Black Panther Comics: Where to Start?
Lots of you have been tweeting and asking us for comic recommendations, so we’re making a few go-to posts on the subject. This first one is for those who are brand new to the character and/or his books!
Black Panther (1998) #1-5: For many fans, this run showcases the definitive Black Panther. Christopher Priest turned the character back into the man he was when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced him in the Fantastic Four. He reminded readers that T’Challa always has a plan. The first five issues spend a fair amount of time explaining his origin, so you can jump right into the story and typically anything that would be confusing is explained by the narrator or a flashback.
Black Panther (2005) #1-6: This is T’Challa’s most recent solo run and the first six issues actually take place as he’s becoming the Black Panther. So it’s another great choice if you’re starting from scratch. Opinions on this run as a whole vary greatly, but you should give it a shot and decide on your own!
Avengers (1963) #87: Though not all considered canon anymore, this issue of the Avengers offers more details about T’Challa’s teen/young adult years than most other versions of his origin. The story is told by T’Challa himself, who is sharing it with a few other Avengers for the first time.
Check back later for more recommendations!