“But through it all, we have had our history. We have leaned on memory. We know what we are. What we always will be. To be robbed of that, to be enslaved…I cannot imagine.”—Shuri
This issue begins the “Wakanda Unbound” story arc of Black Panther. Just one issue in, I’m impressed. The issue has a great mix of art, story telling, and revitalization of past characters that will keep any reader hooked.
To start, the issue is helmed by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ryan Bodenheim. This is the first time I’ve witnessed Bodenheim’s art, and I like it. However, this is not the first time I’ve heard of famed author/journalist, Ta-Nehisi Coates. He timelessly began writing on Black Panther with Vol. 6, “A Nation Under Our Feet” (I will never forget this cover), and continues writing for Black Panther, to this day. His work has been foundational in facilitating the modern awareness of the Black plight and empowering Black people. If you’ve taken a look at my “About” page, you will know that I am Black, and the work of this author means a lot to me.
The story picks up in the middle of the “The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda” story line. I’m somewhat familiar with this story arc. I’m also very glad Marvel, Coates, and everyone involved have given Wakanda a role that lines up with its technological prowess. At this point, T’Challa and his nuclear family have arrived back on Wakanda Prime, on Earth. However, T’Challa is ready to take off back to the stars to intercept and defeat N’Jadaka, the leader of the Wakandan Empire. Shuri confronts him this time, though. She tells him that he has been running from various situations his entire life, and it’s time for him to stop.
The issue also includes a suprising and foreboding event involving N’Jadaka’s symbiote suit (those things sure are troublesome, aren’t they?).
I’m glad I got on at this hopping on point, and I highly recommend this series—and Black Panther, in general—to any comic book readers.
—The Cavalier Nerd