Black Panther has leaped to the top of the international box office in a single bound! The hotly anticipated superhero adventure is a landmark in what is already a milestone year for the lucrative Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is it a vibranium anniversary and not an aluminum one if we’re celebrating ten years of Marvel movies?
A welcome departure from the cultural homogeneity of most blockbuster films, "Black Panther" gives us splendid displays of colour both onscreen and behind the scenes. Comic book adaptations have taken audiences to outer space, the quantum realm and the Dark Dimension, and now we finally have the opportunity to visit the world of Wakanda! Free from the confines of colonialism, the African country secretly flourished into the most technologically advanced nation on Earth. It thrives under the watchful eye of its king and protector T’Challa, who bears the title of the Black Panther. Since the character made his comics debut in 1966, many writers and artists have contributed to telling his amazing story, and that of his family... and enemies. Here are a few graphic novels:
An origin story penned by Hudlin, a director and producer who served as president of Black Entertainment Television. He also created the character of Shuri, T’Challa’s brilliant younger sister.
A spinoff focusing on the warrior women of the Dora Milaje, the elite bodyguards of the royal family.
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