The Reader View of Wikipedia. Black Panther is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Black Panther's real name is T'Challa , king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Along with possessing enhanced abilities achieved through ancient Wakandan rituals of drinking the essence of the heart-shaped herb, T'Challa also relies on his proficiency in science, rigorous physical training, hand-to-hand combat skills, and access to wealth and advanced Wakandan technology to combat his enemies. Beginning as an impersonator, Cole would later take on the moniker of White Tiger and become an ally to T'Challa.
Black Panther has made numerous appearances in various television shows, animated films and video games. These included the characters in the single-issue, low-distribution All-Negro Comics 1 ; Waku, Prince of the Bantu, who starred in his own feature in the omnibus title Jungle Tales , from Marvel's s predecessor, Atlas Comics ; and the Dell Comics Western character Lobo , the first black person to star in his own comic book. Previous non- caricatured black supporting characters in comics include U.
Army infantry private Gabriel Jones of Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos. In a guest appearance in Fantastic Four Feb. Co-creator Stan Lee recounted that the name was inspired by a pulp adventure hero who has a black panther as a helper. Following his debut in Fantastic Four 52—53 July—Aug. He received his first starring feature with Jungle Action 5 July , a reprint of the Panther-centric story in The Avengers 62 March The critically acclaimed  series ran in Jungle Action 6—24 Sept.
One now-common format McGregor pioneered was that of the self-contained, multi-issue story arc. Critic Jason Sacks has called the arc "Marvel's first graphic novel ":. Running in two years' issues of Jungle Action s 6 through 18 , "Panther's Rage" is a page novel that journeys to the heart of the African nation of Wakanda, a nation ravaged by a revolution against its king, T'Challa, the Black Panther.
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The second and final arc, "Panther vs. This overlooked and underrated classic is arguably the most tightly written multi-part superhero epic ever. If you can get your hands on it It's damn-near flawless, every issue, every scene, a functional, necessary part of the whole. Okay, now go back and read any individual issue.
You'll find seamlessly integrated words and pictures; clearly introduced characters and situations; a concise sometimes even transparent recap; beautifully developed character relationships; at least one cool new villain; a stunning action set piece to test our hero's skills and resolve; and a story that is always moving forward towards a definite and satisfying conclusion. That's what we should all be delivering, every single month. Don [McGregor] and company did it in only 17 story pages per issue. Though popular with college students, the overall sales of Jungle Action were low,  and Marvel relaunched the Black Panther in a self-titled series, bringing in the character's co-creator Jack Kirby —newly returned to Marvel after having decamped to rival DC Comics for a time—as writer, penciler, and editor.
However, Kirby wanted to work on new characters and was unhappy at being assigned a series starring a character he had already worked with extensively. Black Panther ran 15 issues Jan. A four-issue miniseries , Black Panther vol. Gillis and penciled by Denys Cowan.
The Priest-Texeira series was under the Marvel Knights imprint in its first year. Priest said the creation of character Ross contributed heavily to his decision to write the series. The last 13 issues 50—62 saw the main character replaced by a multiracial New York City police officer named Kasper Cole , with T'Challa relegated to a supporting character. The Crew was canceled with issue 7.
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In , Marvel began publishing Black Panther vol. Hudlin said he wanted to add " street cred " to the title, although he noted that the book was not necessarily or primarily geared toward an African-American readership. Black Panther vol. He became the lead character in Daredevil beginning with issue Feb. Okonkwo, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo , and becomes the owner of a small diner in order to be close to the people. A new Black Panther series written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and drawn by Brian Stelfreeze was launched in and continues to be published with Coates as the head writer.
The Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the advanced African nation of Wakanda. In addition to ruling the country, he is also chief of its various tribes collectively referred to as the Wakandas. The Panther habit is a symbol of office head of state and is used even during diplomatic missions. The Panther is a hereditary title, but one must still earn it. In the distant past, a meteorite made of the fictional vibration-absorbing mineral vibranium crashed in Wakanda, and was unearthed.
Reasoning that outsiders would exploit Wakanda for this valuable resource, the ruler, King T'Chaka , like his father and other Panthers before him, concealed his country from the outside world. T'Chaka's first wife N'Yami died while in labor with T'Challa , and his second wife Ramonda was taken prisoner by Anton Pretorius during a visit to her homeland of South Africa , so for most of his childhood T'Challa was raised by his father alone. With his people still in danger, a young T'Challa used Klaw's sound weapon on Klaw and his men, shattering Klaw's right hand and forcing him to flee.
