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    Default Suggested Black Panther Reading?

    I'm a big Marvel fan and really enjoy a lot of characters and stories. Now, I would say I have a limited knowledge of Black Panther and Wakanda mythos (though better than a casual reader), but I'm a hard core X-Men fan and therefore don't focus on much else.

    However, I saw Black Panther at the weekend and I truly LOVED every moment of that film - and it has really encouraged me on to reading some BP. I know of Priest's run and the current Coates run but I was curious in finding what is best to read and in what order, to get the best experience of Black Panther. So, what do you suggest reading?
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    EDIt: I'm at work so I can't do this in as much detail as I want, but I'll just keep it simple

    Personal favorites
    Christoper Priest run (Volume 3) The Client arc is just superb
    -arguably the greatest run on the character
    Reggie Hudlin's run (specifically the first few arcs, "Who is the Black Panther?" is awesome)
    -reads like a summer block buster introduces Shuri and some new things to the mythos


    Everyone is going to say read Jungle Action by Don McGregor. I'm not as high on it as some are but its pretty essential to the mythos, plus if you want to see BP bust some KKK heads in the later issues you won't be disappointed.


    honorable mentions:
    David Liss
    -Man without Fear
    -The Most Dangerous Man Alive

    McDuffie's Fantastic Four
    Black Panther: Secret Invasion
    Avengers: Red Zone
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    The basis for all the essential Black Panther runs, and the movie, is Don McGregor's run, which is collected in the Marvel Epic Collection "Panther's Rage."

    Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced T'Challa and Wakanda in Fantastic Four, and then he became an Avenger and moved to the States for a while, but McGregor was the writer who gave him his own series and built the world of Wakanda (with artists including Rich Buckler and Billy Graham), created Killmonger and other characters, and gave the comic a political/topical edge.

    So start with McGregor and then move on to Priest's run.

    (McGregor's run was followed by a run written and drawn by Jack Kirby, but while it's a fun comic it jettisoned everything from McGregor's run, to the point that T'Challa might as well be a different character - something lampshaded in one of Priest's stories.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gurkle View Post
    The basis for all the essential Black Panther runs, and the movie, is Don McGregor's run, which is collected in the Marvel Epic Collection "Panther's Rage."

    Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced T'Challa and Wakanda in Fantastic Four, and then he became an Avenger and moved to the States for a while, but McGregor was the writer who gave him his own series and built the world of Wakanda (with artists including Rich Buckler and Billy Graham), created Killmonger and other characters, and gave the comic a political/topical edge.

    So start with McGregor and then move on to Priest's run.

    (McGregor's run was followed by a run written and drawn by Jack Kirby, but while it's a fun comic it jettisoned everything from McGregor's run, to the point that T'Challa might as well be a different character - something lampshaded in one of Priest's stories.)
    Thanks - do you think I should read his introduction in FF #52 (?) or is this not essential ?
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    You can read the story here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15795663

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    Quote Originally Posted by WheelchairX View Post
    Thanks - do you think I should read his introduction in FF #52 (?) or is this not essential ?
    Yes, I think it is, just to get the sense of what a breakthrough character he was.

    Luckily the Epic Collection I mentioned includes Fantastic Four 52 & 53 as a prelude to McGregor's run.

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    Read his intro in FF#52.

    I would follow that with:

    Priest's Run - collected
    Hudlin's Run - collected
    Liss' Run - collected
    McGregor's Run - collected
    Hickman's New Avenger's
    Secret Wars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvell2100 View Post
    Read his intro in FF#52.

    I would follow that with:

    Priest's Run - collected
    Hudlin's Run - collected
    Liss' Run - collected
    McGregor's Run - collected
    Hickman's New Avenger's
    Secret Wars
    Yes, I think it is, just to get the sense of what a breakthrough character he was.

