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Black Panther #1

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Daniel Acuna Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 23, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 43
8.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T'Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed...
Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T'Challa's name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda!
Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuña for a Black Panther story unlike any other!
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  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Jon-Carlos Evans May 25, 2018

    In simpler days, this would be a simple Issue 25 Deluxe release.In these times of short memories and reboots, however, we get a new "Black Panther #1." Not mad at it. The legacy numbering initiated by Marvel actually fits well into the new "Fresh Start" logo and sits elegantly underneath the larger reboot number. Whereas other Marvel titles affected by the "Fresh Start" are using the opportunity to restore legacy characters into their classic roles (Iron Man, Thor, and Wolverine), Coates endeavors instead to take us where no Panther has gone before. This is only the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin May 23, 2018

    Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña deliver an unexpected but entirely welcome game-changer with this new volume. It's a sci-fi action story that is the very definition of "out there," and yet it still has the core of fascinating ambiguity that's become Mr. Coates's trademark. Black Panther #1 is a whole lot of awesome things: A highly entertaining popcorn comic, a perfect provoker of deep thoughts, a remarkably good follow-up to the Black Panther film, and an excellent jump-on point for new readers. It is as close to perfect as any #1 can get. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comicsverse - Oliver Vestal May 23, 2018

    BLACK PANTHER #1 is definitely worth your time. It has excellent world-building that develops both the plot and the characters. Daniel Acua's art is very telling of the tone of the comic. Overall, it's a great read! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Reed Hinckley-Barnes May 25, 2018

    "Black Panther" #1 lives up to the promise of a new volume, taking the series in an exciting and completely different direction. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin May 26, 2018

    Black Panther #1 is a major home run every way you slice it. Top to bottom, it's a dazzling spectacle. Ta-Nehisi Coates continues to build on his already impressive legacy at Marvel, this generates even more excitement for his upcoming Captain America as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn A. Warner May 29, 2018

    As a complete issue, Black Panther #1 is about the strongest issue on the racks this week. It lacks nothing as it over does nothing. The book is so balanced even Thanos with his insatiable appetite for balance would love it. Seriously Coates and Acuna have crafted a definitive first issue, it is intriguing without being needlessly pedantic and confusing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick May 24, 2018

    Black Panther #1 is a completely new story and the perfect jumping on point for movie fans who have never read a comic. No backstory is required. Longtime Black Panther fans might find it hard to digest how far from tradition this Black Panther story is, but if you're willing to go in with an open mind you will be rewarded. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 3, 2018

    Black Panther #1 takes T'Challa on a fantastic galactic voyage and this is already shaping up to be one of Marvel's most promising titles of 2018. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana May 26, 2018

    Acuna's visuals and Coates' growth as a comic book writer are sure to make Black Panther #1 the undisputed King of Marvel's Fresh Start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - nicolasduncan Jun 4, 2018

    This first issue is intriguing and action-packed from the first page to the last. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 23, 2018

    A great story and deep mystery is unfolding in this issue and the story seems to be leading to some interesting places thematically. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Stephen Gustafson May 24, 2018

    Easy thumbs up. Grab this and tell a friend. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 23, 2018

    Black Panther #1 delivers a wildly different and compelling new status quo for T'Challa. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Trevor Richardson May 23, 2018

    Readers looking for a jumping on point, a fresh start to the series, or just an intriguing, stylish sci-fi story need look no further than this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 25, 2018

    Black Panther #1 is a tight and fast-moving introductory issue for this new era of TChalla. The story is fresh to the character and series, the narrative is interesting, and the art is great. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 26, 2018

    Excellent art helps to overcome the difficulties of the first chapter of a story full of mysteries. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley May 29, 2018

    As a first issue, Black Panther #1 displays a solid handle on what it wants to be and establishes that clearly to readers. As a story, it feels both fresh and exciting, crafting a distinct identity that stands out against the many other books on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett May 23, 2018