T'Challa was next in line to be the king of Wakanda and Black Panther, but until he was ready to become the leader of the nation, his uncle S'yan T'Chaka's younger brother successfully passed the trials to become the Black Panther. While on his Wakandan walkabout rite of passage , T'Challa met and fell in love with apparent orphaned teen Ororo Munroe , who would grow up to become the X-Men member Storm.
T'Challa earned the title and attributes of the Black Panther by defeating the various champions of the Wakandan tribes. One of his first acts was to disband and exile the Hatut Zeraze—the Wakandan secret police —and its leader, his adopted brother Hunter the White Wolf. He then studied abroad for a time before returning to his kingship. In his first published appearance, the now-adult T'Challa invites the American superhero team the Fantastic Four to Wakanda, then attacks and attempts to neutralize them individually in order to test himself to see if he is ready to battle Klaw, who had replaced his shattered right hand with a sonic weapon.
After the ruler makes proper amends to the Four, they befriend and help T'Challa, and he in turn aids them against the supervillain the Psycho-Man. He first battles the Man-Ape while with the group,  and then meets the American singer Monica Lynne,  with whom he becomes romantically involved. He helps the Avengers defeat the second Sons of the Serpent , and then reveals his true identity on American television.
After receiving numerous urgent official letters requesting him to return to his increasingly troubled homeland,  the Panther eventually leaves his active Avengers membership to return to a Wakanda on the brink of civil war, bringing Lynne with him. Later, while searching for and finding his stepmother Ramonda, the Panther contends with South African authorities during Apartheid. Years later, the Panther accepts a Washington, D. Ross , and faces multiple threats to Wakanda's sovereignty.
Ross assists him in many of these threats. In gratitude, the Panther often risks much for Ross in return. The first threat he and Ross encounter is "Xcon", an alliance of rogue intelligence agents backing a coup led by the Reverend Achebe. This forces T'Challa to nationalize foreign companies. Later, T'Challa finds he has a brain aneurysm like his alternate future self, and succumbs to instability and hallucinations.
After his mental state almost causes tribal warfare, the Panther hands power to his council  and hides in New York City. There he mentors police officer Kasper Cole who had adopted an abandoned Panther costume , an experience that gives T'Challa the strength to face his illness, reclaim his position, and return to active membership in the Avengers, whom he helps secure special United Nations status. T'Challa recounts the story of his ascension as the Black Panther in the fourth volume of his eponymous comic book series. He defeated his uncle during the Black Panther celebration,  and during his walkabout when he met and fell in love with a street urchin named Ororo in Cairo, Egypt.
They allow Klaw to recruit a team of villains in order to support his totalitarian neighbor, Niganda. T'Challa then helps his old flame Ororo Munroe reunite with her surviving family members in Africa and the U. In the aftermath, T'Challa loses all of his enhanced attributes given to him by being the panther totem. As a result, he works with his sorcerer, Zawavari, to accumulate a replacement.
This has all been done in preparation for the imminent battle with Doctor Doom,  which culminated in T'Challa rendering all of the processed vibranium inert to give his people a chance to rebuild without their dependence on the element. Okonkwo , an immigrant from the Congo and manager of a diner called Devil's Kitchen, so that he can blend in and learn about the denizens as an ordinary man. He gets on well with two of the Kitchen's staff: Sofija, a migrant from Serbia who was formerly involved in violent Serbian nationalism , and the busboy, Brian.
He also gets to know some of the neighbors from his apartment block: Mr. Nantakarn and his son Alec, as well as Iris, a social worker assigned to handle cases of child abuse. T'Challa finds himself up against an ambitious new crime lord, Vlad Dinu, who styles himself "The Impaler". He also seeks an understanding with the police through Detective Alex Kurtz. During an attempt by Vlad to terminate the Panther, Brian from the Devil's Kitchen is seriously injured by an energy blast from Vlad, and is reported dead.
