Ta-Nehisi Coates Helps a New Panther Leave Its Print (NYT)

EXCERPT: “Most comics don’t generate that much buzz, but then again, most comics aren’t written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the best-selling author of “Between the World and Me,” which won the National Book Award last year. One of the most celebrated authors about race in America writing about a black superhero who has pummeled Captain America and members of the Ku Klux Klan? The collective response from fans of comics and Mr. Coates alike: I’d read that.

The book arrives during the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther, who first appeared in issue No. 52 of the Fantastic Four (and yes, he beat them up, too). Next month, the superhero will make his big-screen debut in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” with Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Get On Up”) as the Wakandan royal. And in 2018, Mr. Boseman will reprise his role in the feature film “Black Panther,” to be directed by Ryan Coogler (“Creed”).”

Read the complete article HERE.


2 Responses to “Ta-Nehisi Coates Helps a New Panther Leave Its Print (NYT)”

  1. “Pre-orders for the first issue of Coates’s Black Panther have already exceeded 300,000 copies at various retailers, a remarkable feat given that 50,000 preorders for a new comic represents a smashing success. (Top selling comics like Ms. Marvel and The Walking Dead move around 100,000 physical copies monthly.) One of the most celebrated writers and cultural critics of his generation, Coates’s work on Black Panther promises to energize the field while attracting fans old and new to the character; it’s the most anticipated comic debut since Chris Claremont and Jim Lee’s X-Men #1 in 1991. I called across the pond to Paris to speak with Coates, my old classmate at Howard, and chat about all things Black Panther.”



  2. Read the first issue a couple of days ago — very well-written indeed; obviously, as with any 22-pager that represents the start of an ambitious story arc, the first issue is more tantalizing than anything else, but I’m definitely interested enough to keep reading it. The story clearly has very feminist underpinnings (more accurately, it critiques the idea of a “good guy” who represents a structure as patriarchal as the kingdom of Wakanda — and by extension, the whole super-hero enterprise…)


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