Introduction - Black Panther
For 2018, Marvel has slated six new comic books led by black writers and artists, including
Spider-Man: Miles Morales by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Pulido;
Black Panther: Long Live The King by Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero;
Angela: Queen of Hel by Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto,
Stephanie Hans; Black Widow by Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna;
Damage Control: Clean Up On Aisle 4! by Dwayne McDuffie et al.
America – 7byTa-Nehisi Coates And John Romita Jr.
This team-up shows that Marvel not only wants to continue showing diversity through different characters but through creators as well.
He sees his role not just as chairman of the Black Panthers but also as a spokesperson for what he describes as the natural evolution of this movement. And yet he feels that it is still very much about political activism: It’s important because we have been denied our democratic rights since colonization.
Becoming the Black Panther
As Black Panther, he wields superhuman strength (able to bench press 1,000 lbs), speed (can run up to 60 mph), agility, durability, and reflexes; is an Olympic-level athlete; can change into a black panther at will;
possesses enhanced senses including night vision and animal senses; has fluency in multiple languages including English and Japanese; can create powerful energy shields around himself or other people.
Black Panther has an arsenal of advanced technology at his disposal including Vibranium claws (stronger than adamantium) that can cut through virtually any metal or substance imaginable; handheld devices capable of emitting powerful magnetic fields or electric currents;
Vibranium armor is designed for stealth purposes that absorb any kinetic energy directed toward him while protecting him from high-caliber bullets.