How many times before have we led with this hype-building reminder in past articles? In case you’ve forgotten, the Marvel Cinematic Universe picks up pace once more this coming February when Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman hits cinemas. Much has been said about the African-American community’s fervor for this character.
For the general MCU fans however, there’s a chance they may not really know a great deal about T’Challa, King of Wakanda and also its guardian figure the Black Panther. This is doubly so if they haven’t read many Marvel Comics, where the character has been prominent in past storylines.
Lucky for them, Marvel has a solution. If MCU followers feel they haven’t quite yet grasped the character of Black Panther even after Captain America: Civil War and the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, then they’d do well to check out Black Panther: Start Here, a sampler comic book starring T’Challa.
Black Panther: Start Here will contain story excerpts from past issues in the long-running Black Panther title in Marvel Comics, from as early as the mid 2000’s. Start Here collects scenes from comic arcs written by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr; Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, and Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Those names are some of the most prominent writers to pen storylines for T’Challa’s adventures in super-heroics and realpolitik maneuvering. Ta-Nehisi Coates in particular is a best-selling non-fiction author, but has written most recent Black Panther comic run and a spinoff title featuring T’Challa teaming up with other African-American superheroes.
Marvel Comics promises that Black Panther: Start Here will be released ahead of the Black Panther film premiere, the better to get MCU-only fans up to speed. Marvel also encourages these fans to look for the paperback collections of Coates’ comic issues, as they also contain 1970s-written Black Panther stories.