Black Panther #4

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Brian Stelfreeze Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 27, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 22
8.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

• "A NATION UNDER OUR FEET," the first arc of the new hit BLACK PANTHER series, comes to a startling conclusion!
•  Suicide bombers terrorize the people of Wakanda, further eroding any last bits of goodwill towards the royal family...
•  T'Challa struggles to unite his citizens, who are choosing to side with Zenzi and The People in growing numbers...
•  A familiar villain reveals his part in T'Challa's current ruination...and it's not who you think!
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  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Jul 30, 2016

    Black Panther #4 is the best issue of the series so far. Coates' writing is outstanding and Stelfreeze's vibrant art brings it to life. The visuals and the story complement each other perfectly and the book offers some interesting thoughts on leadership and government. There's a lot of thing that could spoil a book that deals with such complicated topics but I think so far it has been undeniably great. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Project Fandom - Rexlor Graymond Jul 31, 2016

    Black Panther's first arc ends in a frenzy, placing T'Challa at wit's end and effectively issuing open war on The People. The weariness and weight of doubt the King had felt in the first four issues suddenly and aggressively transmuted to a inexhaustible amount of rage. Now that Ramonda is hospitalized and Shuri remains in stasis, there is no one T'Challa can fully trust as his personal counsel. The kindly ruler who scarcely presented himself to his subjects must be put aside for the Black Panther, unyielding and undeterred to bring all his enemies to justice" or whichever manner they reach their end. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Jul 28, 2016

    Ta-Nahesi Coates has ten issues and he's putting them to good use, pouring top notch prose and his extensive knowledge and appreciation of African culture into this book, creating a much richer portrait not just of the Panther, but of Wakanda as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Jul 28, 2016

    Black Panther #4 is just another outstanding piece of an impressive and game-changing story by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 28, 2016

    How this story arc concluded was one heck of a way to leave readers at the end of Black Panther #4. Things were only going to get worse before they got any better, yet you couldn't have prepared for how wrong things could go. They did not pull punches and unfortunately this is the reality of a nation crumbling at it's own feet. This is as real as it gets and that means something for a nation like Wakanda in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 28, 2016

    It's clear from reading these first four issues that Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze are every bit as passionate about their supporting cast as they are Black Panther himself. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jul 29, 2016

    While I have some misgivings about the story and specific elements, Black Panther continues to be a solid series. Philosophy, storytelling, and drama mix together to create TChallas conflict, and characters around him continue their movements, complicating the story in an intriguing manner. This purposeful story is intellectually engaging and visually superb. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 1, 2016

    With this series I have the first twoissues in print form and the last two in digital. I regret not getting thephysical copies to complete my collection, so I may go pick them up or justwait for the trade. I actually think that it would read much better in onesitting, but even with that said, this is still one of the best books on theracks right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Aug 7, 2016

    I'm sure a bunch of readers are clamoring for some more action, but I urge you to hang on. We're done with the first arc of Coates' Black Panther, and we're heading down a revolutionary road.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Arpad Okay Aug 1, 2016

    The people " you and I " that is what still lacks a voice in this book. The first quarter closes with issue four. Is the king wise? Is his opposition right? Can two women be a better voice for all of us than one man? The fire rises in Wakanda, and its stars rise with the flames, each of them vying to be the one who saves all the lives burned in their ascension. You. Must. Read. This. Book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Aug 1, 2016

    All told, Black Panther #4 is an engaging read, even if it isn't completely satisfactory. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze and Laura Martin have crafted a layered world that asks readers to question the structures that have been in place since the inception of the titular hero. However to maintain momentum, future issues of Black Panther must begin answering these questions or else the title may find itself spinning its philosophical wheels. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Jul 29, 2016

    Shout-out to Coates for the gem he dropped on leadership and inspiration in the middle of the story…Respect… Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - Aug 1, 2016

    There are some really interesting things going on with this series. Stuff I've never seen in a comic is getting addressed and I find it fascinating. I just wish Coates remembered he's right a comic and not a political thesis. I don't mind a happy medium, but spending money on an Black Panther comic where Black Panther only wears the suit in the final panel, that's something I can't ignore for this review. Stelfreeze also is taking time off, so I'm worried how issue #5 is going to look without Stelfreeze gorgeous backdrop of the Golden City looking over Wakanda. Read Full Review

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