    Even larger thematic issues loom. Coates and Acua are addressing slavery, a slavery perpetrated by T'Challa's own people, that will require a deft touch and raise far more difficult questions than those in the plot itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones May 23, 2018

    Coates definitely won me over here and showed me what he has learned about comics since he started writing at Marvel. Acuna is a great choice for the issue making the title a BUY for me. This is how you craft a good debut script. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton May 27, 2018

    Whereas his first two years of writingBlack Pantherfocused on T'challa as monarch, Ta-Nehisi Coates uses the new space operatic setting ofBlack Panther#1 to narrow in on T'challa as hero and legend. Daniel Acua's art and colors are virtuosic from the gorgeous spacescapes to T'challa getting beaten within an inch of his life. He has mastery over both cinematic and intimate moments, and the book is worth picking up for his visuals alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed May 23, 2018

    Veering off into a wildly new direction, Black Panther #1 utilizes shock and disorientation to help focus on the defining traits of its lead character. While some may find it disappointing that plot threads such as the missing Wakandan gods are seemingly on hold, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acua appear to have found a new vein worth exploring. Hopefully the answers to the mystery are as interesting as the question itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 23, 2018

    The first issue is good and has me interested, much like Coates' first issue of Black Panther so long ago. While it doesn't have me pumped, it has me intrigued as this feels like a concept and attempt at something very different for the character. While much of the first issue is a frustrating mystery, that's part of the point. With what's presented this is one series I'll check out further to see how it plays out and where it all goes. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    On Comics Ground - Aaron Jones May 29, 2018

    We travel to a galaxy far away to an empire of Wakandans. Coates leaves us with more questions than answers as we learn about the kind of empire is being run at the expense of others. The focus lies with one of the Nameless, a slave and a remarkably accomplished fighter, who seeks only to return home. The art is beautiful and worth the price of admission but the exposition a little slim. Join the journey and hopefully, it will all make sense soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    RustonLF May 24, 2018

    The story started here leaves you feeling disoriented and lost. Something that is not helped by the art. I enjoy Daniel Acuna's art but there is a lack of distinction to it that can be harder to interpret when you are unfamiliar with the characters and setting of the story. While this seems like it would be a bad thing it is actually what Coates was going for in this story. It works to reflect on the reader the feeling T'Challa has as he is enslaved in space with no memory of who is he or where he is from. We get a very different Black Panther story that is more of a space fantasy tale that is set up with an opening page that gives you a general idea of what is happening. The complete change in the books premise might be jarring for some, b more

  • 9.0
    MKW69 May 24, 2018

    This is how do you start a 1 issue. It also shows how much Coates evolved as A writer. 1 issue of his 2015 series was very over wordy and not Good for New readers. This one is kinda confusing, but we learn with T'Challa what's going on.

  • 10
    CrazyforRAMU Dec 3, 2018

    We're dropped into a wild sink-or-swim sci-fi adventure along with a T'Challa who might or might not be the king we know from previous volumes. The action is breathless and enthralling. Scene-setting hints and plot foreshadowing are woven through the adventure with exquisite skill, never meddling with the strong pace. There are a few pickable nits (very minor ones), but this new world is so audacious and inventive that I'm absolutely thrilled to explore it.

  • 9.5
    Tree Fingers May 24, 2018

    sign me up.

  • 9.5
    Dispatchdcu May 26, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    Marvel has been killing it lately. Creativity has been literally oozing from these comics as of late and this Issue of Black Panther fits that mold. Now, before I start, let me just be honest with all of you to say that I’ve read very few Black Panther comics. I’ve never been too interested in the character but told myself I was going to read all the “Fresh Start” number 1’s to see the direction of the comics, the creative teams, and to see if I should stick it out or not throughout the series. Well, after reading issue 1, I’m definitely in for i more

  • 9.5
    RaisingBlack May 29, 2018

    A great Fresh Start and the jump on point many have been asking for.

