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Antar: The Black Knight #1

Writer: Nnedi Okorafor Artist: Eric Battle Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: April 18, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 1
6.5Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Honor through perseverance. Legacy through diversity. IDW Publishing is proud to present the epic story of one of history's greatest warriors and finest poets: Antar the Black Knight. A despised camel driver born of an African slave mother and an Arab Noble father, Antar proves that heroes are made by embracing who we are and dreaming about what we can become.

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Apr 18, 2018

    Antar is where ancient epic poetry meets Conan the Barbarian told in a fully modern tale of true heroism. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - MJ Rae Apr 21, 2018

    This was a gorgeous first issue and the mini series will likely only improve as we learn more about Antars journey, but ultimately I'll be holding out for an entire series about his mother. This is a beautiful comic rooted in history and heroics, and it is sure to be a success as it develops and brings light to one of the most underrated stories in history. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Apr 24, 2018

    Antar: The Black Knight #1 isnt quite a bad book. There are engaging points, and the art is solid. The myth and character have potential for something special, and I will personally be keeping an eye on the series. If youre into ancient fantasy stories and myth in general, this comic will likely give you something worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Ben Snyder Apr 18, 2018

    Perhaps I'm being overly critical. Antar #1 isn't anything groundbreaking, but it is passable at what it attempts to do. I am not in love with the art or the story telling framing, but the bones of the story seem intact and deserving of another issue. It might be more of a marathon than a sprint though, testing how long one can bear with these problems. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    RaisingBlack Apr 19, 2018

    Antar is a solid first issue from Nnedi Okorafor and the artistic team. This book begins with solid action and a painful origin story for Antar. Eric Battle's art style will likely be divisive for many. I find it classic and well suited to telling this legend. Okorafor tells a well-paced story that ultimately is pretty standard for a hero origin story. With parent strife and close deaths that define our hero. What many reviewers will miss is that this book is based on original epic poetry. Antar was an actual person and he was writing these hero tropes long before comics and superhero origin stories. SO to be honest it is not this comic being unoriginal but rather us as writers not coming that far from ancient epics.

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