Reading the best Black Panther comics is cheaper than a movie ticket

Feb 01, 2018
Coates and Stelfreeze on "Black Panther" (2016) (Marvel Comics)

It’s well established that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not all that closely related to whatever has gone on or will go on in the comic books published by Marvel.

However, there’s also no getting around the fact that the MCU have always taken characters, plot points, situations and relationships straight from the comics.

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Which is to say, you don’t have to read the comics to understand the movies (that is a given by now) but it doesn’t hurt to flip through them, not to mention the fact that, well, comics are awesome.

So it’s kinda fantastic to see that Amazon is in one of its “let’s slash prices on Marvel graphic novels and collections for the Kindle” moods.

Want to read Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brain Stelfreeze’s contemporary “Black Panther,” which started in 2016?  

Volumes 1 to 3, which each contain about 144 of comics, are only $1.80 each.

The “World of Wakanda” mini-series written by Coates and Roxanne Gay? $2.20.

Priest and Texeria on "Black Panther" back in the late 1990s (Marvel Comics)

In the mood for Christopher J Priest and various artists (but mostly Mark Texeira’s) ground-breaking, character defining 1998-2003 run? (Priest came up with, among other things, Everett K. Ross, played in the movie by Martin Freeman, as well as the Dora Milaje, the women warriors who act as T’Challa’s bodyguards.) 

The first volume (17 issues, 416 pages) is $6.

McGregor/Graham on "Jungle Action" (Note: this panel not actually in jungle) (Marvel Comics)

How about Don McGregor and Billy Graham’s visionary 1970s Black Panther story, “Panther’s Rage,” considered by many fans and creators to be “a masterclass in serial storytelling?” That is only $5.

Check out the sale here.

“Rise of the Black Panther,” the current mini-series written by Austin writer Evan Narcisse, has not yet been collected but you can find a digital version of the first issue here.