With all the hype around Wakanda Forever and the great reviews I figured maybe there’s people out there that just haven’t had their fill of Black Panther and might want to delve further into his back story and the lore of Wakanda so I’m putting together this list of some of the best Black Panther stories I could find.
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Shuri & T’Challa: Into The Heartlands
Focusing on the brother and sister when they were kids the duo sets out to remove a curse on Wakanda
Twelve-year-old Shuri is a lot of things. Scientist. Princess. All around cooler person than her pain-in-the-butt big brother, T’Challa. Shuri knows she could do so much more to help Wakanda, but everyone is obsessed with the prince because he’s the next Black Panther. That is, until Soul Washing Day, one of the most important rituals of Wakandan society.
Joining Shuri on her journey is none other than a meddling T’Challa. If Shuri and T’Challa can set aside their jealousy and resentment of each other long enough to survive this journey, they might just discover that they are far more powerful together than they could ever be apart. But if they can’t face their fears in the Heartlands and lift the so-called curse, it may not be just the end for their family, but the end of Wakanda as they know it. No pressure, right?
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet vol.1/book 1
A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates takes the helm, confronting T’Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group calling itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. As suicide bombers terrorize the population, T’Challa struggles to unite his citizens, and a familiar villain steps out of the shadows. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt — but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!
Black Panther (2016) #1-4, Fantastic Four (1961) #52
Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection Vol. 1
Black Panther reinvented as a sharp and witty political satire? Believe it! T’Challa is the man with the plan as Christopher Priest puts the emphasis on the Wakandan king’s reputation as the ultimate statesman, as seen through the eyes of the U.S. government’s Everett K. Ross. As the Panther investigates a murder in New York, Ross plays Devil’s Advocate in an encounter with Mephisto, and a new regime seizes control in Wakanda. When the truth behind the coup becomes clear, T’Challa finds himself an enemy of the state — and a major revelation threatens to destroy his relationship with the Avengers! Plus: Meet Queen Divine Justice — is she ready to join T’Challa’s deadly crew of female bodyguards, the Dora Milaje? Are they ready for her?
Black Panther (1998) #1-17
Black Panther: The Early Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 1
For the first time ever, the complete classic adventures of the Black Panther are collected in this, the first a line of Omnibus editions! In the 1960s, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created one of the most iconic super heroes ever conceived, the regal king of Wakanda—the Black Panther. Roy Thomas, joined by top artists including John Buscema, brought the Panther into the ranks of the Avengers and delved into his origins and backstory. Then, Don McGregor launched T’Challa’s first solo series. His “Panther’s Rage” was an adventure so huge it ranged across the savannah, into the deepest jungles and over snow-topped mountains.
Fantastic Four (1961) 52-53, 56, 119; Captain America (1968) 100; Avengers (1963) 52, 62, 73-74, 77-79, 87, 112, 126; Daredevil (1964) 52, 69; Daredevil Annual (1967) 4; Marvel Team-Up (1972) 20; Jungle Action (1972) 6-24; material from Fantastic Four (1961) 54; Tales of Suspense (1959) 97-99, Astonishing Tales (1970) 6-7
Rise of the Black Panther
Witness the early years of the man who will come to rule one of the most scientifically advanced countries in the world! Wakanda has always kept itself isolated from Western society, but that’s all about to change. Young T’Challa knows he is destined to become king, but when his father is brutally murdered by outsiders, he’ll find himself taking up a mantle he may not be ready for. Experience never-before-seen drama from the reign of T’Chaka, the king whose death changes a nation’s history forever. Learn about the mother T’Challa never knew. See how the world learns about this wondrous nation for the first time. Will the power of the Black Panther be enough to keep his country safe? Journalist Evan Narcisse makes his comics debut alongside acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates as they chronicle T’Challa’s rise to the throne – and to the Panther legacy that made him an Avenger.
Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The Black Panther Vol. 1: The Claws of the Panther
The Mighty Marvel Masterworks are proud to present the early adventures of the Black Panther! In the 1960s, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created one of the most iconic super heroes ever conceived, the regal king of the Wakandas—the Black Panther. Roy Thomas, joined by top artists including John Buscema, brought the Panther into the ranks of the Avengers and delved into his origins and backstory.
Fantastic Four (1961) 52-53, 56; Tales of Suspense (1959) 97-99; Captain America (1968) 100; Avengers (1963) 52, 62, 73-74; Daredevil (1964) 52; material from Fantastic Four (1961) 54
Black Panther By Ta-Nehisi Coates Omnibus
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ complete, acclaimed story of a king who sought to be a hero…a hero who was reduced to a slave…a slave who became a legend! The award-winning author confronts the Black Panther with dramatic upheaval in his homeland — first with a violent uprising, then the return of ancient gods! Meanwhile, T’Challa’s sister Shuri makes a transformative journey through Wakanda’s past, and Storm returns to the Panther’s life! But in the far reaches of space, a new cosmic power emerges: the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! How did this happen? What does its ruthless Emperor N’Jadaka have planned? And what difference can one nameless-yet-familiar warrior, with no memory of his past, make to the rebellion? The Black Panther — and Wakanda — will never be the same!
Black Panther Legends
Dive into the legend of the Black Panther in this new origin story by acclaimed author Tochi Onyebuchi and New York Times-bestselling illustrator Setor Fiadzigbey! T’Challa and Hunter are brothers growing up in the idyllic royal palace of Wakanda. Theirs goes beyond the usual sibling rivalry, though — Hunter, although older, is adopted, and T’Challa is the true heir to the throne. But when tragedy strikes, the two brothers must grow up fast! See the moments that made T’Challa who he is, from his walkabout as a teen where he meets the enchanting Ororo Munroe, to when he first invites the Fantastic Four to Wakanda! Son, brother, warrior, king…as each chapter unfolds, new pieces of T’Challa’s character will be revealed — and the Black Panther will rise!
Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther
Deep in the heart of Africa is Wakanda, a technologically advanced civilization of great power and mystery. During the last ten centuries, as European colonial powers spread their guns, armies and undisputed domination throughout the continent, Wakanda has stood alone as an unconquerable land inhabited by undefeatable warriors. Governing this nation is a lineage of warrior kings possessing enhanced speed, strength and agility. Today, T’Challa is the latest in this famed family line, the great hero known worldwide as the Black Panther. Despite the futile defeats of the past, outsiders are once more assembling to invade Wakanda and plunder its riches.
Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther’s Prey
Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr. delve deep into the mind of the Black Panther, in the next in our series of graphic novels handpicked by Marvel Editorial to showcase pivotal storylines written and drawn by some of Marvel’s most acclaimed creators! In the heart of Africa lies Wakanda, a technologically advanced civilization that for centuries has stood alone as an unconquerable land inhabited by invincible warriors. Governing Wakanda is a lineage of warrior-kings – and T’Challa, the Black Panther, is the latest in this family line! But now, outsiders are once more assembling to invade Wakanda and plunder its riches – led by Klaw, a deadly assassin who murdered T’Challa’s father. Even with Wakanda’s might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against Klaw’s massive invasion force?
VOL. 3: BLACK PANTHER: PANTHER’S PREY (1991) 1-4; MATERIAL FROM MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) 13-37, 148; SOLO AVENGERS (1987) 19; MARVEL SUPER HEROES (1990) 1; MARVEL FANFARE (1982) 60; FANTASTIC FOUR UNLIMITED (1993) 1
Black Panther: Panther’s Rage
Wakanda’s high-tech king must travel the savannah, into the deepest jungles and up the snow-topped mountains of his homeland in this prose adaptation of the landmark comics series by Don McGregor, Rich Buckler and Billy Graham. Discover the life and culture of the Wakandans, and see T’Challa channel the strength of his ancient bloodline to take out foes such as Venom, Malice and the fearsome Erik Killmonger!
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