Black Panther #1

Writer: Eve L. Ewing Artist: Chris Allen Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 14, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 15
7.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Banished from the throne and a fugitive in his own homelands, T'Challa still can't leave Wakanda without its sworn protector. A king without a crown, he finds new purpose lurking the streets and shadows of the Wakandan city that bears his father's name, BIRNIN T'CHAKA. New direction, new villains, new creative tea - get in on the ground floor of Marvel's next smash hit!
Rated T+

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Jason Payne Jun 14, 2023

    Black Panther #1 is a very strong foundation for what could potentially be the best solo run since Christopher Priest. This is the first time in nearly two decades that the main title has a writer with experience, a love for comics, and a love for the character. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Charlie Ridgely Jun 14, 2023

    The result, at least in this week's debut issue, is a fantastic exploration of a character readers have known for years, making him seem both brand new and entirely familiar. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jun 20, 2023

    Years in the making, the latest volume of Black Panther puts the former monarch of Wakanda into a new exciting place as the character must adapt to a world that has moved beyond him in many ways. A visually stunning debut that breathes even more unique life into this section of Marvel and promises great things to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 14, 2023

    Black Panther #1 is an intriguing start that sets the character off in a new direction. Add in amazing art and you have a debut that can't be missed and worthy of a (former) king. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 14, 2023

    Allen delivers some great art in the issue. I love the look of the city and how it beautifully mixes the Wakandan aesthetics into a city that feels apart from the rest of the country. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 17, 2023

    The foundations are laid for this relaunch in a strong, well-written and well-drawn first issue. Everything is put in place where it needs to be, and there's enough to the characters and the events to hook a new reader, like me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicsOnline - Joe Schickman Jun 15, 2023

    This comic was a joy to read, and I cannot wait for the next issue so I can see how Wakandas new democracy grows, where its displaced king will find himself, and what challenges both will face separately and together as danger looms around every corner. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Jun 14, 2023

    Black Panther #1 is an engaging look at a Wakanda (and TChalla) at a crossroads that scales back the epic science fiction nature of the book to a more street-level approach. Echoing some previous points in Black Panthers history, this decision makes for an excellent place to explore the people and structures of Wakanda beyond the royal family. Ewings excellent scripting pairs with Allen and Yeung pencils and inks to bring this version of Wakanda to life, and Aburtovs colors add a new texture that reinforces the tone the book is swinging for. Fans of Black Panther wanting to see the continuation of the character or those looking for a jumping-on point will want to check out this debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Jun 14, 2023

    Black Panther #1 kicks off the new series by turning Black Panthers world upside-down. Lost, fighting crime in the shadows and questioning his existence, it gives us a fascinating look at a Black Panther weve never seen before. We get some great action throughout the issue too, and I look forward to seeing where the book goes from this strong first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jun 16, 2023

    Black Panther #1 introduces intriguing new ideas but stumbles when delivering the necessary exposition. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 14, 2023

    While a new volume to the franchise Black Panther #1 very much acts as an extension of the previous run by John Ridley. This approach by Eve Ewing comes with both positives and negatives. Luckily, it's the positives that largely outweigh the negatives as Black Panther #1 concludes. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Jun 14, 2023

    This title promises big, thoughtful development it might not be totally invested in. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Jun 19, 2023

    A thought provoking but overwritten issue that could stand to show at least as much as it tells. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jun 14, 2023

    Theres lots of interesting worldbuilding here,, such as the introduction of a previously unseen urban metropolis in Wakanda where TChalla has been doing much of his crime fighting, that almost gives this issue a Batman-esque feel; low-level criminals on the streets of Birnin TChaka speculate and fear the specter of the Black Panther wherever they go. This run seems to be telling a Black Panther story of political intrigue through the lens of neo noir, which is a solid take to go with. Chris Allens art is appropriately dark and brooding when it needs to be, and the way he draws a looming Black Panther only feeds the Batman comparison in a way that makes for a compelling hook. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Jun 14, 2023

    Black Panther #1 starts a new chapter in T'Challa's legend with an issue that builds an amazing amount of texture and detail into the less-frequented corners of Wakanda. However, this issue is almost all exposition and setup with very little action or Black Panther to show for it, resulting in a detailed but ultimately dull comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Screaming Enigma Jun 23, 2023

    Following the ending of the last series from John Ridley, I wasn't sure what to think going into this issue. After learning more, the concept intrigued me, Allen's art looked super cool, and I like T'Challa's new design. Now that I've finally read it, I can say that I like what Ewing and Allen are putting together and I'm very interested to see where things go from here. I like that this seems to be making T'Challa more of a street-level hero, despite being on the current Avengers roster. The letter at the end from Ewing said that she wanted to explore more of Wakanda outside of the capital, and I think that's a great idea. This was something that was seen a little bit in Ridley's run, and I'm really glad it's being dived into more here. Pl more

  • 8.0
    derbycomics Jun 16, 2023

    Self-discovery is the name of the game in Black Panther #1 on shelves today from the creative team of Eve L. Ewing writing, Chris Allen penciling, and Jesus Aburtov on colors. It’s a powerful and moving introduction to a series that seeks to explore the legacy of T'Challa, the meaning of the Black Panther title, and the future of Wakanda.

    Picking up after the events of the previous Black Panther run, the issue starts with T’Challa in exile from Wakanda by order of the new Prime Minister after the country shifted from a monarchy to parliamentary democracy to avoid a civil war. After spending time away, including rehabilitating his relationship with the Avengers, and failing to feel part of any other society he was amongst, T more

  • 6.5
    BillyBat Jun 14, 2023

    It was decent and not agressively insulting to the fans of T'challa. And maybe it's the best we can get for a Black Panther book this day.

  • 5.5
    ComicWorm Jun 14, 2023

    The story is bland and boring. The artwork also does not look good. Overall, not that much is interesting. I hope the story gets better in the next issue. 

  • 10
    Bruno Mael Jun 16, 2023

  • 10
    Pardo Jun 16, 2023

  • 9.0
    Pantheon36 Sep 8, 2023

  • 8.5
    Texas VII Jun 17, 2023

  • 8.0

  • 8.0
    wesshamu Jun 25, 2023

  • 8.0
    rogerje Jun 17, 2023

  • 8.0
    Goblin22 Jun 14, 2023

  • 6.5
    Miss Mittens Jun 14, 2023

  • 6.0
    Watchtower022 Jun 16, 2023

  • 4.0
    hillsun Jun 15, 2023

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