Black Panther No. 1 

Story by Ta-Nehisi Coates

For anyone still laboring under the impression that comics are for children, Marvel Comics' Black Panther: Under Our Feet Pt. 1 should be a wake-up call.

Wakandan King T'Challa, aka Black Panther, has returned to a restless kingdom upset by natural disaster, supervillains and the death of his sister, who had been ruling in his absence. The king now faces rebellion, the demands of the rule of law, his economic and civil obligations to his people—and grief for his sister.

Black Panther No. 1 puts superpowered slam-fests in the back seat, with National Book Award-winner, MacArthur Fellow and comics first-timer Ta-Nehisi Coates focusing on the burdens and confusion of power and justice. Art by Brian Stelfreeze and Laura Martin makes T'Challa look hopelessly lost in his environment. If it sounds like a parable for contemporary America, well, you're not wrong; and if you're looking a primer on the character who will make his big screen debut in Captain America: Civil War, this is it.

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