Top Three Essential Black Panther Reads To Get You Familiar With Wakanda

Welcome to Wakanda.

By now everyone should be on their way to see Black Panther in theaters now.

The Black Panther is one of Marvel’s oldest heroes — the first black hero in mainstream comic books and one of the industry’s most radical ever. It is the first mainstream Afro-futurism film to hit theaters ever.   Now that the character is making his big-screen debut, now is a good time to go back and look at some of the Black Panther’s graphic novels. Here are the top three Black Panther’s graphic novels you can find anywhere books are sold.

Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection Vol. 2

Priest’s run opened in New York City, but Black Panther eventually made his way back to Wakanda, where he faced off against Erik Killmonger, a villain who’s as complex and tragic as any in the Marvel canon. By this point, Priest had established T’Challa as a brilliant, nearly unbeatable hero, so it’s saying something that “Killmonger’s Rage” successfully set its titular antagonist up as a worthy adversary, Black Panther’s physical and intellectual rival. Michael B. Jordan is playing Killmonger in the movie, and this is your best bet for prepping yourself on just what makes him such an intriguing foe.

Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther

Reginald Hudlin’s run is more traditionally superhero-esque in nature than many other titles on this list, featuring costumed villains and super guest stars like the X-Men and Namor. It also introduces a number of characters who’ve become key players in the Black Panther’s life (like his sister Shuri) and tells what has now become the definitive origin story. It’s a good entry point into the Black Panther’s world, and contains some great art by the reliably terrific superhero comic book legend John Romita Jr. If you’re completely unfamiliar with the Black Panther and are just looking for an introduction to Wakanda, this is for you.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet – Book 1

Ta-Nehisi Coates  was already on the shortlist for best living writers in America when it was announced that he’d be taking the reins of Black Panther, with art by the excellent Bryan Stelfreeze. It’s a more cerebral run, profoundly interested in politics, religion, history and, above all, the question of power: How do good people wield it without being corrupted by it? This is heady stuff, but it’s couched in a story of Wakandan insurrection and an attempt at a coup, which helps it go down easily. Coates’ run also makes wonderful use of the many women in T’Challa’s life — from his sister to his mother to his all-female royal guard, the Dora Milaje — giving them real characterization and utility outside of their connection to the book’s star.

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Francia Raisa Reveals She Couldn’t Move For Two Months After Giving Her Kidney To Selena Gomez

This sounds so difficult!

Selena Gomez‘s BFF Francia Raisa went through hell during a recovery process that saw her slowly nurse back to health after giving up a kidney to Selena last year.

Related: Selena On How The Kidney Transplant Defined Her

The Grown-ish actress revealed how her recovery process really went down during an interview with Harry Connick Jr., for an upcoming appearance on his daytime talk show Harry, according to media reports that gained access to the interview beforehand.

In the interview, Raisa revealed that she basically didn’t move for two straight months after the operation, saying (below):

“I couldn’t do anything active. All I could do was walk. That was very hard for me, and I have a dog. Every day the thing I look forward to is drinking my coffee, and walking, and I couldn’t do that. It was really, really hard.”


Of course, the end result is something great: Selena is healthy, Francia has recovered from the surgery, and all’s well that ends well, perhaps.

But that’s a long few months of recovery immediately after the operation, and definitely a difficult thing for both girls to go through at the time — and live through again, looking back now.

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