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Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet
Introduced by Walter Mosley
Artwork by Brian Stelfreeze
Artwork by Brian Stelfreeze
Written by award-winning author and commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet showcases one of Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes. Folio is proud to publish this groundbreaking tale featuring art by Brian Stelfreeze and an introduction by novelist Walter Mosley.
‘A subversive way of looking at Black Panther and long overdue.’
- The Guardian
Discover the saga that sank its claws into a new generation of graphic novel readers. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet presents all twelve issues of the groundbreaking series written by National Book Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. Featuring T’Challa, the Black Panther – scientist, Super Hero and ruler of the Afrofuturist state of Wakanda – this is a story that heralded a more diverse, more politically astute age of Super Hero comics. Walter Mosley, one of the most respected novelists in America, provides an incisive and heartfelt introduction to this complex drama about T’Challa’s responsibilities as a hero and his obligations to his people. Following the success of Folio’s Marvel Age and Marvel Heroes series, this majestic slipcased edition also features award-winning sequential art by veteran comic-book artist Brian Stelfreeze in a graphic novel truly fit for a king of Marvel Comics.
Bound in blocked laminated paper
Prelims set in Miller with Benton Sans as display
296 pages printed 4 colour throughout
Metallic foil blocked slipcase
10½˝ x 7˝
‘In his five- year run of Black Panther, Mr Coates has tried to understand our love of tyranny contrasted with our desire for freedom; the betrayal of our hearts in spite of the love we feel for our blood.’
- Walter Mosley from his Introduction
Created by Marvel legends Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, Black Panther first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966, a month after the American Civil Rights Movement’s ‘March Against Fear’ brought the notion of Black Power to the nation’s attention. The first Black Super Hero to appear in American comics, Black Panther was not the secret identity, but the ceremonial title of T’Challa, ruler and protector of Wakanda. Though a man of preternatural senses and athletic prowess, T’Challa’s chief weapon was his prodigious intellect; he was both Super Hero and statesman. Published 50 years later in 2016, during the final months of the Obama administration, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet finds the Wakandan ruler facing a rebellion by his own people. The King himself must hunt down the superhuman insurgents responsible, knowing that should he fall in battle his entire nation will fall with him. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the conflict between the individual and the state, between Black tradition and Black autonomy.
Artist Brian Stelfreeze won a prestigious Glyph Award in 2017 for this saga’s intense, dynamic artwork, with vibrant colours by Laura Martin. Their vision of Wakanda is open to further exploration in this edition, thanks to a detailed map devised by Ta-Nehisi Coates in collaboration with Marvel designer Manny Mederos. Hidebound in supple Balathane Algora, the book itself presents a blind-blocked cover image of T’Challa in brooding silhouette with gleaming silver highlights. Sinuous tribal designs in T’Challa’s signature black and purple envelop the blind-blocked slipcase. One of the most important Marvel comics of recent years, this is a graphic novel from an author and commentator whom The Washington Post named ‘one of the most important Black minds of a generation’. In Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Ta-Nehisi Coates brings a penetrating and authentic voice to one of the most resonant Marvel Super Heroes of the 21st century.
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