The conflict between Vlad and the Panther becomes more personal, especially after Vlad discovers the Panther over his wife Angela dead from a gunshot wound. T'Challa learns that Iris was the serial shooter who killed abusers of children—Gabe was abused secretly by Angela. Brian was kidnapped by his doctor, Dr. Holman, at the behest of Nicolae who wanted to use someone who received a dose of Vlad's power. After being subjected to torturous experiments, Brian lost the ability to think for himself but was rescued by Gabe who also stole the serum produced from the experiment meant to endow the recipient with Vlad's powers.
The Panther obtains evidence of Vlad Dinu's crimes as well as clues to Iris as the serial shooter, and turns the evidence over to Kurtz. Vlad kills his own son Nicolae before being subdued by the Panther. Gabe is arrested for attempting to take Iris' life. Before being taken away, Gabe reveals to the Panther Brian's fate. Though aware of the Panther's identity as Mr. Okonkwo, both Iris and Sofija promise to keep silent. In preparation for an upcoming attack on Wakanda as part of the Avengers vs.
After witnessing an alternate Earth over Wakanda being destroyed by the Black Swan , T'Challa reforms the Illuminati—with Beast replacing the now-deceased Charles Xavier—to confront the threat of the Incursions, parallel universes colliding with each other to the destruction of both. Although able to avert one Incursion with the Infinity Gauntlet, the subsequent destruction of the Infinity Gems forces the group to decide to resort to more questionable measures to protect Earth from future Incursions, wiping Captain America's mind so that he will not remember these events, allowing them to do "what needs to be done".
Despite Namor's Cabal achieving legitimacy as Earth's protectors, Namor grew weary of the wholesale slaughter they carried out in the name of preserving their universe. Although he collaborated with the Illuminati in a plan to destroy the Cabal by trapping them on the next Earth to be destroyed, Black Panther and Black Bolt left him behind to die with the Cabal, disgusted at his earlier actions,  although Namor and the Cabal escape to the Ultimate universe when the other Earth has a simultaneous Incursion.
When the final Incursion occurs during the " Secret Wars " storyline, resulting in all realities collapsing into one Earth, Black Panther is one of the few heroes to survive the Incursion in a specially-designed "life pod"—other survivors including Mister Fantastic , Star-Lord , Spider-Man , the new Thor , Captain Marvel and a Phoenix -enhanced Cyclops —although they are only released into the new world after an eight-year stasis.
Retrieved by Doctor Strange, they learn that Strange has assumed a role of "sheriff" to Doctor Doom, who has appointed himself the god of the new " Battleworld " created from the multiple realities. As Reed takes Doom's power and sets out to rebuild the multiverse, T'Challa uses the Time Gem to take himself back to Wakanda before the Incursions, proclaiming to his people that they will lead the way to the stars and explore new ideas.
Panther entrusts the unconscious Zemo to Winter Soldier, while trailing Rogers and Zola into the secret lab. Panther finds out that Zola infused a brainwashed Captain America with a Cosmic Cube using a stolen Stark tech modified by Zola himself, and warns his allies to retreat from a Cosmic Cube-powered Steve Rogers, but is too late. Winter Soldier and Ant-Man steal the cube from Rogers before he uses its full potential, and bring back Kobik and the real Steve Rogers. As chieftain, the Panther is entitled to consume a special heart-shaped herb which, in addition to his mystical, shamanistic connection with the Wakandan Panther God Bast, grants him superhumanly acute senses, enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability, healing, and reflexes.
He has since lost this connection and forged a new one with another unknown Panther deity, granting him augmented physical attributes as well as a resistance to magic. Following his war with Doom, T'Challa loses his enhanced abilities only to once again establish a connection with the Panther God. Using these spiritual energies also enables him to conjure a mystical spear of glowing blue energy to his hand. T'Challa worked with his sorcerer, Zawavari, to endow T'Challa with immunity to mystical attacks and detection in order to defeat Dr.
When T'Challa's alchemical upgrade was tested by means of Wakanda's most powerful acolytes attacking T'Challa in unison, each mystical attack was absorbed and only served to strengthen T'Challa. During these preparations, T'Challa invented a potent mystical-scientific hybrid art called "shadow physics" and was able to use it to craft shadow weapons and to track vibranium on a quantum level. Garb yourself, True Believer, in high-fashion apparel pairing classic Marvel characters with the cheerfulness of the tokidoki universe as acclaimed designer Simone Legno brings his distinct aesthetic to the Marvel Universe with his Spring collection.
