Black Panther is so close to releasing proper, and well, it’s fair to say that the excitement’s spreading everywhere. It’s a momentous event in the superhero calendar, and with Ryan Coogler’s film garnering praise right across the board, it looks as though Marvel have yet another critical success on their hands (not that we’d have expected otherwise).
The film itself, like other Marvel productions, also offers a potential avenue for fans of the character to really get invested in his actual comic books. Since being introduced in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, T’Challa has always been right at the centre of the Marvel Universe; he’s one of the publisher’s foremost superheroes, boasting an intellect to rival Reed Richards’, a skill-set that ranks alongside the very best fighters on the planet and the kind of personality that’s impossible not to get behind.
He’s a leader in every sense of the word, and while comics themselves are notoriously difficult to get into, the Panther’s bibliography is among the most accessible – and one of the best – out there.
10. The Ultimates: Omniversal
Although The Ultimates share their name from the Marvel team from the Ultimate Universe, the group is a mainstream, 616 (main Marvel continuity) creation. It’s also a great team, fronted by none other than Black Panther himself.
Comprised of the Wakandan King, Blue Marvel, Captain Marvel, Miss America and Spectrum, the Al Ewing book was one of the most exciting titles released under the All-New, All-Different banner back in 2015. It also took a tried and tested premise of making the team a preemptive, off-the-books force (drawn along the lines of the Secret Avengers and X-Force), which made them more proactive, less reactive.
The comic, drawn by Kenneth Rocafort, was cosmic to its core, with the first story-arc revolving around the team dealing with a resurgent Galactus. The book was subsequently derailed by two separate event comics, each one successively worse than the last (Civil War II and Secret Empire the culprits in question), but that first arc by Ewing and Rocafort was a fantastic, if not bittersweet, reminder of its potential.