Rise of the Black Panther #1
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Rise of the Black Panther #1

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Narcisse, Evan Artist: Paul Renaud Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 3, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 13
8.1Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Just in time for the highly anticipated film, witness the early years of the man who will come to rule one of the most scientifically advanced countries in the world! Wakanda has always kept itself isolated from Western society, but that's all about to change. Young T'Challa knows he is destined to become king, but when his father is brutally murdered by outsiders, he'll find himself taking up a mantle he may not be ready for. Experience never-before-seen drama from the reign of T'Chaka, the king whose death changes a nation's history forever. Learn about the mother T'Challa never knew. See how th more

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 3, 2018

    Read this book ladies and gentlemen; if you're not already a fan of the Black Panther, you will be after reading this. Rise of the Black Panther #1 offers readers an intimate look at Wakanda and its people, and more importantly, what it means to be the Black Panther. Can't recommend this one enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Robert Reed Jan 5, 2018

    Never once settling into cruise control, Rise of the Black Panther #1 does more than simply recount the history of T'Challa's family. Introducing N'Yami as a three-dimensional character, this comic more than earns its place in the Black Panther mythos. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Jan 4, 2018

    Rise of the Black Panther is the perfect origin for newcomers and a great start to retelling the legacy of Wakanda. If Narcisse and Coates continue with the same quality of work they put in this first issue, this book might be the go-to read anyone who wants an introduction to the Black Panther. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Jan 8, 2018

    If this first installment is any indication, Rise of the Black Panther will be a revelatory and beautiful mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Aaron Jones Jun 11, 2018

    The Black Panther has come to a great physical and mental challenge in this issue. Wakanda's exposure to the world has made both T'Challa and all of Wakanda vulnerable internally and externally. But T'Challa is ready to face this issue and much more as he proves himself a competent and compassionate leader. This series has revealed the inner turmoil, success, and continual unfinished business in a great addition to the early Black Panther mythos. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Jan 5, 2018

    The definitive telling of the rise of the Black Panther. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Blair Marnell Jan 4, 2018

    This is a visually stunning issue with confident sequential choices that make it easy to revisit for future readings as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DisKingdom.com - Roger Palmer Jan 8, 2018

    For comic book fans who want to get a history lesson into the Black Panther, this is a good starting point and a great way of getting up to speed before the movie hits the screen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 4, 2018

    Regardless of where your Black Panther knowledge sits, it will be vastly improved by the end of this series - and just in time for the film. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Jan 5, 2018

    The book itself has a clear mission objective, to inform newcomers about Wakanda and origin of the Black Panther, and it more than succeeds in its goal. It's an ideal entry point for new readers, andis a great way to get up to speed on T'Challa's story before the new movie hitting next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Jan 3, 2018

    Rise of the Black Panther #1 is a whole lot more fun than your average history lesson. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jan 3, 2018

    As a one-shot history of Wakanda, this comic would be functional. As the setup for an actual story, it provides cautious optimism. Narcisse's grasp of the key themes and elements of this saga are clear, but he has yet to start a real story. Renaud offers us glimpses of what makes this land and its monarchy so enthralling, but the characters themselves have yet to enthrall. It is good prologue, but the real challenge lies in the issues to follow. For now we have an excellent starting point for anyone preparing to read the comics or watch the film, and that's not a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 8, 2018

    Though reader's mileage may vary going into this debut Rise of the Black Panther #1 aims to add historical context to T'Challa's story in the lead up to his big-screen solo debut. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jan 4, 2018

    Rise of the Black Panther is a very underwhelming comic. Its dull, slow, and has you waiting for the end in a way no comic ever should. Give this one a pass. At least the Marvel Wiki is free to access. Read Full Review

  • 10
    freemanlouis7 Sep 6, 2018

    One of Coates better issues this far, pacing and dialogue was engaging.

  • 10
    Odin06 Feb 12, 2018

    Excellent story and art. It is very rare nowadays to see something with this quality level from Marvel. My most sincere congratulations to the writers and artists involved.

  • 9.5
    RaisingBlack Jan 5, 2018

    I was really shocked at how much I loved reading this book. I thought this book would basically be a rehash for those wanting to read about Black Panther before the movie comes out, but this comic is fast and vivid with some of the best art. The book is gorgeous. Paul Renaud did an incredible job on every part of this book. Coates has really proven himself as a standout writer for Black Panther. I as someone who has read Black Panther going back years really enjoyed this story and it would be my first recommendation for anyone who wants to read a Black Panther comic for the first time in 2018. I think there is a lot of potential with having more Black Panther themed mini stories and perhaps give a second shot to the Midnight Angels and othe more

  • 9.5
    SloboSOY Jan 5, 2018

    I didn't plan to take it. But I was curious. And that was a very pleasant reading.
    I liked the narrative point of view. I liked almost every part of what I read.
    I'm surprised to see the Baron Von Stucker that early on the story. And I'm not fund of the change for claw origin story. If that was to be more close to the movie that didn't even work.
    But I'm ready to forgive them and try to following it.

    Cover - A really beautiful one, and well in realation with what I read. 2/2
    Writing - I liked it a lot, and I was not sure to like it at all before taking it. 2.5/3
    Arts - Wonderfull I was like I inside with them 3/3
    Feelings - A good surprise. I will take the following. 2/2

  • 9.0
    CrazyforRAMU Jul 11, 2018

    Evan Narcisse explores T'Chaka's story and the beginning of T'Challa's through the prism of T'Chaka's two wives. It's a deep and thoughtful look at an under-represented slice of Wakandan history, and it becomes tremendously gripping once the ideas sink their hooks in you. Paul Renaud's art and Stēphane Paitreau's colors make it visually rewarding in every panel. Their style is a painterly, deliberate refinement of John Romita Jr's art from the start of Hudlin's Black Panther. Evan Narcisse's script only has two real faults: It's so packed to the gills with interesting ideas that it sometimes feels breathless and rushed, and the emotional interactions (particularly between T'Chaka and N'Yami) betray a little of the novice writer's stiffness more

  • 9.0
    Pantheon36 Jan 4, 2018

    This one was a really pleasant surprise. Not a rehash, or reboot, Coates and Narcisse deftly synthesize much of BP's established continuity, while adding new points that only enhance that mythos. The choice of narrator is really what makes this issue a story with heart rather than an exposition dump. What's more I'm waiting excitedly to see what happens next.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo May 21, 2019

    I didn't know this history to T'Challa's mother, it's interesting. The number of captions make this a slower read than most, but the last few pages feel rushed. It might have been better to let some of that part unfold in the next issue.

  • 10
    CesarCastanha Jan 3, 2018

  • 10
    shatterstar Jan 3, 2018

  • 9.0
    claudiowest Apr 4, 2018

  • 8.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Jul 21, 2019

  • 8.0
    iPodwithnomusic Jul 6, 2018

  • 7.0
    Jason The Dude Feb 4, 2018

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