Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Colour: Laura Martin
Story: Finally returning after being ousted as King of Wakanda following a series of disasters to befall the nation, T’Challa finds himself the focus of his sebjects’ rancor, their disillusionment at the Wakandan royal family manifesting as riots and violence in the streets. There may be some greater force behind the crowd violence but that doesn’t make the task of restoring his Nation any easier.
Why read it?: You’d expect a first time comic writer to be a little shaky off the block, but award winning political writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, pushes off at a confident sprint, spinning a tale of political AND superheroic intrigue that not only wraps up the last THREE major Black Panther stories, but also introduces side characters and stories that open the door to a rich, textured mythology and fresh sci-fi concepts. This is more than matched by Stelfreeze’s bold, confident, graphical artwork that here is influenced heavily by the inking and technical design style of the legendary Jack Kirby. This one’s probably going to be an award winner.