Realm Review: Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One

It’s that time! Time to talk about Sins of the King, that is. Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One: The Omen brings us back to the World of Wakanda, and I, for one, am totally here for it. It’s time to see what T’Challa has been getting up to.

Black Panther: Sins of the King is the fourth Marvel series to hit Serial Box (now called Realm); it’s also one of the more highly anticipated series, at least in my book. Every week the platform will release a new episode so that we can continue the adventure in serial format.

T’Challa is still reeling from the loss of his father, so it is almost ironic that this adventure strikes off on the anniversary of his death. The legacy of the Black Panthers will be brought to the forefront in this series, all while forcing T’Challa to come to terms with his past and make a decision for his future.

The creative team behind Black Panther: Sins of the King is one of the many reasons why I’ve been so excited for this series! Onboard for writing, we’ll have Ira Madison III, Mohale Mashigo, Geoffrey Thorne, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes. As for narration? The one and only, William Jackson Harper.

The Omen

Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One is an intense yet brilliant start to this series. One that will immediately pull fans old and new into the narrative. T’Challa’s past is immediately on display, forging an emotional connection like no other.

It’s actually quite clever; in just a few short minutes, the writers (Ira Madison III and Geoffrey Thorne) have not only gotten us to care but given us all of the relevant backstory necessary to continue forward…

This first episode has a little bit of everything. It has ups and downs, it has humor (thank you, Shuri), and it has plenty of action to go around. Pleasantly, it also contains many familiar faces, which is always a delight.

The addition of several Avengers helped to ground the series in the larger Marvel Universe without overshadowing the plot at hand. You can tell that they thought hard about which characters should be involved and which should be left out.

All things considered, this is a great first episode of the series, and I can’t wait to hear how the rest of it goes. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait, as there are still plenty of episodes left to enjoy!

Narration

Forgive me, but I have to fangirl for a moment here. I’ve adored William Jackson Harper since I first saw him in The Good Place (who wouldn’t?). But I did not realize, up until this moment, that I desperately needed to hear him narrative an audiobook.

More specifically, I needed to hear him narrate Black Panther. He’s the perfect voice, capturing T’Challa’s regal poise while also finding the notes that bring other characters, such as Shuri, to life.

Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One is a thrilling read – and an even better audio experience. This is already proving to be one of my favorites, and thus I can’t recommend it enough.

Conclusion

Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One was everything I could have hoped for in an introduction to this series. It was fun and bold and not afraid to throw us right into the deep end. It will leave readers with high hopes for what will follow.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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