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Marvel Offers a Free Digital Black Panther Bundle

Long Live the King! This February, Marvel is celebrating Wakanda Forever and the reign of King T’Challa by offering a FREE digital bundle of the following five Black Panther comics for a limited time. Relive some of the most iconic and thrilling Black Panther stories from Marvel’s most acclaimed creators, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nnedi Okorafor, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Reginald Hudlin, John Romita Jr., and more!

SHURI #1 (2018)
BLACK PANTHER #1 (2018)
MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #1 (2017)
BLACK PANTHER #1 (2005)
BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1 (2016)

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Review: Black Panther: Shuri – The Deadliest of the Species

The movie, Black Panther, has been more than bright spot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has proven itself to be a little more than a watershed moment. As fans worldwide took to the streets in masses, and watched this movie, even if they weren’t comic book fans. The one thing that made the movie great, is what makes Orange Is The New Black, required viewing, as it focused on the people that comprise the place and not on one single character. This is what made the movie stand taller than any other heroes solo movie debut, as it gave the main character, the gravitas and humanity to make the viewer appreciate the journey T’Challa was on.

This became even more prevalent as we found out who these people that surround him are and why they are connected to him, as they also make him who he is.  One of those people, is fan favorite, Shuri, the one person who makes T’Challa better and who is said to be smarter than Tony Starks, a distinguish which makes her even more iconic. The importance of the character can be seen in the thousands of little girls who dress up like her, but only comic fans knows she takes up the mantle. In The Deadliest Of The Species, we follow Shuri as she occupies the role of ruler and battle an outside invader.

T’Challa attends a mysterious meeting in which Namor has joined forces with Loki and Doom, to form a confederation of individuals whose interests align with each other, as soon as T’Challa finds out what is going on, him and Doom battle, one which leaves the Black Panther badly injured and with a loss of one of his Dora Milaje. T’Challa returns to Wakanda in a comatose state, leaving the country without a Black Panther, leading to Ramonda and Storm to nominate Shuri to temporarily inhabit the sovereign seat, one in which she must undergoes the same tests every other Black Panther must face. In the meantime, Storm desperate for T’Challa to return to her, enters the celestial plane, known as D’Jalia, in search of him, while facing demons along the way. On the horizon, Morlun has awaken from the other end of the continent, planning his attack on Wakanda, one that Shuri’s training is about to pay off. By book’s end, Shuri outsmarts Morlun , defeating him with her wit and brawn, and Storm is able to able to bring back T’Challa from the D’Jalia.

Overall, a story which finds one of the canon’s favorite characters in the forefront, and at her best and a story which the new movie borrows form heavily. The story by Reginald Hudlin is dramatic, well developed and shows why he is one of the more renowned authors in the Black Panther canon. The art by creative team is vivid and prominent. Altogether, an excellent book which showcases this influential character and why she is important to canon.

Story: Reginald Hudlin Art: Ken Lashley, Paul Neary and Paul Mounts
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Book Review: Marvel’s Black Panther: A Comic Biography

Marvel’s Black Panther is one of those movies that has changed how the world has viewed superheroes of color. Never has such fanfare for a character has been expressed by legions of fans expecting a glimmer of hope, but what they got instead was a ray of sun. For longtime fans, we knew of the character’s importance and what it means, especially for comic book fans of color. What most of the media has failed to realize is just how this has been years in the making and not a one-time phenomenon, which is why Todd Steven Burroughs’ outstanding investigation of the character in Marvel’s Black Panther: A Comic Biography, seeks to give the character and his fans their just due.

In the Foreword, Makani Themba recounts how they first met the character between the pages of Fantastic Four in the summer of 1966 and how it impacted their upbringing. The book follows a chronological biography of the character, one that would fail under any other author, but unfolds like riveting epic within the words of Burroughs. In “From Patrice Lumumba to Sidney Poitier” he unpacks how the character was conceived and used in its early years. In “The Jungle Book”, we found out how Don MacGregor first started to shape the character’s narrative, veering away from the racist images and stereotypes and towards a technologically superior vision of Africa.

In “The Finished Man,”MacGregor was able to retcon much of the narrative that Kirby had laid initially and tell a story that was relevant to the time involving apartheid South Africa. In “Return of The Kings,” Burroughs digs into the problems that Kirby’s depiction of the character brought and how a good portion of it was the way Marvel treated Kirby before he left the company and after he returned. “The Client Was A Man of Remarkable Focus,” the amazing run of Christopher Priest on the character showed a different side of the character, something another website called “The an who Made Black Panther Cool,” which is an accurate description of his time on the titular character’s book. In “The Spy King.”  Where Priest revealed the real reason T’Challa joined the Avengers, one that would shake the superhero team to its core.

