I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Friday, February 24, 2017

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book One by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze

As Ayo, King T'Challa's sister puts it "Wakanda is in chaos...roads are infested with robbers. Farmers are cut down in their own fields. Villainy rules. Justice is a slave. Your daughter Shuri, our Queen has vanished. Our returned King rules from a shaky throne. This house has fallen. No one is coming to save us. And so we must save ourselves." Ayo's lover, Aneka is being sentenced to die for killing a Chieftain who was mistreating women and girls in a village and would not stop even after she had spoken to him about it. Ayo's mother is insisting that she be put to death as that is the punishment.  Ayo, however, has other plans and breaks her out of prison using a prototype called Midnight Angel that gives the wearer protection as armor.  She brings the other one that they have with her too for Aneka to wear and the two go on a hunting spree to rescue the women and children from evil Chieftains.

Meanwhile, T'Challa is dealing with the fact that his countrymen are turning against him and part of this is due to a deceiver who has somehow managed to bring out the hate and anger in his people.  T'Challa, the Black Panther, can track anyone down, but this deceiver is proving difficult.  The deceiver is working with the Nigandians who border Wakanda and want to take over.  They need to topple the King to do this. The Black Panther goes up against the deceiver and has to walk away because she fights inside his head working on his darkest fears.

T'Challa is also trying to find a way to bring his sister back. She rests in a chamber in one of the labs.  While she rests, she goes on a visit to Djalia, the plane of ancient memory with the Mother of all things. In this vision, she finds out her true purpose.

This book is very complex, plot-wise.  There is a lot more going on than I am listing here and so many twists and turns you'll get whiplash.  It's almost too hard to follow. Almost, but not quite. The colors are very vivid and leap off of the page. They are mostly dark which suits the mood of the book. The drawing of the scene when the Black Panther faces the deceiver for the first time is stunning.  Overall this is an amazing comic and I can't wait to read volume two.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Panther-Nation-Under-2016-ebook/dp/B01JT4A2DW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487944966&sr=1-1&keywords=black+panther+a+nation+under+our+feet+book+1

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