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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)

Use redeem code FOREVER at www.marvel.com/redeem to get a FREE digital bundle of the above stories through 2/10, 11:59 EST! Celebrate Wakanda Forever all month long!

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda Wins a GLAAD Media Award

Black Panther: World of Wakanda has won the GLAAD Media Award for comic books. It was one of ten nominees in the comic category for the 29th annual award. Two other Marvel books, America and Iceman, were also nominated.

The award celebrates inclusivity in pop culture.

Recognized for the book was the creative team of Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne, Alitha E. Martinez, Manny Mederos, Joe Bennett, Afua Richardson, Roberto Poggi, Tamra Bonvillain, Rachelle Rosenberg, Virtual Calligraphy, and Joe Sabino.

Other nominees included the Backstagers, Batwoman, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, Goldie Vance, Lumberjanes, The Woods, and Quantum Teens are Go.

Preview: Black Panther and the Crew #6

Black Panther and the Crew #6

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey (A) Butch Guice (CA) John Cassaday
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Black Panther and the Crew finally crack the case surrounding the mysterious death of Harlem community pillar Ezra Keith!
• In the wake of Ezra’s life one thing is certain: the world needs the Crew now more than ever!

Preview: Black Panther & The Crew #1

Black Panther & The Crew #1

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey (A) Butch Guice (CA) John Cassaday
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

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 streets.”

Review: Black Panther World of Wakanda #1

black_panther__world_of_wakandaWriter Roxane Gay spins a Wakandan love story – its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Illustrated by industry veteran Alitha E. Martinez.

And in a special backup story, acclaimed poet Yona Harvey explores the true origins of The People’s mysterious leader Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story… Illustrated by rising star Afua Richardson.

My criticism of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther run is that it’s a bit too dense at times and doesn’t stand up enough in single issues. You tend to need to know the world of Black Panther to really enjoy it and as a whole his series would play better as a trade than single issues. So, I was curious to go into this new series spinning out of it to see what it’d be like.

Split into two stories the first issue takes place before Black Panther #1 and also it’d seem before Atlantis’ attack on Wakanda. The issue at first is about the Dora Milaje and the growing love that we come into in Coates’ story. It’s a prequel straight up, but you don’t need to be reading one to enjoy the other. And that’s something that really stands out to me about Gay’s story, how self-contained it is. Instead of diving deep into the world of Wakanda, the story is very much an action-romance focused on a growing relationship and new recruits Ayo and Aneka. By focusing on all of that, the story becomes much more relatable as the issue progresses and it turns into a love story. And that’s what it is so far, a love story, and one that’s very interesting to see progress.

Like Coates though, Gay has some issues with dialogue with clunky thought bubbles and some stilted speach that doesn’t flow all that well. I’m sure as we see the issue progresses things will improve, but for me it was noticeable and hampered that part of the issue.

Alitha E. Martinez‘s art is pretty solid. It mimics Brian Stelfreeze’s style enough that the comic really feels like a “sister” comic. There’s some great use of panels and the framing of the various scenes. I’m not the biggest fan of Rachelle Rosenberg‘s coloring (that’s just a personal taste), but the use of shadows is really interesting.

The second half of the comic is written by Yona Harvey (with help from Ta-Nehisi Coates) with art by Afua Richardson and I actually like this part of the comic more than the first half. It focuses on Zenzi and the flow of the story and especially the dialogue are much smoother. There’s absolutely a noticeable difference between the first half and this. It’s a story that stands out and would stand out in an anthology. The story itself is interesting and Richardson’s art with Tamra Bonvillain‘s colors are fantastic. I think Richardson especially does some impressive layouts with callouts in interesting ways. For instance a head is present without the use of a formal panel to box it in. It emphasizes the facial emotion in the scene.

There’s also some cool extras, especially a map to help individuals figure out where things are at in the nation of Wakanda. It all comes together, including intro pages, to create a package of a comic that immerses you in a world from start to finish.

The first issue has its problems, but it’s well worth checking out for what feels like an amitious project and release. While I’m a bit mixed on the first issue, I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey
Art: Alitha Martinez, Afua Richardson
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey (A) Alitha Martinez (A/CA) Afua Richardson
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 09, 2016
SRP: $4.99

“YOU DESERVED SO MUCH MORE, LITTLE FLOWER. YOU DESERVED A WAKANDA THAT CHERISHED YOU.”

Writer ROXANE GAY (Bad Feminst, Hunger) spins a Wakandan love story – its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Illustrated by industry veteran ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Iron Man, Black Panther).

And in a special backup story, acclaimed poet YONA HARVEY (Hemming the Water) explores the true origins of The People’s mysterious leader Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story… Illustrated by rising star AFUA RICHARDSON (Genius).

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 Brings New Stories & New Voices to the Marvel Universe!

Wakanda, the African country and home of the Black Panther, is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nation on Earth. Its influence reaches across all of the Marvel Universe, and today Marvel Comics is proud to present an all-new series devoted to the exploring the people of this fascinating locale. Spinning directly out of the best-selling Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze comes your first look at the highly anticipated Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1!

Writer Roxane Gay makes her Marvel Comics debut alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Alitha E. Martinez to spin a Wakandan love story – its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but before that they were just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to join the Dora Milaje – an elite task force trained to protect the crown. Even if it means their lives. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you’ve already given them to each other?

Additionally, the first issue of Black Panther: World of Wakanda will feature a 10-page backup story from acclaimed poet Yona Harvey and Coates with artist Afua Richardson that explores the origin of Zenzi, the mysterious leader of The People, the group currently causing so much unrest in Wakanda. T’Challa thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story.

This November, one of the most sophisticated and advanced civilizations on Earth expands in bold new directions. Be there as Gay, Harvey, Martinez, Richardson and Coates bring you a Marvel Universe debut on November 9th!

BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1 (SEP160917)
Written by ROXANE GAY, YONA HARVEY, and TA-NEHISI COATES
Art by ALITHA E. MARTINEZ and AFUA RICHARDSON
Cover by AFUA RICHARDSON
Variant Covers by BRIAN STELFREEZE (SEP160918) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP160919)
Black Panther 50th Anniversary Variant by NATACHA BUSTOS (SEP160921)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160922)
Hip-Hop Variant by ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (SEP160920)
Divided We Stand Variant by KHOI PHAM (SEP160923)
Blank Variant Also Available (SEP160924)
FOC – 10/17/16, On-Sale – 11/09/16

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SDCC 2016: Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Wakanda, the African country and home of the Black Panther, is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nation on Earth. Its influence reaches across all of the Marvel Universe, and at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Comics announced an all-new ongoing series devoted to the exploring the people of this fascinating locale with Black Panther: World of Wakanda!

The first arc, co-written by Roxane Gay and the best-selling Black Panther series writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, with artwork by Alitha E. Martinez, will focus on Ayo and Aneka, two members of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s elite squad of female bodyguards.

As Black Panther: World of Wakanda continues, each arc will focus on characters from Wakanda, and the surrounding nations, creating a key companion title to Coates’ current Black Panther series.

Additionally, the first issue of Black Panther: World of Wakanda will feature a 10-page backup story co-written by Yona Harvey and Coates with artwork by Afua Richardson. This story will focus on Zenzi, the mysterious and powerful co-leader of The People, the rebel group that is responsible for much of the strife and chaos seen in the current Black Panther series.

On the edge of revolution, the nation of Wakanda stands at a crossroad, defended and challenged by those closest to its heart. Revolution has arrived and change is coming this November!

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