    I have really enjoyed Coates run on BP and I am happy to see him continuing in a new direction. In the previous runs by Coates, he really made the focus about the supporting cast. At points, his run was a full political drama mixed in with superhero elements, but this fresh start puts T'Challa right at the forefront and the star of a great space epic. Coates waste no time setting up players and getting us into a story that has the potential scratch the itch of those seeking a BP closer to the high action movie and the promise of high action is all around.

    The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda has a lot of potential to be one of the best settings in th more

  • 9.0
    Kalaoui May 24, 2018

    Started rocky but ended up being great and it makes sense that Coates might wants us to relate to T'Challa this way. The art of Acuna is what sold me on it and the story being a mystery is a plus.

  • 9.0
    Superheroes for Hire Jul 29, 2018

    I wasn't actually going to buy or read this issue, because of the $4.99 price to start with. And the few issues I read of Coates' previous series were impenetrable. But I got this issue in a prize bundle with some other comics, so I read it. My overall impressions are: great art, competent writing, good pacing, sparse dialog, and an intriguing premise for the series. I'm a little skeptical of the premise (why do the names transfer across the galaxy, how did T'challa get abducted, etc.). As a reader "new" to this franchise, I did find it all very accessible though. It should be pointed out that Daniel Acuna displays a mastery over his craft, providing unique character designs, kinetic action, at least moderately detailed backgrounds that th more

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  • 8.5
    DarioV May 29, 2018

    A great way to introduce a new chapter in T'Challa's story. It is not even clear IF the protagonist is T'Challa himself (and the same can be said for M'Baku and the others), but the storytelling, favoring silence over excessive explanations, makes it an emotional and definitely intriguing read. Only negative note: it reminds me way too much of "Black Bolt", which came out just a year ago.

  • 8.5
    Spock's Brain Jun 1, 2018

    I really enjoyed issue #1 of the new "Black Panther" by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuna. This comic is really suspenseful and action packed, creating some very interesting questions to create a really great hook for a first issue. The mood and tone of the book are super cool, as I found I was really drawn into this new galactic world while I read this issue. Acuna's action scenes have a great sense of movement, flow and momentum, really great sequential storytelling in these scenes. I tried to like the last "Black Panther" series, but I eventually just found it too...thick, if you know what I mean? Too stuffed with ideas to really work as a narrative. But this issue is a fantastic new chance to get into T'Challa...highly recommended!

  • 8.5
    Gizmo Jun 17, 2018

    Coates is trying something new with Space Panther, I wonder what inspired him to take this direction, it is totally out of left field. There are so many questions remaining, are we in the future? Is this the real T'Challa? I appreciate the allusions to American slavery robbing culture with regard to the empire robbing the miners of their memories.

  • 8.0
    The 20 Issue Ceiling May 29, 2018

    The art in this issue was very strong.

  • 7.0
    SloboSOY May 24, 2018

    At first I was very upset that we didn't see how tchalla was taken, but at the end I understood that is not the King Tchalla we know. And in a way that was very daring to do this story. Sure I didn't like some part, but at the end I loved the team-up for this black panther incarnation.
    That may be a new way to make old friend & foes in another shape ... And that will surely entirely free of the Marvel univers.
    Coates can address slavery & revolt in a all new way. I wasn't very convinced by this Black Panther in space before reading it, but at the end, I love it.

    Cover - A cover in link with the first one of the previous volume. Not related but nice. 1/2
    Writing - I have some issue with how coates plan his story. Bu more

  • 4.0
    Forge May 23, 2018

    This book was confusing. It wasn't until the end that I realized that this is all taking place in the future. I guess the space Wakandans have evolved into these gray skinned guys with barracuda teeth? But a few still look like regular earth brothers. I'm not sure why the guards didn't just kill future T'challa when he tried to escape. Also, all the flashbacks and flash-forwards added to the confusion. This book seriously needs an editor.

    Acuna's art sort of works for SciFi.

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