Black Panther & the Crew #1

Black Panther & the Crew #1

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Butch Guice Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 12, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 14
8.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

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Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold band together to take on a dangerous wave of street-level threats in this new ongoing series by co-writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York Times best-selling author of Between the World and Me and Marvel's Black Panther) and Yona Harvey (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and legendary artist Butch Guice!
The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe's past and set the stage for a big story in the Marvel Universe's near future.
Fear, hate and violence loom, but don't worry, The Crew's got this: "We are the stree more

  • 10
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Apr 12, 2017

    Black Panther and the Crew #1 is a great model for a team comic first issue. There is more than adequate context, character work, and storytelling. This series is already a gem for the Marvel line, and Im grateful that we have another comic that can address real issues in an organic manner without pulling punches. This comic proves that you can be political in comics in a way that does not betray reality or marginalized peoples experiences. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Apr 13, 2017

    I've been fanboying for this new iteration of The Crew, and it came through with the quarterback sneak hitting us with references of Little Mogadishu from the original series, as well as the Americops prior to the ones Sam Wilson encounters. Harvey and Coates did their homework and not only did their own world building with new characters, but seamlessly incorporated unique happenings taking place in other series as well. We're in for a compelling story with this one. We got a winner over here, guys. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Brandon Davis Apr 12, 2017

    BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #1 hits the ground running, with action, strong characters, and an exploration into the conflicts and issues that plague some communities today. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 12, 2017

    A great first issue as it gets you deeply interested in the mystery of a man who died in a police prison cell. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 22, 2017

    In short, Black Panther And The Crew #1 hits a lot of strong notes, the art is well-crafted, and it's compelling enough to get past the fact that the title character doesn't appear, nor do most of the heroes mentioned on the opening "What Has Come Before" page. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Apr 14, 2017

    Final Verdict: 8.1 " The book never quite lives up to its enormous ambitions, but I'm definitely going to be picking up issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Apr 12, 2017

    Other than Ta-Nehisi Coates' characterization of Misty Knight,Black Panther and the Crew#1 is a knock-out combination of a generation-spanning murder mystery, ripped from the headlines thoughts about police brutality and capitalist systems, and eventually superhero team-up action. It's worth thumbing or clicking through again just for Butch Guice and Scott Hanna's gift with faces and action choreography alone. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Columbus Comics Corner Apr 17, 2017

    If you're expecting things to kick into gear right away based on the awesome cover. You won't get that, instead, Ta-Nehisi Coates takes the time to flesh out the main character who will carry this title for the time being. Although the art style is somewhat off it doesn't take away from the engaging story being told. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) Apr 16, 2017

    So, yeah - count me as being borderline-impressed by Black Panther & The Crew #1. Low expectations may have played a part in that, but even going in "blind," so to speak, I probably would have walked away wanting to know what would happen next. With the writing duties being farmed out (at least partially) next month, we'll see if things suffer at all, but I feel reasonably confident that the groundwork has been laid for a nice little series here that we can probably look forward to at least 12 (or thereabouts) issues from. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 13, 2017

    This first issue reads more like a grounded cop drama starring Misty Knight. Most of the characters on the cover don't even put in an appearance. But despite the weird branding and the sometimes agonizingly slow pace, this first issue does succeed in exploring a different side of the Marvel U. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 12, 2017

    I like Black Panther and the Crew #1. I wish I loved it, but sometimes just liking something is enough. We know what kind of talent Ta-Nehisi Coates is, and while his books may take a while to get well and truly going, that talent is still on display, one way or another. Pair that point of view with an art team who gets this kind of superhero story visually and you have a book that people can like, and perhaps even love eventually. Fingers crossed that Black Panther and the Crew is one of those books. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Apr 14, 2017

    So it's more of a slower debut, Black Panther and the Crew isn't just about the characters in the title, but also the world they work in. Harlem's a big place, so it's going to take a while to sketch it all out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Apr 13, 2017

    Black Panther & The Crew is an interesting look at Misty Knight and the Marvel Universe's take on Harlem that doesn't stand out in a crowded market. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Synthozoid Apr 17, 2017

    One helluva TV script, one terrible comic book script.

  • 8.0
    Jack's Yattering Apr 12, 2017

    Ta-Nehisi Coates is a big part of why the current BLACK PANTHER series is shaping up to be my favorite solo run of the title character, ever. His writing is smart and dense (occasionally, overly so) and a pleasure to read. His Black Panther feels like a superhero living in the real world (and it's been a long time since Marvel has felt like "the world outside your window"). His stories are a terrific combination of politics, mythology and good, old-fashioned, superheroics. That same storytelling is present in BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #1. The first issue is a slow-burn detective tale that is already shaping up to be as complex and multi-layered as BLACK PANTHER is. The weakest part of this issue is Butch Guice's art. While good it is not nearly up to its usual standards of excellence. SCORE: 7.9

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Apr 28, 2017

    It's threading the needle with current issues, which is ballsy. I like that the story is taking its time to build rather than the standard 'throw a team together to stop a giant threat' technique that is overused in comics.

  • 4.0
    dmdspotlight123 May 31, 2017

    I went to the comicbook store and I was very excited to this book. Very excited to see a black team working together. When I got to the store I didn't even buy it. Now to be fair it is a really good MISTY KNIGHT BOOK. It really is a good book for misty knight fans. BUT ITS SUCKS FOR A TEAM BOOK. WHEN YOU HAVE A TITLE CHARTER THAT IS NOT EVEN IN THE FIRST ISSUE THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM. Black panther is your selling point, this team working together is your selling point, when you have a lesser know character (a good character) being focused on and not the main title character there is a big problem. Final thoughts: If you are a misty knight fan buy the book. If you are a black panther fan (ironically) I can't recommend this book too you

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  • 2.0
    CM Jun 22, 2017

    Solid art but this is racist, anti-white propaganda. Fuck this series and fuck Ta-Nehisi Coates.

  • 10
    CesarCastanha May 26, 2017

  • 8.5
    Pantheon36 Apr 14, 2017

  • 8.5
    StanielK Apr 30, 2017

  • 8.0
    Wolf Warner Apr 12, 2017

  • 8.0
    nickytesla96 Apr 13, 2017

  • 8.0
    Billyndo Apr 13, 2017

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Apr 15, 2017

  • 8.0
    FT Metler Apr 17, 2017

  • 6.5
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Apr 14, 2017

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