Black Panther #1
Written by Eve L. Ewing
Art by Chris Allen
Inks by Chris Allen and Craig Yeung
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: Black Panther returns to Wakanda and sees firsthand the corruption in his country.
Exiled from his country, T’Challa roamed the world before returning to the Avenges and finding a purpose. After finding that purpose, he has returned to Wakanda, but not publicly. Instead of returning to the city he once ruled from, he finds himself in the city that bears his father’s name and does not have the prosperity that the capital offered.
Following what he believes to be a good man with a connection to his family, T’Challa will see corruption throughout the city. Corruption he decides to fight as the Black Panther.
The Story: With the mess left at the end of the last arc for this character, I was hesitant to return to this series and the character outside of his role in the Avengers. Ewing has crafted a first issue that has made me curious though. That curiosity seems to be one of the themes of the story with T’Challa questioning what he knows about his country and its people as he navigates in the shadows listening to them. Ewing does a great job of drawing in the reader with a grounded story that still has thrills and surprises and I liked the tension of T’Challa being on edge in a land he once ruled. The drama in his personal struggle makes me curious enough to see what happens next.
The Art: Allen delivers some great art in the issue. I love the look of the city and how it beautifully mixes the Wakandan aesthetics into a city that feels apart from the rest of the country.