In “Hudlin’s Un-Compromised Royal (Black) Super-Man,” Burroughs examines Reginald Hudlin’s run on the character, often espousing the anti-colonialism stance many fans often wished the character would show, and he did this instantly with the character’s dominance over Captain America. In “Side-Swipes,” he explores the replacements to the throne and the mantle, Kevin “Kasper” Cole, a NYC cop, who was half Jewish and half African and T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, whose dealings with Dr. Doom brought many troubles to the sitting sovereign. In “The Black(Man) Without Fear,” T’Challa’s run as the protector of Hell’s Kitchen, a rather satisfying story, but one that would disempower the character, a step back in many ways for the character. In “Between the World and Him,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’s significant run on the character is explored, where he takes into consideration the significance and impact on the canon by the only two black writers prior to his run.

In “The Conclusion,” Burroughs digs into the character’s first big screen appearance in Captain America: Civil War, where he promotes both the fierce independence of the character and the proud Wakandan resistance to colonialism.” In the “Afterword,” Greg Carr, the chair for Africana Studies at Howard University, discusses the reality of the character’s impact, it being purely aspirational for members of the African Diaspora. Overall, the book serves two purposes, to educate and entertain, giving this character its proper place in history and popular culture.

Story: Todd Steven Burroughs
Prose: 10 Research: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Watch All Six Episodes of BET’s Black Panther Animated Series

BET has released all six episodes of their animated Black Panther series.

Part of Marvel Knights Animation the series launched on the Australian children’s channel ABC3 in January 2010 and on BET in the United States in November 2011. Each of the six episodes was 20 minutes in length.

Developd by Reginald Hudlin and directed by Mark Brooks and Jon Schnepp, the series featured Djimon Hounsou as Black Panther/T’Challa, Stan Lee as General Wallace, Kerry Washington as Princess Shuri, Alfre Woodard as Dondi Reese, Queen Mother, Carl Lumbly as Uncle S’Yan, Jill Scott as Storm, and Stephen Stanton as Klaw.

Additional voices included Jonathan Adams as T’Chaka, JB Blanc as Black Knight, Male Cannibal, and Batroc the Leaper, David Busch as Everett K. Ross, Phil LaMarr as T’Shan, Peter Lurie as Juggernaut, Phil Morris as W’Kabim, Vanessa Marshall as Female Cannibal, Nolan North as Cyclops and Nightcrawler, Adrian Pasdar as Captain America, Kevin Michael Richardson as Wolverine and Historical Black Panther 1, and Rick D. Wasserman as Radioactive Man.

Review: Black Panther Annual #1

This has certainly been a great month to be a Black Panther fan, hasn’t it? Between the Black Panther comics going strong and most importantly, the recently released film from Marvel Studios which has garnered well deserved critical praise and killer box office numbers. And the Black Panther train ain’t stopping anytime soon because for starters, Marvel has this annual issue of Black Panther which celebrates the past but look forward to the future with the help of past writers of the character such as the likes of Christopher Priest, Don McGregor and Reginald Hudlin.

The first story, “Back in Black,” is by Christopher Priest with art by Mike Perkins. However the story mostly concentrates on Everett K. Ross. Which I can only sum up as that it’d suck to be Ross because the guy despite moving on from superheroes, he gets sucked back in whatever business that involves T’Challa but gets more than he bargained for. The book concentrates on characters created by Priest for this story and as such, it can be seen as an extension of Priest’s own going he did for Marvel Knights around the late 90’s.

The story has a noir feel to it with great effect-helped the efforts of the artwork by Mike Perkins, who gave it a lot of shadows (and plenty of shading) and panels in trippy angles to give the idea of disorientation and the colors by Andy Troy do give it additional flair.  The story definitely comes off as Priest wanting to step back into the world of Black Panther one more time after being away for so long. And it’s a good story. Like I said, it’s a very noir kind of story and fits in with the world of Black Panther.

Now in comes Don McGregor‘s tale, “Panther’s Heart.” Which can also be seen as an extension of his run from many years back in the 70’s when it was still called Jungle Action. It’s probably the most emotional of the three stories once you read on and also benefits from people familiar with McGregor’s issues because it does feature a notable character from his run. Who is it? Well, I can’t say given the character is a surprise for new readers or old readers who haven’t read his run for so long.

I will say it is an emotional story with the art by Daniel Acuna helping much. He nailed the emotional expressions on every character’s face and the writing by McGregor is not very over the top and definitely paced himself regarding what T’Challa is feeling throughout the book. It’s a solid story and probably the best among this Annual issue.

