Black Panther, Book 1: A Nation Under Our Feet - Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Ta-Nehisi Coates could have done many things after winning the National Book Award for Between the World and Me, his superb meditation on racial injustice and white supremacy in 21st Century America. Instead of pursuing any number of projects, he chose to write the relaunch of Marvel’s The Black Panther comic. In it, the Black Panther character is the superhero alter ego of T’Challa, the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth, yet is struggling to combat an insurgency on its borders and a sense of unease even in the prosperous capital. What is so stunning here is how within the frame of a superhero comic book, Coates is able to ponder profound questions about the meaning of freedom in a semi-autocratic society, the obligation of the rulers towards the ruled, and whether technological progress is possible without hierarchy and some degree of coercion. Brian Stelfreeze’s art gorgeously depicts the environs of Wakanda and provides a lush, cinematic backdrop for Coates’ storytelling.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Text by), Brian Stelfreeze (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Text by), Brian Stelfreeze (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781302900533
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Published: Marvel - September 13th, 2016