Black Panther #1
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Black Panther #1

Writer: Reginald Hudlin Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 2, 2005 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
6.4Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

"Who Is the Black Panther?" Part 1 of 6
The Black Panther's origin is retold in a cinematic scope with social satire and all-out action that's sure to excite true believers and the hip hop faithful.

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Feb 15, 2005

    John Romita Jr. is one of my favourite artists, and I'm delighted to see he'll be this book's regular artist, as not only is he highly dependable when it comes to the monthly deadlines, but he also has one of the more visually exciting styles in the industry. I mean all the proof that one needs about him being the ideal artist for this title is offered up in the opening pages as we see an invasion force is crushed beneath the technical superiority of Wakanda, though if one needs further proof one only needs to look at the double-page spread that captures the battle between Captain America and the Black Panther. The one quibble I will make about his art though is that he doesn't seem to have a good grasp on what Everett K. Ross is supposed to look like which struck me as a little odd, considering the character's look had been well established in the previous series. Still, this is a minor problem that's easily corrected, and it doesn't take away my overall excitement that John Romita Jr Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Jan 30, 2005

    This is a very impressive start to the series, and its certainly got me interested in seeing where things go from here. As someone who has never found the Panther to be a very compelling character, thats some achievement on the part of the creative team. Thoroughly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Jan 30, 2005

    Hudlin and Romita keep the story interesting - its written and drawn in a way that makes me want to come back for more. Thats good, because we get precious little in this first issue beyond set-up. In a way this made me long for the first issue of Panthers Rage, where Don McGregor was so excited about his plot that the speech and caption balloons sometimes overwhelmed the art. I wanted the book to move on a little more quickly, but the same could be said of most current Marvel series. Still, Hudlin and Romita do such a good job that the book is intriguing. This might be a good series to wait for the trade, but you also might be hooked after you read the first issue. I know Im hooked. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jan 30, 2005

    Whilst the final page cliffhanger leaves me cold, and appears to drag the story towards a more clichd and straightforward superhero/villain formula, the rest of the issue sets up a powerful, mysterious central character, an interesting political subplot, and the mystery of Wakandas amazing technological advancement. I probably wouldnt have picked this up if it wasnt currently being offered as an online preview, but having read it I have to say my interest is piqued. And thats probably the best you can expect from a first issue from Marvels decompression-obsessed house of ideas at the moment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Jan 30, 2005

    Overall, this is a quiet beginning. Its too soon to tell where the story is going, or what direction the book will take. Frankly, the first issue of a new series should establish that. But since this is clearly being written for trade collection, Ill treat the first six issues as a first issue. Suppose well have to get used to that in the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jan 30, 2005

    This isnt a bad start, but Ill need something really fresh and new to keep my interest in this series, some spin beyond another round of Panther vs. the big white hunter. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Jan 30, 2005

    Given Marvels pride in decompression and cinematic storytelling, its actually refreshing how much Hudlin manages to get into this first issue. There are three extended flashbacks, two or three villainous interludes, and the amusing episode of the American diplomats. The only thing not in this issue, as has already been mentioned, is the titular hero. The series should still be approached with trepidation, however, since this is going to be a six-issue origin story, and most of these get really boring around issue three. Still, the first issue is solid, which is a lot more than can be said for many cinematic comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dominic Davies Feb 8, 2005

    Hopefully this series can maintain the pace and mystery laid down in this first issue. If you are looking for a Hero comic with a slightly different style and setting, pick this up and give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Rob Irwin Jan 30, 2005

    The best I can say is that there seems to be a story struggling to get out here, and as future issues roll on, things might improve. Maybe this first issue should have been a double edition, just to give the reader a better taste of where the series might be going beyond the introduction. Still, thats academic at this stage - and the best I can give this issue is . Approach with caution. Read Full Review

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