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Preview: Marvel Comics Presents #3

Marvel Comics Presents #3

(W) Charles Soule, Andrew Aydin, More (A) Paulo Siqueira, Daniel Acuna, More (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“THE VIGIL” featuring Wolverine continues with part 3 in this ongoing series! Three tales with echoes of the decade that began the Heroic Age-the swingin’ 1960s! First up, Wolverine continues his vigil, bringing him to the worst places on Earth. Then, the co-writer of the award-winning March trilogy, Andrew Aydin, pens a tale of Captain America during the Civil Rights movement. Finally, an all-new story of Marvel’s most famous son of the ’60s — Spider-Man! Brought to you by Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart (Hamilton, Aladdin on Broadway) and Ray-Anthony Height (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur)!

Marvel Comics Presents #3

Preview: Black Panther #9

Black Panther #9

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Kev Walker (CA) Daniel Acuna
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA: THE GATHERING OF MY NAME” Part 3

The Panther faces a creature of nightmares! In the fight against N’Jadaka and his empire, the Maroons embark on a journey through myth. But the loss of their leader N’Yami continues to haunt them. And the true monster lies in wait.

Black Panther #9

Review: Doctor Strange #10

It’s Doctor Strange’s 400th issue! Someone has been manipulating magic and here we find out who and why and it’s really interesting.

Doctor Strange #10 features multiple stories from throughout Strange’s history by Mark Waid, Jesus Saiz, Kevin Nowlan, Jim Campbell, Butch Guice, Carlos Lopez, Tom Palmer, Daniel Acuna, and Cory Petit.

Get your copy in comic shops January 30! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Black Panther Vol. 6 The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda Part One

Marvel really shakes things up with this latest volume of Black Panther taking us to space and the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda.

Black Panther Vol. 6 The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda Part One collects issues #1-6 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuña, Jen Bartel, Paul Reinwand, and Tríona Farrell.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores February 5! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Black Panther #7

Black Panther #7

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Kev Walker (CA) Daniel Acuna, Paolo Rivera
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA STARTS HERE!
“THE GATHERING OF MY NAME”
The Maroons strike back! You watched them steal the M’Kraan Shard from the empire. Now, at last, the rebels are ready to show the empire who they really are. “He Who Put the Blade Where It Belonged” retakes his rightful title-and the Black Panther is reborn!

Preview: Black Panther #5

Black Panther #5

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (CA) Paolo Rivera (A/CA) Daniel Acuna
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

T’Challa and the rebels finally have the tools they need to recover the memories the Empire stripped from them – but not everyone thinks the past is worth saving. Especially in the face of the Empire’s swift and merciless vengeance. But for T’Challa, there is only one path forward. And it may mean rebellion against his own.

Exclusive Preview: Black Panther #4

Black Panther #4

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Daniel Acuna (CA) Paolo Rivera
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA” CONTINUES!
Rebellion among the rebels! When M’Baku rises to lead the Nameless, he’ll advocate for a new strategy in their war against the Empire – one that goes against everything T’Challa believes. But M’Baku’s plan could save lives. And without his mantle, what power does T’Challa have to fight for what he knows is right?

Preview: Black Panther #3

Black Panther #3

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Daniel Acuna (CA) In-Hyuk Lee
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 22, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA CONTINUES!
The rebels make their move! On the verge of liberating the Nameless, T’Challa, M’Baku and Nakia hunt for mysterious artifact that promises to turn the tide. What is the M’Kraan Shard? And will T’Challa find its acquisition worth the cost?

Review: Black Panther #1

In Black Panther #1, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and new series artist Daniel Acuña leave the political intrigue and labyrinthine plotting of Wakanda for the the space operatic world of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda. The basic backstory is that a small space colony of Wakanda grew into a powerful empire complete with a caste system, mindwiped slaves called Nameless, and a resistance movement called the Maroons featuring freed Nameless, who take the names of Wakandan heroes from the past, like Nakia, M’Baku, and even T’challa. However, Coates doesn’t bog down this first issue in exposition and turns in one of his least talk-y issues of Black Panther and leans on Acuna’s skill with gestures, body language, and choreography to do the work. The final result is a book that feels like a “Fresh Start” and is primal and pulpy like Star Wars or Conan the Barbarian.

Daniel Acuña is truly a gifted artist, who has a refined, almost Euro Comic approach to architecture, setting, and color palette and also crafts acrobatic set pieces that pop off the page using classic cartooning techniques. Acuña’s art is beautiful, but not stiff. When T’challa is in battle, he uses a blend of horizontal and diagonal panels to show his quick reflexes and finds the most interesting part of each blow he lands thanks to a fantastic use of motion lines. The first eight pages are all action and set the pace for the rest of Black Panther #1, which is an archetypical story of a man with no name and a faint memory of the woman he loves trying to get home at all costs possible. The increasingly blurry flashbacks to Storm connects the narrative to the previous volume of Black Panther and add an extra layer of emotion and mystery that doesn’t seem to be resolved any time soon.

There is a little bit of realpolitik and some worldbuilding in Black Panther #1, but Ta-Nehisi Coates’ plotting is more Star Wars original trilogy than the prequels in tone with fights, escapes, connection to past legacies, and a crack group of resistance fighters battling an autocratic, overextended, and definitely evil empire. Although he is a badass and almost leads a one man slave revolt (Almost being the key word.), Coates and Acuña probe T’challa’s vulnerabilities throughout the book, and sometimes, it seems that anger is all that he has left as he fights one of his fellow prisoners while Acuña turns on the reds. These skills, rage, and faint memories of home are able to be channeled and weaponized by the Maroons, who through their costumes and ideology of freedom, act more like real Wakanda than the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda. Even though there aren’t many of them, the Maroons enter in a blaze of glory and raise the mood of Black Panther #1 as T’challa finally has some backup. (And his name back.)

Whereas his first two years of writing Black Panther focused on T’challa as monarch, Ta-Nehisi Coates uses the new space operatic setting of Black Panther #1 to narrow in on T’challa as hero and legend. Daniel Acuña’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.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Daniel Acuña Letters: Joe Sabino
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Black Panther #1

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. We first saw a glimpse of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda in Marvel Legacy #1 and now that teasing is playing out with this new first issue that takes us in an interesting direction.

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has delivered an interesting Black Panther run that has seen the writer get stronger in his abilities the longer its gone one. Throughout, he’s delivered stories that have explored government, religion, and more and here he seems to be taking many of the themes he’s touched upon and have gone bigger.

The negative so far is the first issue feels like Thor: Ragnarok/World War Hulk in that we see enslaved people and the makings of a rebellion. It’s pretty standard in that way. But, the concept of a nation that has generally been isolationist dealing with expansion and conquering is an interesting concept and one that opens up a lot of potential for the series and characters.

What exactly is going on is not explained though. We’re dumped right into the story, which, while not bad, also leaves you wondering at the end of the issue and a bit confused about what has been read. Yes, the comics are a monthly thing but there’s a point there can be too much of a mystery. This first issue borders on that.

The art by Daniel Acuña is as fantastic as I’d expect. The futuristic alien designs are just a treat to look at and while there’s a familiarity with the cosmic it also doesn’t just retread what we’ve seen before at Marvel. There’s a lot of originality here and more than enough to keep long time Marvel fans happy.

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.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Daniel Acuña Lettering: VC’s Joe Sabino
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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