    Luckily the Epic Collection I mentioned includes Fantastic Four 52 & 53 as a prelude to McGregor's run.
    Thank you for this
    I’ve just published my very first work on ‘Archive of Our Own’, under the same name as here. It is the first chapter of ‘I Am My Own Best Friend ~ An Emma Frost Road Trip’, which focuses on Emma between the events of IvX and Secret Empire, including the White Queen going on a road trip, to try and have fun!

    You can read the story here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15795663

    I hope you enjoy it as much I did writing it!

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    I should also warn you that even by the standards of the time, McGregor's Black Panther is very wordy and has tons and tons of narration (no thought balloons, though). I feel it's still enjoyable once you adjust for that, though, and like I said, it is the place where most of T'Challa's world was built, so it helps to read it first to see later runs like Priest's in context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gurkle View Post
    I should also warn you that even by the standards of the time, McGregor's Black Panther is very wordy and has tons and tons of narration (no thought balloons, though). I feel it's still enjoyable once you adjust for that, though, and like I said, it is the place where most of T'Challa's world was built, so it helps to read it first to see later runs like Priest's in context.
    So Bendis is basically McGregor 2.0? - thanks for the heads up.
    I’ve just published my very first work on ‘Archive of Our Own’, under the same name as here. It is the first chapter of ‘I Am My Own Best Friend ~ An Emma Frost Road Trip’, which focuses on Emma between the events of IvX and Secret Empire, including the White Queen going on a road trip, to try and have fun!

    You can read the story here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15795663

    I hope you enjoy it as much I did writing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabare View Post

    2. "Who Is The Black Panther?" by Christopher Priest
    -(issues #1-6) of volume 4
    -very accessible for new readers
    -this reads like a summer block buster, introduces Shuri to the mythos and a few other concepts
    "Who is the Black Panther" is by Reginald Hudlin, c'mon Jabare what you doing?

    WheelchairX, Hudlin's series is indeed excellent and my favorite run!
    You can see its inspiration for much of the current film, such as Wakanda always being more advanced than the rest of the world!


    Excelsior!

    Daoud

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabare View Post
    EDIt: I'm at work so I can't do this in as much detail as I want, but I'll just keep it simple

    Personal favorites
    Christoper Priest run (Volume 3) The Client arc is just superb
    -arguably the greatest run on the character
    Reggie Hudlin's run (specifically the first few arcs, "Who is the Black Panther?" is awesome)
    -reads like a summer block buster introduces Shuri and some new things to the mythos


    Everyone is going to say read Jungle Action by Don McGregor. I'm not as high on it as some are but its pretty essential to the mythos, plus if you want to see BP bust some KKK heads in the later issues you won't be disappointed.


    honorable mentions:
    David Liss
    -Man without Fear
    -The Most Dangerous Man Alive

    McDuffie's Fantastic Four
    Black Panther: Secret Invasion
    Avengers: Red Zone
    Thanks for this - I'll be sure to check some of this out
    I’ve just published my very first work on ‘Archive of Our Own’, under the same name as here. It is the first chapter of ‘I Am My Own Best Friend ~ An Emma Frost Road Trip’, which focuses on Emma between the events of IvX and Secret Empire, including the White Queen going on a road trip, to try and have fun!

    You can read the story here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15795663

    I hope you enjoy it as much I did writing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daoud View Post
    "Who is the Black Panther" is by Reginald Hudlin, c'mon Jabare what you doing?

    WheelchairX, Hudlin's series is indeed excellent and my favorite run!
    You can see its inspiration for much of the current film, such as Wakanda always being more advanced than the rest of the world!


    Excelsior!

    Daoud
    Thanks Daoud, if it's as good at portraying Wakanda as the film is then I know it'll be great.
    I’ve just published my very first work on ‘Archive of Our Own’, under the same name as here. It is the first chapter of ‘I Am My Own Best Friend ~ An Emma Frost Road Trip’, which focuses on Emma between the events of IvX and Secret Empire, including the White Queen going on a road trip, to try and have fun!

    You can read the story here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15795663

    I hope you enjoy it as much I did writing it!

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