up, otherwise the issue isn't strong enough to warrant picking up on its own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    TheMatteo0 Nov 10, 2016

    Personally I preferred the backup story; exploring the origin of The People and Zenzi; some beautiful artwork and colours and well-written narration offers what I think will be an interesting elucidation of Wakandan politics and conflict. The first story, whilst the weaker I think as it lacks the same wider focus and mystery still offers a close and emotional look at the love story between Ayo and Aneka. It's not really to my taste, but for fans of the pair it will undoubtedly be worth reading.

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Nov 13, 2016

    I usually consider the titles that contain unnecessary backstories and side stories as cash grabs by Marvel. However, I don't think that's the case here. Coates brought in some unique writer talent to pen backstories that not only flush out important players in the main Black Panther story, but also illustrate the context and political climate that set up the main Black Panther story. In fact, I may go as far as to suggest that this is essential reading for those who enjoy Black Panther. Here's your chance to delve into regions of Wakanda that haven't been explored before.

  • 10
    abisaeee Nov 11, 2016

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    ElbaPorter Nov 16, 2016

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    StanielK Nov 9, 2016

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    pablo Nov 10, 2016

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    FT Metler Nov 12, 2016

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