The First Issue Of Nnedi Okorafor's Black Panther Comic Is Out

The hype for the upcoming Black Panther movie starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan is gigantic now. Literally everyone is getting ready for the release, so of course Marvel is giving the character a comic book push. To sustain the hype ahead of the film’s February 2018 release, Marvel announced two new comic book miniseries: the first, written by Nnedi Okorafor, is Black Panther: Long Live The King. And its first issue just dropped.

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Black Panther: Long Live The King takes place in the present-day, putting Wakanda’s capital city in a state of panic after it loses power. As the Black Panther and an Avenger, T’Challa has had to save the world time and time again — but those duties pale in comparison to his responsibilities as king of Wakanda. As the nation rebuilds in the wake of revolution, T’Challa finds his people besieged by a massive monster tearing through the country, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake!

Long Live The King is the latest book in Marvel’s line of ComiXology-exclusive digital comics (which eventually get printed as collections), and it was illustrated by Andre Araujo and coloured by Criss O’Halloran.

Critics and reviewers have lots of good things to say about the issue, with AV Club calling the comic "a thrilling blend of sci-fi and superhero elements with an ambitious, highly skilled creative team" and they were very impressed with Nnedi's style too:

"What she (Nnedi) does is phenomenal, and her script gives readers an expansive, immersive perspective of the city and its people while allowing the art team to carry the majority of the storytelling. Artist André Lima Araújo and colorist Chris O’Halloran just wrapped up the first arc of Generation Gone with writer Aleš Kot (the collected edition goes on sale January 3), and working on that grounded superhero series made them especially prepared for Okorafor’s story, which hones in on ordinary citizens of Birnin Zana."

You can buy Black Panther: Long Live the King here, but in the meantime here's a preview (T'Challa reading a Whole Soyinka book is pretty delightful!):

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(Photo: Marvel Comics)

(Photo: Marvel Comics)

(Photo: Marvel Comics)

(Photo: Marvel Comics)

(Photo: Marvel Comics)

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