Like many, I was shocked and saddened by the news of Chadwick Boseman’s passing last month. I enjoyed his performances as Black Panther in the Marvel movies, especially his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. It got me thinking about the Black Panther comic book, a title I’ve never read. I’ve only read Fantastic Four issue #52 (July 1966) in which the character made his debut, penned by the legendary creative combo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
I have heard very good things about Christopher Priest’s run on Black Panther from 1998 to 2003. It’s a book I’ve been wanting to try for a while. So, I was delighted to hear that the single issues of Priest’s run are currently available for free on both Comixology and Amazon Kindle. I don’t know how long the offer will last but you can pick up all 62 digital issues right now for no charge. It’s a great opportunity to read what is considered to be the definitive run on the Black Panther title.
I also found a fascinating article about Christopher Priest on Vulture.com which I recommend to anyone interested in comics and comic book writers. He has a compelling story to tell and it’s a great read. Here is the link: The Man Who Made Black Panther Cool.
EDIT: I’ve now read the first four issues of Priest’s Black Panther and it is really, really good. I’m not quite sold on the art yet, but my biggest surprise is just how funny it is. I plan on posting a review in the near future. Recommended!
Thanks for reading!