Sunday, February 08, 2009

Black Things I Love #5: Black Panther

Today's edition of Black Things I Love is brought to you byBrian, aka Afrogeek Dad.

The Black Panther. Marvel Comics. King of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. And super kick-ass, bad-ass, super-confident 1960s hero with no need to stick-it-to-the-man. No blaxploitation here. Just a good, well-rounded image of blackness in comics that young readers could read and not feel ashamed of. He wasn't the first black character in comics, but he was the first never to be drawn as a caricature, never to be written speaking false ghetto-ese. He was never a sidekick to or a spin-off of a white character. He didn't get his powers by being someone else's lab assistant. He didn't get his powers in prison. [Note from Conseula: Brian here is bad-mouthing Luke Cage, which I really don't appreciate.] His multiple levels of super-asskickery come only from years of intense training and discipline backed by the science and religion of his own culture. I *heart* the Black fucking Panther.


Claudia said...

Wow, what an endorsement! I've read a few select issues of Black Panther, but I've never really committed to the series. Would you recommend a particular story or trade for someone just getting started?

Conseula said...

Maybe Brian will have a different answer for this, but Reginald Hudlin has been writing Black Panther for the last 3 or 4 years and we've been enjoying it a lot. There are several trade collections out now. He oversaw the wedding of T'Challa and Sotrm and he's currently writing the story in which the new Black Panther seems to be a woman.