Released: September 13th 2016
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Black Panther 1-4
Black Panther is an amazing character from the Country of Wakanda, a nation which Marvel made up. I’ve always been drawn to the culture shown in Wakanda; it’s a beautiful and fascinating blend of tech and tradition. In A Nation Under Our Feet we see that balance at risk, with the nation at war with itself.
I would like to state that I am a huge fan of Black Panther/T’Challa. I first saw him in the Avengers animated series a few years back, and I was immediately drawn to his character. Needless to say that I was insanely excited when I saw that he was getting his own series. Unfortunately I think this series may be better suited to die-hard fans of Black Panther, as even knowing more than the basic about his character, I had little idea about what was going on.
We’re thrown right into the mix of things; with the series starting with Wakanda already in peril. I don’t know the cause of this, but I can only assume it was started in one of Black Panther’s many earlier appearances. Because of this lost context I found it very difficult to immerse myself into the story, like I would have preferred to do.
There were some highlights to the first volume that are worth noting. For one thing the art is absolutely stunning. There were also a large number of interesting characters introduced (okay, they clearly had been introduced sooner, and I totally missed out on a lot of backstory for them, but I’m still counting this as a plus).
I think this series would have held my attention much more effectively had I understood what was going on from the beginning. I think I’ll probably continue to read the series, if nothing else than to see if it becomes more clear with time (plus like I said, I like some of the characters they’ve introduced).