And finally, we have Reginald Hudlin‘s Back to the Future Part II and no, Doc Brown is not in this nor does it involve T’Challa time traveling and leaving a Sports Almanac in the hands of a maniac. Though the thought of Black Panther punching Biff Tannen is a nice thought.

No, instead, it’s a continuation of a particular story penned by Hudlin called, well, “Back to the Future.” In this story, we have an alternate timeline where T’Challa and Ororo Monroe a.k.a. Storm had not been divorced. And instead, because of their marriage, Wakanda grew stronger and became a powerful nation. So much had happened that it offers a variety of things that would be enough to tell an interesting set of comics in their own right like Spider-Gwen has.

We have an older T’Challa telling one of his grand children Grace about everything that had happened since his marriage to Storm. Dude took on Doctor Doom and Magneto and won. It’s all a fascinating look at a future that could have been and honestly, I’d love to see stories evolve from this simple story especially given the last page that had me wondering, “Wait, what the hell happened with that and how?”

The art by Ken Lashley is very good as are the colors by Matt Milla that drive the art home, it all looks good and compliments the writing well enough.

It’s a solid annual issue that celebrates past runs of the title character and if you’re looking for a Black Panther fix after seeing the movie, you won’t be disappointed-especially if you liked either writer’s take on the character.

 

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Preview: Black Panther Annual #1

Black Panther Annual #1

(W) Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin, Don McGregor (A) Ken Lashley, Mike Perkins (A/CA) Daniel Acuna
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $4.99

LEGENDARY PANTHER WRITERS RETURN!
Three legendary BLACK PANTHER writers return to Wakanda! Don McGregor’s famous storyline “The Panther’s Rage” has become one of the most well-respected runs in comic book history. Now, the author who redefined Wakanda for a generation is back to expand the mythos! Bearing the heart-shaped herb that defines the Panther legacy, King T’Challa leaves his beloved country for a heart-wrenching mission in the streets of New York. Then: For half a decade, comics legend Christopher Priest made his mark on the Panther. The acclaimed writer returns with an all-new story – and with it, of course, U.S. State Department employee Everett K. Ross! And finally, no Panther history would be complete without Reggie Hudlin, author of more than 50 Black Panther stories, including the famed “Who Is The Black Panther?” Don’t miss the sequel to his “Black to the Future” story, featuring original artist Ken Lashley!

Review: Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin The Complete Collection Vol. 2

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got Black Panther!

Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin The Complete Collection Vol. 2 collects Black Panther (2005) #19-34 and Annual #1 by Reginald Hudlin, Scot Eaton, Manuel Garcia, Koi Turnbull, Marcus To, Francis Portela, Andrea Di Vito, CAFU, Ken Lashley, Larry Stroman, and Billy Tan.

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Black Panther– Start Here! A Free In-Store Sampler

Just in time for the leader of Wakanda to stage center stage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel is excited to announce the release of Black Panther– Start Here, a FREE sampler celebrating Black Panther stories across the Marvel Universe.

Featuring excerpts from Marvel’s current Black Panther ongoing series, as well as World of Wakanda, Black Panther and the Crew, and portions from Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr.’s Black Panther run, Black Panther– Start Here serves to introduce brand new readers to the character’s expansive 50-year Marvel history, while long-time fans will be able to relive some of T’Challa’s most epic adventures.

The FREE Black Panther– Start Here sampler will be available to retailers on January 31st in local comic shops!

New York Comic Con 2017: Milestone’s Earth M Debuts Spring 2018

After lots of rumors and the feeling like it’d never happen, at New York Comic Con, DC Publisher Jim Lee, writer/producer/director Reginald Hudlin and Milestone co-founder and artist Denys Cowan announced the return of popular characters of the Dakota Universe in a new collaboration called Earth M in spring 2018. Cowan, Hudlin and Lee were joined by Milestone co-founder Derek Dingle and Earth M collaborators Alice Randall, Kyle Baker, Ken Lashley, and Greg Pak to share details of the re-emergence of classic Milestone characters, including Static Shock, Icon, and Rocket, as well as brand-new character creations from Hudlin and Cowan, which will debut in a series of different titles under the Earth M imprint.

Fans also received a surprise visit from The Walking Dead comic creator and writer Robert Kirkman, who stopped by to show a first look at his upcoming AMC documentary featuring the creation and history of Milestone Media. This episode is just one of six parts which comprise AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics—a new series focusing on different, significant chapters in American comic book history. The miniseries is set to premiere on Sunday, November 12, at 11p.m. ET/PT.

The launch book will be titled Milestone, and will create the foundation and over-arching storyline for future Earth M titles. The series, from writer Reginald Hudlin and artist Ken Lashley, will focus on Icon and Rocket and will feature other classic Dakota Universe characters from the ‘90s.

