WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS up to Rise of the Black Panther #3
The new Rise of the Black Panther comic announces Wakanda to the world, showing what would happen AFTER the movie's final scene. With Black Panther dominating the box office, Marvel is turning even more of their attention towards the character. Luckily, the anticipated success of the film means a number of ongoing books beyond Ta-Nehisi Coates' main title. Now approaching its third issue, Evan Narcisse's Rise of the Black Panther is retelling T'Challa's origin - and revisiting some of his biggest hero and villain encounters from his history.
Last issue, Black Panther and Namor's first fight and subsequent team-up were shown, and T'Challa moved one step closer to opening Wakanda to the world. Interestingly, we've seen the same thing unfold in the MCU as the new king is attempting to spread the wealth of Wakanda beyond its borders. We'll have to wait until at least Avengers: Infinity War to know how this approach works on the big screen, but the prequel comic prepares fans for how the Marvel Universe will react.
We have an exclusive preview of Rise of the Black Panther #3 which follows up on the public reveal seen last issue. The opening of the book details how the world (and especially S.H.I.E.L.D.) takes the news that a highly advanced society has been secretly operating in the heart of Africa for thousands of years. What's more, we get a taste of how some of Marvel's biggest heroes and villains will react to Wakanda going public.
Take a look at the preview pages below:
Naturally, Fury isn't at all surprised about the existence of Wakanda and the Black Panther. A few heroes have interacted with the nation and its various kings over the years, including the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America. But legendary bigot Senator Kelly isn't too pleased when he hears the news. Meanwhile, Agents Sitwell and Woo are scrambling to respond as a series of world leaders are given Mission: Impossible-style invites to the reclusive kingdom. With the Avengers and Fantastic Four occupied, Tony Stark sends in his 'bodyguard' Iron Man.
The snapshot of the period in Marvel history when Tony Stark wasn't known to be Iron Man and Wakanda was just coming on the map is fascinating, and the comic teases how the Watcher, Luke Cage, Namor, and, most ominously, Doctor Doom react to the news. The rest of the comic also promises to bring Iron Man and the Winter Soldier face to face with T'Challa. But most exciting of all is an MIT student who claims he can now go home...
The end of last month's issue hinted that Erik Killmonger was getting a new origin story, as one of many Wakandans kidnapped during a failed invasion. He was also the only one not to be recovered, and it would appear that he ended up in America where he studied at MIT (like in the film and original comics). We'll have to wait and see if more MCU elements will be added to his updated backstory, but the rest of the 6-issue miniseries promises some exciting developments in the history of Black Panther.
Check out a full synopsis for the issue below:
RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER (2018) #3
Published: March 7, 2018
Writer: Evan Narcisse, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art: Paul Renaud, Stēphane Paitreau
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Against the wishes of his tribal council, the Black Panther unveils his country to the globe. But will T’Challa’s faith in humanity bring ruin on his resource-rich home? The new king will quickly find his invitation brings unexpected guests. What is the Winter Soldier doing in Africa?!
Rise of the Black Panther #3 will be available March 7, 2018 from Marvel and comic book retailers.