Wakanda Forever: New Fish Named After ‘Black Panther’ HomeThe Best ‘Avengers’ Toys Stay on target “Deep in the heart of Africa is Wakanda, a technologically advanced civilization of great power and mystery. Its warrior-king is T’Challa, the latest in a famed family line, and 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. Leading this brutal assault is Klaw, a deadly assassin with the blood of T-Challa’s murdered father on his hands. Klaw brings with him a powerful army of super-powered mercenaries, all hell-bent on raining death and destruction on the pristine land. Even with Wakanda’s might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against such a massive invading force?”BLACK PANTHER: WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER?(W): Reginald Hudlin (P): John Romita Jr. (I): Klaus Janson (C): Dean White (L): Chris EliopoulosI must admit. I’ve never read anything Black Panther until recently. I started with the latest run from Ta-Nehishi Coates, but I wanted to go back. I wanted to dive deeper into this world of advanced technology. The beautiful and mysterious Wakanda and the African magic that exists within this fictional world. With the upcoming release of Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler, coming on February 16, 2018, it only made the hype for reading Black Panther more real.The story of Black Panther is known far and wide, but creators have told the story in very different ways. The crux of it all is that Black Panther isn’t only a man, but a legacy. The Black Panther, the ruler of Wakanda and a spiritually based warrior, is a hereditary title, passed to whoever proves worthy of holding it. Currently, the title belongs to T’Challa, King of Wakanda and son of the late T’Chaka. Wakanda is an African country that is highly more advanced than any other part of the world. Many have tried to conquer but to no avail. Wakanda carries “technological superiority” more infinite than any part of the nation as well. If you come for Wakanda or the Black Panther, you better tread lightly.via Marvel ComicsBlack Panther: Who Is The Black Panther, written by Reginald Hudlin, pencils by John Romita Jr with inks by Klaus Janson, Dean White on colors and lettering by Chris Eliopoulos, reigned from 2005 to 2008. Reginald Hudlin brings a very focused and timeless feel to this story. He doesn’t focus on the enhanced abilities of how T’Challa became Black Panther.He sets his sites on T’Challa’s already laid skills as he fights his uncle for the title. Hudlin writes the legacy and lineage of the hero but writes it in a way that T’Challa truly proves himself and the resilience of the country itself. Reginald writes this narrative like a historian, almost like a Wakandian point of view. I feel like every person who takes hold of the Black Panther title becomes a transcriber. It’s engaging, conscious and plants its feet in the ground and as you turn the pages, you just watch it grow.Something I loved about Hudlin’s writing is the depiction of “Wakanda vs. The Rest of the World.” The knowledge that people have taken things away from Africa, including people and places, but Wakanda is like “We will protect ours” is a powerful statement to make.Wakanda can do bad all by itself. They have such high strength of who they are as a country and community. Not bothered by anything on the outside because they work to strengthen and strive for themselves. They do not bow to anyone, especially people who seek to invade what they have built. Hudlin not only shows that with the power of the Wakandans, but the counters that with all the military power, inabilities and greed of man. Hudlin creates a dialogue that is massive brilliant and essential.John Romita Jr’s pencils and inks by Klaus Janson are suited for each other. They work organically together, bringing out the landscape, tech, destruction, and emotion throughout the panels. Romita’s pencils are refined. They’re polished and elegant in their execution, but the best thing he does with his pencils is facial expressions. Each character has their own distinguished personality, and with Janson’s inks, they enhance tenfold.via Marvel ComicsDean White’s Wakanda colors feel like home. They complimenting the landscape and characters that we come to know and adore. You almost see the difference between his colors when you’re within the frosty and cold nature of the USA then the warm and robust feel of Africa. Chris Eliopoulos’ letters complete this comic with sounds that you’re almost sure you can hear as you read. Eliopoulos does an outstanding job with placement, especially for the Klaw and Black Panther. They’re opposites, militant and cunning in their own ways, so when they speak, it’s important to listen. Eliopoulos’ letters with Romita’s facial expressions, give the panels a definite pop that you know is so authentic.If you want to get into Black Panther, for new or old fans, you want to pick up this particular series to get you started. You’ll not only get an introduction to the history of Black Panther but some background of a notorious villain Klaw (Ulysses Klaus, whose be played by Andy Serkis in the film). Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther lets you know who he is and where he came from and how far he’ll go to protect his homeland. This series is an absolute powerhouse that everyone should get their hands on. Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther is now available on Comixology.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.