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Remender during his X-Force run showed that he could balance the superhero action with genuine stakes and emotion, and here he is doing the same thing, just in a much larger sandbox, with larger characters. This is Claremontian levels of dramatics mixed in with the heady cosmic plots of Jim Starlin. The art on this book has always been a bit of a mixed bag, only because so many artists have now tackled the world that Remender is trying to create, starting with John Cassaday, who then handed it off to Oliver Coipel for a gorgeous one-off issue, then settled into Daniel Acuna, who THEN gave way to Salvador Larroca, but the book has finally settled down into the pencils of Steve McNiven and the story is all the better for it.
McNiven along with John Dell and Laura Martin capture a vibrantly smooth flow of pencils, and finally given the book the uniform look that it needed. Not to say that any other artist that handled the book was bad, its just they never really felt settled or just right for the story that they were rendering, but McNiven finally gives the book the pop that it needed ever since the departure of John Cassaday.
His expressive and kinetic pencils lend itself very, very well to the high stakes tension that Remender is delivering in the script. Each panel has a widescreen cinema feel, which is something the other artists since Cassiday could never quite get a firm grip on, but here McNiven gives us a true Technicolor spectacle, including a hefty does of Kirby crackle. Amid the onslaught of events and tie-ins, you need not look any further for high stakes, event worthy storytelling than Uncanny Avengers.
Rick Remender clearly has huge, ground shaking plans for his team and they may not come out of the other side alive, if they come out at all. With this latest arc, Remender is proving just how capable of a writer he is with over the top plots and genuine hard hitting drama that never feels forced or just there for pure shock value.
These stories have weight and consequence, and its wonderful seeing them taken so seriously, while never sacrificing the inherent weirdness that make comics what they are. Geoff Johns is ending his run under the sea with Aquaman 25 , but I can't necessarily say this maritime monarch is getting a royal sendoff. Even though there are some treacherous enemies and powerful weapons used in this last hurrah, Johns' final issue with Arthur Curry feels like it's mainly going through the motions rather than making waves. I think much of that is because of Johns' emphasis on plotting rather than characterization.
He gets his exposition across fast - Aquaman, after waking from a six-month coma, has to free his wife Mera and the kingdom of Atlantis from the maniacal Atlan the Dead King. On paper, Johns gets done everything he needs to - he introduces Aquaman and his unorthodox plan of turning Atlan's forces against him, but what he doesn't get us to do is care. What does Aquaman learn from any of this? Isn't there a lot of dramatic potential about corruption or leadership to be learned from this resurrected regent? There are brief moments here and there - particularly when Aquaman says that the curse of being a king is "I am who I have to be" - but it doesn't direct the story or weigh particularly heavy on the protagonist or the reader's minds.
Instead, Johns plays around with his Atlantean mythology, particularly the legend of the carnivorous species known as the Trench, as well as the mystical sea weapons that can command them. Aquaman of course saves the day, scores the knockout punch, takes his place on the throne of Atlantis as we always knew he would - but it all feels hollow.
Worse, convenient. The Dead King, for example, folds like a house of cards once Arthur gets one good punch in, and even having onlookers coo over Aquaman stopping a scepter in mid-stab doesn't add much tension. It's not so much that you expect Aquaman to win - it's his own book, that's par for the course - but to have it done seemingly just because of page count rather than by some internal logic robs this grand finale of much of its vigor.
The artwork, by Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons, is clean if not always engaging. Aquaman himself has a sort of clean-cut appearance even with his six-month-old beard and perfunctory bandages, evoking Arthur's old '90s look but without the iconic hook for a hand. Pelletier reminds me a lot of Johns' original artist on this book, Ivan Reis, but even with all this fighting, he doesn't quite have a lot of iconic images to sell home - there's a splash page of Arthur leading his mutant troops into battle that feels sadly wasted, with all that detail getting lost in Rod Reis's cold royal blues.
