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Black Panther: Long Live the King (Black Panther: Long Live the King #1-6)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  124 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN! As the Black Panther and an Avenger, T'Challa has had to save the world time and again - but those duties pale in comparison to his responsibilities as king of Wakanda. As the nation rebuilds in the wake of revolution, T'Challa finds his people besieged by a massive monster tearing through the country, leaving a trail of destruction ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Marvel
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David Schaafsma
I love Ta Nehisi Coates as writer and thinker but had to abandon his Black Panther run; it wasn’t great comics. All talk and philosophy, and not action, or too much set-up for action that I might have seen if I had been patient for it. Okorafor, the author of Binti and Akata Witch, making her comics debut, wisely listened to future readers via social media about their hopes for her run; they hoped to see more action to ground the ideas, and not the other way around (as Coates had done). They als ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The description of this TPB is misleading. Nnedi Okorafor only wrote half of the stories in this trade. If okorafor had wrotten the entire trade I would hahve given this a high rating.

Because Okorafor does something that is rarely done with T'Challa nowadays. A little humor and humility is added to the charcater. That doesn't mean Christopher Priest's version doesn't remain my favorite. it is that Okorafor's firs in much better than Coates, Hudlin etc.

A quick light hearted read, especially the
Actual review: 3.5

Although decent, the stakes weren't high enough for me to make this series interesting. I enjoyed the artwork, but the story lacked something big. Everything was solved pretty quickly.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: africa, comics
This was interesting. The first 5 issues, about Black Panther in Wakanda were ok, even though the two issues not written by Nnedi Okorafor were significantly less strong. The stories were just too short and everything wrapped up quickly enough that the stakes didn't get particularly high, and the distance that Okorafor felt about writing about a monarch, which she references in her letter at the end does come through a bit, which makes this Black Panther a bit less celebratory, which might be le ...more
Mar 03, 2018 added it
Shelves: comics-marvel
Fun but uneven collection. The six-parter was originally promoted as a Nnedi Okorafor miniseries, and it wasn't until three issues in that I discovered it's actually three separate stories: an entertaining three-parter by Nnedi Okorafor and André Lima Araújo, an utter dud of a two-parter by Aaron Covington and Mario Del Pennino, and a oneshot from Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford about an AU Venom/Black Panther character. I really enjoyed the way Okorafor's three-parter fleshed out the world and the ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, comic
I was skeptical because I haven't really liked anything Marvel has done with BP in at least half a decade, probably longer. This book was just a delight though. It's just three short stories that aren't concerned with the fate of the universe or anything. It was so nice.
A bit uneven at times and the last issue was a one shot that was unrelated to the rest the of the series (a BP/Venom mashup from a different Earth). An OK read.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Okarafor's issues, even the Venom one, are great. Had this been a 6 issue run where she could really craft a deep arc, I think it would have been a wonderful book. The "filler" Covington issues feel a bit like a corny Saturday morning cartoon in comparison.

I look foreward to Okorafor's next projects.
Derek Newman-Stille
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am incredibly excited that Nnedi Okorafor brought the characteristic magic and brilliance of her novel and short fiction writing to the graphic medium in Black Panther: Long Live The King.

Okorafor delves into the most technologically advanced society on Earth: the kingdom of Wakanda and invites critical questions about whether magic and technology are really as distant from each other as people assume. Like she does in other fiction writing, she injects some fantasy, horror, and weird fiction
I had been looking forward to this because I love Okorafor's Binti trilogy, and since the Black Panther movie I've been wanting to dive more and more into Wakanda.

This volume leads with a 3-part story by Okorafor, and it is good. It shows the humor and compassion of the King of Wakanda, as well as his strength.

The volume also includes a 2-part story by another author that is juvenile and poorly written in comparison to Coates, Gay, and Okorafor's Black Panther stories. This really brought down t
I wanted to read this book purely for Nnedi Okorafor's ability to spin word magic. She works her stoic charm here to a certain extent with the first story and the other two (not helmed by her) are pretty decent too. All three tales explore issues beyond how infallible the Black Panther is and deal with different but equally compelling issues.

The artwork is lush but the handling was a tad clunky.
Ah still a freak for Wakanda and its undeniable charms.
Simão Cortês
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A somewhat disappointing story. The idea was great and the drawings are amazing, but it's hard to understand why the hell there is a hiatus between #2 and #5 and a completely different story in #3 and #4. The main story should have received more issues, because it had the potential to be much better developed. Okorafor habit of mixing magic and science narratives offered a promising twist that did not really come to fruition. I can't wait to read her novels, though.
Young At Heart Reader
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-comics
The first three issues make this entire volume worth the read. The other two stories seemed a little flat in comparison, the second one feeling very standard comic book, while the last is good, but follows a character I am in no way familiar with, granted Ngozi is a bit interesting, but I felt lost for the entire story.

Bottom line: Nnedi should write for comics more often.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Nnedi Okorafor’s authorial voice comes through in this book, particularly with the unplugged community in Wakanda and the visit to Nigeria. But this one somehow felt simultaneously talky and punchy, keeping it from being exceptionally moving. Fast paced and an easy read – worth your time but not an essential read.
Marvin Arevalo
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
meh, 2 outta 6 were good issues
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Nnedi Okorafor as an author in general, and the perspective she brings to this franchise in particular. This is certainly worth the read, if Black Panther comics are your thing.
Sebastian Song
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful tale reveals much of T'Challa past and the burdens it bears. Hope the series continues its pace and will be looking forward to new issues.
Fátima López Sevilla
As a newbie in the Wakanda universe, I found these stories as a good first dive into this black utopia.
It didn't blow my mind, but I sure want to know more.
Daniel Butcher
Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: marvel
I can't tell if this is all ages, Black Panther continuing continuity or movie tie in.

The final chapter doesn't even have Panther in it.
J. Sterling Smith
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While all of the stories were great, I bought this because of Ngozi and I just love her story and I can't wait to read more about it.
Tara Schaafsma
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has great action and pacing. Loved it.
John H
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was more like a 3.5. The art was a bit cartoony for my tastes.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Just okay. I guess I wanted an epic story, some connection between the parts, I wanted more.
Ryan Laferney
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun but uneven collection.
Ana  Ulin
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Amusing, but ultimately unremarkable.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
نور محمد النجار
I didn't like the no.6 issue story, the first five issues are good.
I like T'chala being black panther more than Ngozi with venom black panther. 😇
Lukas Holmes
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Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults and a professor at the University at Buffalo, New York. Her works include Who Fears Death, the Binti novella trilogy, the Book of Phoenix, the Akata books and Lagoon. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and her debut novel Zahrah the Windse ...more
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