Black Panther #166

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 25, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 16
7.7Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Black Panther's greatest foe has returned - Ulysses Klaw is back and ready for war! Can T'Challa defeat the man who killed his father all while his country struggles to its feet?  And as war looms, Wakanda's gods have disappeared. Enter the Originators! The former gods are back - but what are their intentions for a land that has forgotten them?
PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!  
Rated T

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Nov 6, 2017

    Coates collaborators have been stellar since the beginning of this series. New series artist Leonard Kirk's art makes for quiet but powerful graphical storytelling " explosive in scenes when Klaw unleashes his power and powerfully dramatic when the story delves into the past. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Oct 3, 2017

    Black Panther #166 is an astonishing rebirth for a classic Marvel rogue, and it fleshes him out more than many writers have cared to do in the past. The Klaw as his own master is a compelling change of pace, and I look forward to him opposing the Black Panther in upcoming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Oct 27, 2017

    Black Panther goes in a bold direction in the middle of an engaging arc to give us the legacy on an old villain. It feels like a fresh coat of paint as Coates has given this conflict even more weight and consequence than before. And the stakes were already high. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 26, 2017

    Though it's rather confusing to not include the main character in a pivotal issue for new readers, the comic presented is well written with great art. So, things rely on what you expected and are looking for as to the comics' success. On its own, it's a great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 25, 2017

    This issue is all about the rise of Klaw and how his mission is more than money or power. It will be interesting to see the final showdown between Klaw and Black Panther play out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Oct 26, 2017

    This is a great issue of Black Panther, and while we don't see the hero appear until the end, we know that all the time leading up to clash between Klaw and BP will be worth the set-up. Klaw's collected sociopathy is tangible from the first panel, and though there isn't catharsis to his deeds in this issue, I sense that something truly special will happen in upcoming weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Nov 1, 2017

    T'Challa doesn't even appear until the final page of this issue, it's all about the return of the "sound god" Ulysses Klaw. For good measure too, this installment effectively ramps up excitement for the noise that's come to Wakanda and his eventual showdown with Black Panther. It's also a great entry point for readers not already subscribed to Coates' Wakandan adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - jzwilson Oct 31, 2017

    Couple his quietly bold and inventive vision with detailed descriptions of Wakanda as a country and some of Marvels best veteran artists and you have what continues to be a profound and insightful take on one of the finest superheroes ever created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - James Portis Nov 6, 2017

    Black Panther #166 isn't a bad book by any means. But theres barely any sign of our title character with the book focusing heavily on Klaw, and much like allot of the Marvel Legacy material, if you have no idea what occurred before, you will be more confused than a donkey on roller skates. If youre coming from reading the first 18 issues, then this book is very solid. If youre trying to jump on, it will not be that enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Oct 26, 2017

    BLACK PANTHER #166 is one of Coates' weaker issues. It suffers from a dull story and unremarkable art that makes this an overall disappointing issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Oct 30, 2017

    At its worst, Black Panther #166 shows some of the same trends that have hampered Coates' run on the title. As many parallels as Klaw's origin had to T'Challa's in the first issue, those pages with T'Challa and Shuri took up only the back-end of that debut, whereas here Klaw's monologue is the entirety of the issue. If future issues can properly develop the conflict between hero and villain and give Klaw an effective showing, these additions to his story will seem that much stronger. If the conclusion to this arc comes up short, this will simply add to the bloat. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 26, 2017

    This issue doesn't offer the bold, inviting jumping-on point readers might have been hoping for with Marvel Legacy. The book's numbering may have changed, but Ta-Nehisi Coates is still very much in the middle of telling his second major Black Panther story. And unfortunately, that story still struggles to measure up to "A Nation Under Our Feet." Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Doom Rocket - Don Alsafi Oct 27, 2017

    Not the place to start. Black Panther may be a great comic, if the acclaimed reviews from its first year are anything to go by. Although this was a perfect opportunity to grab new readers, this issue is a terrible introduction to either the character (who isn't really in it) or the book. If you're wanting to check out this title, in fact, you're probably better off picking up the first volume of the collected edition and starting there " because if you get your first taste with this issue, it's unlikely you'll be back for more. Read Full Review

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