Black Panther #1 (2016)
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Illustrator: Brian Stelfreeze
Colorist: Laura Martin
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
T-Challa returns home questing the stability of his country Wakanda is falling apart, its people are revolving, outside invasions has cause mistrust from within, the people of Wakanda are influenced by another who seeks to bring down T-Challa’s reign.
A Nation Under Our Feet #1 shows a different side of Wakanda, known for being a prosperous country the years of invasions and wars have broken the people. Early in the story, we see T-Challa is trying to ease the people’s fears and doubts, but an unknown woman is seen causing an uproar amongst the people during his speech. Meanwhile, Ramonda talks with Ayo of the Dora Milaje about the trial of Aneka a former member of the Dora Milaje who killed a chief titan, Ayo asked Ramonda to be lenient towards Aneka, but Ramonda refuses. T-Challa returns and begins to search for the identity of the women who caused the uproar earlier in issue, it appears she has been causing trouble for some time. In the back of the issue, we see the women who is now known as Zenzi is in the Nigandan border with another who appears to be a shaman, in a conversation we find out that the shaman has his own plans of rebuilding Wakanda in his vision. The issue ends with an attack towards Aneka in the prison cells of Fort Hahn, Ayo appears to save Aneka and we quickly find out that the two are lovers. After defeating the attacker’s Ayo and Aneka don Dora Milaje armor and leave, with Ayo now officially leaving the Dora milaje.
Ta-Nehisi Coates sets up potential weaving story-lines between T-Challa, Ayo, Aneka, Zenzi, and the unknown shaman. Ta-Nehisi lets us know Wakanda isn’t safe anymore. This a good startup issue, I’m intrigued by what potential twist and turns can happen before the ending of the 18 issue series
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