That said, Pelletier does do well with the smaller, more intimate moments - there's a panel where Mera looks positively overjoyed to see her long-lost husband return for her, and the sheer sadness in Arthur's eyes when he's without his wife are some of the best beats of the book. Every character has something interesting about them, even if they've been ignored or underutilized for years. That was the main thesis of Geoff Johns's run on Aquaman in the first place, but as Johns concludes his time with that most iconic of Atlanteans, you can't help but feel like much of his potential was untapped.
Who is Aquaman? What can he teach us about responsibilities, about bridging cultures, about adopting and reshaping and transcending our own identities, our own preconceived notions? These are heady questions that could have been answered by the King of the Seven Seas - but for now, Aquaman 's "epic" battle is more like a drop in the bucket. Death rides on the wind again this week with the newest issue of female-driven Pretty Deadly.
In keeping with the last installment, and perhaps the rest of the series, this latest book unravels slowly and requires a second read before everything falls into place. The extra effort is well worth it, as it gives the reader not only an opportunity to glean more depth from the comic, but also another chance to absorb the sheer beauty contained within its pages.
It begins much like the last issue, opening with a short scene of our unlikely narrators, Bones Bunny and Butterfly. Bunny starts his tale again, beginning this time with bed-ridden Johnny. Things are still a but unclear at this point as to what the "binder" being discussed is, but upon hearing that Johnny let Sissy take it from him, Lily says, "You let her loose.
And now the world's gonna burn. A battle rages in the midst of the fires between Alice and Ginny, and someone meets a beautiful end. The writing in this issue is actually quite limited, with the book being more focused on the intense battle scenes. As such, the disjointed quality carries over from the previous installment, though it is less pronounced this time around.
DeConnick seems intent on bringing the true nature of this story to the forefront slowly, laying clues sparsely and counting on the reader to piece them together as the plot progresses. It seems unlikely that this series will be one with any big reveals being given freely to the reader, we have to work for it. Emma Rios has truly come into her own within the pages of this comic.
This issue was as near to flawless in execution as one could hope for in terms of visuals. The character designs continue to be enchanting while their poses are always dynamic. The battle scenes that took up the majority of the book are fluid, with very little being lost in translation between the blazing fires and bloody silhouettes. Her line work ranges from slick to textural in nearly every panel, with hair flowing freely over fur coats and feathered capes.
Jordie Bellaire is an extraordinary complement to Rios' inks, bringing life to the panels with perfectly chosen palettes. From the deep blues and greens of night, to the bright warm color of sunrise and fire, every mood finds its proper place. Pretty Deadly remains a solid book with a stunning creative team. The details can be a bit confusing at times, but it does nothing to detract from how captivating the story is. This seeming swan song of Death's daughter is a great choice for any comic reader looking for a gorgeous book with an engrossing story.
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It's not hard to have noticed Deadpool's transformation to cold-hearted, one-dimensional Deathstroke wannabe to a snarky, offbeat, Fourth Wall-breaking killer, but was there a reason behind it all? While his ascension to cult favorite antihero began in the late '90s, his antics were heavily amped up later, and here we have a hint on what made Deadpool even crazier than before: he shared his brain with walking insane asylum Madcap.
Of course there's a slew of cameos along the way ranging from Thor to Luke Cage to even Daredevil, all of whom provide fun, yet sort of twisted, humor. But the story here at it's heart is the friendship that Madcap and Deadpool actually made. Well, "friendship" being a loose term here.
While of course there's an ample bit of cartoon-like violence with disintegration to using ninja corpses as weapons, Acker and Blacker don't slack on the comedic tone here, too. There's something quite wrong but ever so right about Thor and Luke Cage under Madcap's influence thinking they're on a dancing competition show and ballroom dancing with Cage doing a solo pop-and-lock maneuver along the way.
Even if you're an avid Deadpool reader, there are things that you can't unsee that are inside this Annual as there's nothing more surreal than the imagery of naked Deadpool sulking over how alone he now feels. If you've been following the careers of the guys from the ComicTwart blog from back in the day, you'll recognize the artist's name.
If not, you might want to pay attention here. Evan "Doc" Shaner has had a budding career over the past two years and he looks to just be getting warmed up. Shaner's cartoony and animated style lends itself perfectly to Deadpool's insane antics, but still has a classic superhero book vibe to it with bold inks and Toth-like linework. Shaner also doesn't slouch with background settings, making sure nothing goes to waste.