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Captain America #1 Gets a Teaser Trailer

On July 4th, New York Times Best-Selling Author Ta-Nehisi Coates and international superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu usher in a new epic for the Star Spangled Avenger with Captain America #1!

After the creative team’s debut in their Free Comic Book Day issue, fans and critics are raving about Steve Rogers’ new adventures – and Marvel invites you to take a look at the promotional TV spot that aired nationwide last weekend, which included some brand-new, never before seen art!

Marvel Reveals a New Captain America #1 Variant by Paul Renaud, with Joe Simon and Jack Kirby!

Marvel is celebrating Captain America #1 from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu with a new variant cover from superstar artist Paul Renaud that incorporates a classic Golden Age image created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

Don’t miss the opportunity to dive into this fresh new adventure July 4th, when Captain America #1 hits comic shops!

Marvel Reveals New Captain America #1 Variant Art by Leinil Yu!

Marvel is celebrating Captain America #1 from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu with a new variant cover from superstar artist Leinil Yu!

Fans got a sneak peek at the creative team’s story in the Avengers/Captain America Free Comic Book Day. Don’t miss the opportunity to dive into this fresh new adventure July 4th, when Captain America #1 hits comic shops!

Marvel Reveals a Captain America #1 Variant by Frank Miller!

Marvel is celebrating Captain America #1 from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu with a new variant cover from Frank Miller!

Fans got a sneak peek at the creative team’s story in the Avengers/Captain America Free Comic Book Day issue and praise is already high for the new series, with Adventures In Poor Taste claiming “the story presented here is almost dreamlike and should pique readers’ interest.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to dive into this fresh new adventure July 4th, when Captain America #1 hits comic shops!

Captain America #1 Gets a Variant Cover from Marko Djurdjević

Marvel is celebrating Captain America #1 from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu with a new variant cover from superstar artist Marko Djurdjević!

Fans got a sneak peek at the creative team’s story in the Avengers/Captain America Free Comic Book Day issue and praise is already high for the new series, with Adventures In Poor Taste claiming “the story presented here is almost dreamlike and should pique readers’ interest.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to dive into this fresh new adventure July 4th, when Captain America #1 hits comic shops!

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

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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