Total Nerd The Best Black Panther Storylines in Comics  

Stephan Roget
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Black Panther has always been an underrated and important Marvel character, and the list of Black Panther’s greatest adventures proves that. As one of the first and most prominent black superheroes ever created, the best Black Panther comics are not just good reads, they hold some serious cultural significance. Black Panther stories have a tendency to explore major societal themes, blending action and adventure with political intrigue and social issues. King T’Challa is at his best when his comics are making the reader think, along with entertaining them.

Black Panther made his debut in July of 1966, having been created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the godfathers of Marvel Comics. T’Challa first appeared in Fantastic Four #52, but since then he’s been just as associated with the Avengers as he has with Marvel’s first family. Nearly as significant as the invention of Black Panther was the invention of his homeland, the fictional nation of Wakanda, which remains one of the most progressive depictions of an African nation to ever appear in a comic book.

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Secret Wars


Secret Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Panther Storylines in Comics
Photo:  Marvel Comics

Issues: Secret Wars #1-9

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Esad Ribic

The events of Secret Wars acted as a culmination of Jonathan Hickman’s multi-year run on the Avengers’ titles, and it set the table for the future of the entire Marvel Universe. Taking place on a planet controlled by Doctor Doom after the death of the multiverse, Secret Wars sees the Black Panther getting his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet and taking the fight right back to Doom, in an epic clash of the marvelous monarchs.

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Killmonger’s Rage


Killmonger’s Rage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Panther Storylines in Comics
Photo:  Marvel Comics

Issues: Black Panther #16-20

Writer: Christopher Priest

Artist: Sal Velluto

A spiritual successor to Panther’s Rage, this story arc explores the long-burning rivalry between Black Panther and Eric Killmonger, his greatest enemy. Once again, the legitimacy of T’Challa’s monarchy is called into question, and once again, he proves himself as the true and rightful King of Wakanda.

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Enemy Of The State II


Enemy Of The State II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Panther Storylines in Comics
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Issues: Black Panther #41-45

Writer: Christopher Priest

Artist: Sal Velluto

A sequel to an earlier Black Panther arc by Christopher Priest, this tale brings T’Challa into conflict with Tony Stark, with two of the mightiest minds in the Marvel Universe going head-to-head. Black Panther and Iron Man are perfectly matched in a multitude of facets, and Wolverine gets involved in their dispute to make things even more interesting.

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Enemy Of The State


Enemy Of The State is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Panther Storylines in Comics
Photo:  Marvel Comics

Issues: Black Panther #6-12

Writer: Christopher Priest

Artist: Joe Jusko

Some of the best Black Panther stories are the ones that prove he’s on a different level than most Marvel superheroes, and that’s exactly what Enemy of the State does. When the United States government takes action against Wakanda, it puts T’Challa into conflict with a number of American superheroes, and he handles himself extremely well against dozens of other superheroes.

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