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Black Panther #1

Writer: John Ridley Artist: Juann Cabal Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 24, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 26
8.1Critic Rating
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NEW CREATIVE TEAM, NEW DIRECTION – “THE LONG SHADOW” STARTS HERE! Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and Stormbreaker artist Juann Cabal launch an all-new BLACK PANTHER series with an action-packed espionage story that will upend everything in T’Challa’s life and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe! Secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him! Fresh from returning from his travels in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent! Now T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Nov 22, 2021

    Black Panther #1 shifts the King of Wakanda's focus from interstellar matters to a spy adventure, as John Ridley and Juann Cabal take over the title. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Jeff Brister Nov 22, 2021

    In Black Panther #1, John Ridley and Juann Cabal waste no time throwing readers into the action, setting things up for a world-spanning thriller. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 24, 2021

    Juan Cabal delivers some beautiful work throughout this issue. The style is beautifully detailed and filled with great action and character moments. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 24, 2021

    Black Panther #1 is exactly what I was hoping for in a series written by Ridley. It delivers just enough to chew on and think about while setting up an action mystery that feels more thriller than spandex superhero action. After a galaxy spanning epic, the comic comes home in a more grounded, down-to-earth, focus of a man who may be split in too many directions and whose past decisions are coming back to haunt him. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Dec 5, 2021

    "A king's business is getting things done," T'Challa says at one point. With a great espionage-tinted take, this issue takes that business very seriously. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Tim Adams Nov 24, 2021

    Marvel's new era of Black Panther gets off to a captivating start. Whereas the previous volume by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuna primarily took place in the stars, John Ridley, Juann Cabal, and Federico Blue deliver the beginnings of an espionage tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Dec 2, 2021

    It's a bold new day in Wakanda as the latest Black Panther series dives deep into political and social realms while diving deeply into the shadowy realms of spy stories. The oversized debut issue has a lot to say wrapped up in a truly gorgeous and cinematic-like presentation that is worth the price of admission alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Nov 24, 2021

    Black Panther #1 by John Ridley does a fine job setting up a new adventure for T'Challa. It has a solid opening and establishes the new threat along with the emotional stakes for Black Panther going forward. However, some of the main plot elements were partly underwhelming, but the subject matter leaves room for a good storyline that can go well if handled properly in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Nov 22, 2021

    But, for all the promise the story has, the action sequences in Black Panther #1 leave a bit to be desired. With there being one right out the gate, that can easily disengage readers from the jump. The artwork is fine outside of the fights, but that's almost always significant in a superhero comics. The story seems promising enough that it can work around it, but that was a bit of a letdown. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Robert Reed Nov 22, 2021

    Overall, this is an exciting first step in next chapter of T'Challa's story. While not quite a perfect start, John Ridley and Juann Cabal set a determined pace and center T'Challa as someone who relishes being a hero and king -- perhaps a bit too much. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Daniel Boyd Nov 26, 2021

    Overall, this is a solid first issue. Frankly it is worth picking up for Alex Ross' stunning front cover alone, but you will also find a compelling plot setup on the inside along with the enduring, charming characters that we all know and love from the Marvel universe. I am looking forward to seeing where this run goes and will definitely be picking up future issues when they drop. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Dec 1, 2021

    I can already see that Ridley's run on this book is going to involve a lot of consequences to the things T'Challa has done to protect his country. There is a lot of emotion in these pages, and it especially comes through in Juann Cabal's art. T'Challa might be testing the trust of his allies, friends, and even his country. He might even lose it as his old ways clash with the changing times. Black Panther #1 is teasing a lot, and I hope the rest of the series delivers as well as this issue does. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Nov 23, 2021

    John Ridley and Juann Cabal are off to strong start in Black Panther #1, with a well-paced and intriguing opening chapter full of political intrigue and espionage. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Nov 24, 2021

    Black Panther #1 focuses on T'challa's evolving roles as Emperor and King. The authoritative choices he makes may be a bridge too far for some readers but it is, at least, an evolution of the character. The comic sets up an interesting story with plenty of action and drama, but there is a major plot hole that may be difficult to ignore. In all, there's plenty of good and a little bad in this first issue with a different take on the character that may be more divisive than anticipated. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Nov 25, 2021

    Black Panther #1 is a good set-up issue that creates a solid foundation for the rest of the series moving forward. The focus on using continuity established by previous creative team runs added a lot of intrigue into what John Ridley and Juann Cabal are looking to build with the decisions T'Challa makes throughout this issue. It certainly got me invested enough to go on whatever journey this new Black Panther series will go on in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 29, 2021

    Ridley and Cabal successfully pull off a "you don't know the WHOLE story" moment successfully, but transition into a "hero leaves his responsibilities behind to clean up a mess he didn't know he made" isn't as successful. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Nov 29, 2021

    A whole lot of strong themes fail to land an emotional punch in "Black Panther" #1 Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - C.V.R. The Bard Nov 23, 2021

    Years removed from the most recent "American Way" saga, the opening pages show that Ridley still hasn't lost his chops to tell compelling superteam stories, even after so many successful solo he's recently been known to pen. Read Full Review

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