Review: Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet


Title: Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Purchased
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me)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 that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. 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!


I absolutely loved this graphic novel!

There is great diverse representation in this story. The entire cast is made up of people of colour. In the first issue, a lesbian couple was introduced. I love seeing minority groups represented in a superhero story!

At the beginning, the story was a little confusing because there were so many characters in a original world. But the “letters” pages in between issues, where readers submitted their letters to the writers, helped me with that. I was reassured after each issue that other readers had the same feelings as me. I quickly caught onto the story and ended up loving it!

I also loved the bonus comic at the end, which shows the Black Panther’s first appearance in Marvel comics. It’s a great piece of comic book history. It was a great addition to the first volume of this new series.

I haven’t seen the new movie adaptation Black Panther yet, but I hope to see it soon! After reading this graphic novel, I can’t wait!

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

2 thoughts on “Review: Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet”

  1. I actually didn’t really enjoy the comic for some of the reasons you mentioned. I also had to stop and look up what words meant since I don’t know anything about the African language or culture. Having to stop and look it up sort of ruined the flow over all. I’ve only read the first 2 volumes, but I’m not sure I want to continue. I think perhaps I need to watch the movie first, get an idea of what’s going on and who the characters are and then try the comics again.

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    1. I can understand that. I liked that it was a new world for Marvel, but it was confusing at first because everything was so new. I just pushed through it, and I enjoyed some of the overall themes in the story.


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