Black Panther #3

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Brian Stelfreeze Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 29, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 25
8.5Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

• The most anticipated Marvel series since Whedon & Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men!
•  The Midnight Angels continue the liberation of Wakanda with extreme prejudice, and T'Challa's indecisions could cost him more than just the throne.
•  Coates and Stelfreeze weave a quintessential Black Panther tale that will change the tapestry of the Marvel Universe forever.
Rated T

  • 10
    Project Fandom - Rexlor Graymond Jul 1, 2016

    A seminal issue in Ta-Nehisi's Coates' young series, Black Panther has already thoroughly covered the political and social ramifications of a proud African nation that has only now, after centuries of subservience to a mindful monarchy, begun to find its voice. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Jun 29, 2016

    As amazing as the first two issues of been, this might have been my favorite. Each part of the story gets its own due and yet is building into a sweeping tale that finally befits our favorite fictional City on the Hill in Wakanda. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jun 30, 2016

    Black Panther is one of the series I look forward to every time it comes out. Yes this is issue 3, but it's probably the best so far in the current run. I seriously recommend picking up issue #1 and catching up if you aren't up to date already. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Jun 29, 2016

    This impeccable storytelling is accompanied by beautiful artwork at the hands of Stelfreeze. Not only does it read masterfully, but it's drawn to almost perfection. You get a feel of the country and the traditional theme throughout; even the action sequences kick-ass. They are happy to get into minute detail at any given point, and it makes it a genuine pleasure to look at. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 30, 2016

    Three issues in, it's already clear that this series will rival the best in the history of the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jun 30, 2016

    Whether through word or visage, the team of Black Panther #3 continues to craft a stellar tale. Im emotionally invested in each of the characters and the quick transitions within each of the issues feel as though they are beginning to coalesce. If youve been a fan thus far, issue #3 is perfect for you and the series as a whole is great for getting to know the inner workings and emotions of the Black Panther. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Jul 1, 2016

    Coates, Stelfreeze and Martin continue to strengthen the legacy of the Black Panther, while educating readers on the history of Wakanda and it's people. Readers continue to prosper from the obvious care for detail and effort being put into this book. Whether you are a longtime Black Panther fan or just had your first taste in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War movie, you will enjoy exploring the nation he rules. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jun 30, 2016

    There are times when you feel as if the book is perhaps a little too smart for the reader, that the imagery and poetics almost touch on pretension. I don't think it ever tips over into pretense at all, but other readers amy disagree. At the end of the day, Black Panther #3 feels like a masterpiece in the making, a definitive take on a character that has had a few definitive takes already in his history. On the evidence of this issue and the ones before it, Coates and Stelfreeze will deserve to be in that company. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Arpad Okay Jul 5, 2016

    It is concerned with putting down the spear for the drum. Stelfreeze gives us lots of gorgeous and thoughtful new costumes and technology. But magic rises to meet it, magic that clothes the powerless — even the bodiless. The power folks have to resist is greater than any tool fashioned by man to control them. Black Panther is the clash of the mysteries of the past. Mysteries that werenever really lost, only forgotten against the structures built to replace them. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Jul 6, 2016

    Still, the strengths of Black Panther #3 really outshine the more pointed criticisms. While the series is not for all comic readers, it does offer a combination of story and writing approaches that few other Marvel comics ever have. Additionally, the sales of the first two issues have been outstanding (Black Panther#1 is the highest-selling comic of 2016 so far).While there have been many compelling plot threads unveiled during the first three issues, it will be up to Coates and Stelfreeze to bring those together into a satisfying arc conclusion and extend them into future stories. So far, however, the series has been very good, and Black Panther #3 is a very strong comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 4, 2016

    I highly recommend this book. I feel this issues was not as strong as the previous two, but even with that said it is better than most books out right now. So until next time DatBeardedBastard is out! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 29, 2016

    Black Panther gets better and better with every passing issue. I don't think there is a corner of the Marvel Universe that feels this engaging and worthy of exploration as Wakanda does now.While Civil War II stuff goes on tying up other stories in its web, this is one that you will enjoy for its ability to be self-contained. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jul 1, 2016

    Black Panther pushes the medium to new places and what it lacks in cohesion it makes up for in competence. Coates and Stelfreeze are two masters pushing the medium to the next level while never forgetting the roots of storytelling. You can teach a Masters course in graphic storytelling with this bad boy. Seriously. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jun 29, 2016

    Listen, Coates is a storyteller and that's what he's doing. He's building a foundation to tell a story on. The pace might not be for everyone, but this book deserves more attention from Marvel and its readers. Brian Stelfreeze is the perfect man to show us a lost T'Challa. Stay on board with this one, faithful nerds as we're getting there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 30, 2016

    With its high-profile writer and talented art team, Black Panther has the potential to be one of the best books that Marvel is putting out right now, but the third issue fails to connect. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 29, 2016

    Growing pains are an inevitable part of maturity, and in the case of Black Panther, it's not surprising to see that happening here " unfortunately, in today's ultra-competitive marketplace, readers might not stick around while they wait for the King of Wakanda to catch his breath. Coates' previous two issues felt like necessary exposition, but we're now getting to the point where this lengthy narrative rollout might be too little, too late. There's a lot of ambition to this book, particularly with its sprawling supporting cast, but there seems to be a lack of focus and excitement with T'Challa himself that needs correcting " and fast. Otherwise, the uprising in Wakanda might be nothing compared to the readership diaspora Black Panther might experience. Read Full Review

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