Panelists shared more details on other titles readers can expect:

Static Shock, an ongoing series from Hudlin and Kyle Baker, focusing on 14-year-old Virgil Hawkins, a kid with a love of comics and science who develops dazzling, electric superpowers.

Duo, a new Earth M miniseries written by Greg Pak, introducing the twisted story of a couple sharing one body for eternity.

Love Army, a miniseries with story by Hudlin, about a secret army of women with amazing abilities and super-strength, sworn to protect the planet.

Earth M, a new series from Hudlin and Alice Randall featuring a mysterious new vigilante character.

The Earth M Universe will share Milestone’s dedication to the creation of diverse characters. Moderator Dan Evans, DC Vice President of Creative Affairs, and the panelists also unveiled the new imprint logo and shared exclusive covers, artwork and concept designs from these upcoming series which you can catch below.

REVIEW : THE BLACK RACER AND SHILO NORMAN SPECIAL #1

Who in their right mind wasn’t intrigued by this one when it was first announced? The Black Racer is, after all, one of the more immediately-arresting and enigmatic characters in all of Jack Kirby‘s Fourth World canon, and Shilo Norman was fondly remembered as the trusted “kid sidekick” of Mister Miracle — but given the Racer’s occupation/mission, it was pretty obvious from the outset that any story that would bring these two together would possibly, if not probably, mean that poor Shilo’s days were numbered.

And so it would seem right from the outset of Reginald Hudlin‘s script for The Black Racer And Shilo Norman Special #1, wherein Shilo, having assumed and/or inherited the Mister Miracle mantle for himself, is strapped to a missile (a hat-tip to a concept The King first utilized in Scott Free’s adventures four decades back) as part of a charity event sponsored by a casino magnate who’s an obvious stand-in for — shit, do I even need to say it? Suffice to say, we all want to see this asshole forced to fork over the cash to Shilo’s charity of choice, but the Racer appears to have other plans —

If, like me, you prefer your Kirby homages to be of the big, bold, and brash variety, then Hudlin and pencillers Denys Cowan and Ryan Benjamin, along with inkers Bill Sienkiewicz and Richard Friend, certainly deliver the goods — this is fast-paced, and decidedly high-stakes, storytelling that gives a number of terrific comics veterans who we don’t see nearly enough of anymore the chance to really flex their creative chops on some of Jack’s out-and-out coolest characters and concepts as Shilo, desperate to stay alive, finds himself not only making a quick pit stop into the world of Kamandi, but getting into an underwater tussle with none other than OMAC himself! In short, strap yourself in tight because this is one wild ride.

For all its breakneck action, though, there is also plenty of humanity at the heart of these proceedings — we get a deeper look at the Racer’s civilian alter-ego, Willie Walker, than we have at any point since his first appearance way back in New Gods #3, Shilo is both as likable and, frankly, immature (not to mention a tad bit sexist) as ever, and a genuine air of mystery and the unknown is imbued back into “The Source” in a manner that would no doubt make Kirby himself smile with appreciation. Yes, this is as much a re-hash as any and all of the other “King 100” specials, and there’s certainly nothing revolutionary about its sabotage/betrayal central plot conceit, but damn, it hits all the right notes and frankly hits them so well that I think it will have appeal to more than just the “hopeless nostalgia” crowd.

Needless to say, that’s not entirely due to the story alone although, as discussed, that’s certainly quite good — the simple fact, however, is that for a book that’s got an “art by committee” approach, this thing looks pretty damn seamless (thanks in large part to Jeromy Cox‘s vibrant and attention-grabbing colors throughout), and the Cowan/Sienkiewicz team, in particular (always a winning combination “back in the day”), appears not to have lost a step at all. This is fluid, graceful, and expressionistic stuff, rendered with obvious love for both the creations they’re playing with and, crucially, their creator. Heck, it’s borderline majestic in many instances — particular Willie Walker’s Vietnam flashbacks — and consistently dynamic and bracing from start to finish. Prepare to be thoroughly impressed indeed.

Finish it all off with three Kirby “Young Gods Of Supertown” back-up strips from New Gods #s 4, 5, and 6, respectively, and you have a comprehensively fun and entertaining spectacle with plenty of soul to both balance out and underpin all the gloriously far-out cosmic otherworldliness. I’ll be the first to admit that these DC Kirby tribute books have been a decidedly mixed bag on the whole, but The Black Racer And Shilo Norman Special #1 is definitely the best of the bunch and well worth its, fair enough, pretty steep $4.99 asking price. As The King himself used to say : “Don’t ask — just buy it!”

Story : Reginald Hudlin  Art : Denys Cowan, Ryan Benjamin, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Richard Friend

Story : 7.5  Art : 8.5  Overall : 8  Recommendation : Buy

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