Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had hoped this second volume of Black Panther would find writer Ta-Nehisi Coates getting his comics legs under him, but that hasn't quite happened yet. The storylines seem overly convoluted and not meshing together terribly well. At the same time, there are individual spots of goodness--the introduction of the Crew, featuring Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Storm; and Shuri's story, which seems to be a bit more cohesive than the rest of the book (and especially her final panel, showing her in a costume that looked like it could be straight out of the movie). Chris Sprouse takes over as artist from Brian Stelfreeze, and at least the quality of the art remains high. But T'challa's storyline seemed to be dragging, only coming to life when the Crew arrived.
There was an interesting snippet of one of Coates' scripts in the back, along with a reprint of one of the older Black Panther comics (which I didn't care for at all. Talk about melodramatic and contrived). Ta-Nehisi Coates' thoughtful, introspective Black Panther is a much better character. Ta-Nehisi Coates just needs to get a tighter grip on the art of storytelling.
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