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“Black Panther 2” doesn’t arrive in theaters for another year, which gives you plenty of time to read up on the comics and graphic novels that tell King T’Challa’s story. Since making his debut in the 1966 comics from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Wakanda’s resident superhero has prevailed as one of the more popular characters in the Marvel orbit.
In 2018, over 50 years after debuting as Marvel’s first Black superhero, Black Panther’s standalone film finally hit the silver screen. The Ryan Coogler-directed blockbuster raked in over $1 billion at the box office, becoming one of the most successful films in the MCU franchise. Coogler’s long-awaited “Black Panther” sequel is slated to hit theaters in 2022, and while we don’t know much about the plot (and fans are still grieving the death of Chadwick Boseman), comic books are the best way to learn more about Black Panther.
Below, find a roundup of Black Panther comics to add to your collection. For more reading recommendations check out best Loki comics, essential “WandaVision” comics, and more graphic novels that Marvel fans will love.
Helmed by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet,” finds T’Challa on the brink of a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make it challenging for him to lead the African nation. Things get even stickier when a superhuman terrorist group known as “The People” sparks a violent uprising, that will throw Wakanda — the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions — into utter turmoil.
“Black Panther: The Complete Collection,” puts T’Challa’s reputation as the ultimate statesman to the test. The plot follows a New York City murder investigation, and a new regime seizes control in Wakanda.
Black Panther’s early years are explored in “Rise of the Black Panther,” penned by Coates and journalist Evan Narcisse with illustrations from Paul Renaud. The story is packed with never-before-seen drama from the reign of his father, King T’Chaka, and the mother he never knew. Young T’Challa is destined to become king and transform Wakanda from the isolated nation that it once was, but when his father is brutally murdered by outsiders, T’Challa finds himself taking up a mantle that he may not be ready for.
From T’Challa discovering the secret of King Solomon’s frog to encounters with alien races, battles against eternal samurai warriors, and the history of Wakandans (including the amazing technology, the origins of Vibranium, and the overall majesty of the country), “Black Panther Epic Collection: Revenge of the Black Panther” explores it all. There’s also an epic showdown between the Black Panther, the Avengers, and Ulysses Klaw.
As the fate of Wakanda hangs in the balance, T’Challa finds himself fighting like never before, with one of his most trusted allies returning to stand by his side. But can the monarchy survive? As the final battle begins, the entirety of Wakanda’s glorious history might just be their strongest weapon.
Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of Black Panther, any comic book enthusiast can enjoy this book. Black Panther’s backstory unfolds in this deluxe hardcover release that details the history and creation of the character. The book includes exclusive concept art, layout and sketch art, alongside interviews with key artists and writers from Black Panther’s robust archives.
Dive into another thrilling adventure in “Marvel-Verse: Black Panther.” As T’Challa reveals Wakanda to the world, he must join the Avengers in a battle with his old nemesis, Klaw. Meanwhile, Iron Man helps Black Panther protect Wakanda’s precious Vibranium from Erik Killmonger. But when T’Challa gets lost in space, his sister Shuri must step up to the plate as all of Wakanda looks to her to lead.
“Black Panther: Doomwar” is an action-packed read with Shuri as it’s start. The story picks up after T’Challa is attacked by Dr. Doom, making Shuri the new Black Panther. The heiress to Wakanda’s throne struggles to hold the nation together and is set on a collision course that pits Doom, the world’s most relentless super villain, against a collection of the world’s most powerful superheroes including the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and two Black Panthers.