A Novel of the Marvel Universe Black Panther
Who is the Black Panther
by Jesse J. Holland
To celebrate the release of the Black Panther movie today I read a novel I have had in my collection since Christmas of 2017. I have been excited to read this book, I have collected comics since I was a child, and that collection includes a large number of Black Panther comics.
Honestly when I firs got this book I thought it was a graphic novel, but when I opened it up to see a novelization I was ecstatic.
For ten centuries, a line of fierce warrior-kings has kept the remote African nation of Wakanda safe from colonial powers. T’Challa, known as the Black Panther, is the latest of those kings-a hero endowed with enhanced speed, strength, and agility, along with a suit made of Vibranium, the rare metal at the heart of Wakanda’s wealth and technological achievement.
Now outsiders have returned to plunder Wakanda’s riches. Leading this brutal assault is Klaw, an assassin with the blood of T’Challa’s father on his hands. Klaw brings with him a powerful army of super-powered mercenaries, all hell-bent on bringing death and destruction to the pristine land. Even with the assembled might of Wakanda and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against such as massive invading force?
Yes you might have already known some of this information, but if you only know Black Panther from the MCU you may not understand how much of a true hero he is. He is more than just a king turned super hero. In the comics he is so much more, and this book delves into the story more so then a few story board pages in a graphic novel is able to.
This novel paints a broader picture of the Warrior King.
The novel is based off a graphic novel, meaning the story was already made, the author merely filled in the pictures with words. This left a lot of room for error and interpretation.
I felt that while some of T’Challa’s supernatural powers were hinted at in the novel, they were not as well explained as they have been in the comics. This is also an error of the MCU, they have attributed most of his abilities to science and left the rest up for the viewer’s imagination. While the new Black Panther movie brings in the myth of the Heart Shaped Herb, it does not explain its gifts as well as it could.
The author could have used this novel as an opportunity to expand on the history of the Black Panther and Wakanda, I feel that this was missed, and focused more on T’Challa’s story.
As someone who loves the comics and graphic novels of Black Panther it was fun to read a book version of these same stories.
I loved that there was mention of some of his abilities in the book. They also expanded on some of the other characters that are in the comics, such and T’Challa’s sister, his wife and his body guards. These are amazing strong women who while having no supernatural powers themselves are still able to hold their own in a warrior society.
I would recommend this book to fans of the comics as well as those who want to learn more about the characters of the Black Panther universe but aren’t big on reading graphic novels.
I would also recommend going and seeing the movie Black Panther. The movie was amazing!