When an award-winning author on African-American identity takes on one of the most famous (and currently particularly visible) black characters in comics, the expectation level is set sky-high. Black Panther #1 from a couple of months ago sets the scene for an extended, and clearly multi-faceted, story which author Ta-Nehisi Coates clearly approaches with no suggestion he's planning on dumbing down for comics. Together with artistic collaborators Brian Stelfreeze and Laura Martin, he kicks off with a first issue that jumps straight into politics, relationships, history and tradition, and some good old-fashioned fisticuffs to keep things moving. How does it all stack up? Listen and find out.
July 22, 2016
And in honour of Coates' transition to comics from other writing fields, Jared's 3&1 is on exactly that - authors who made their name elsewhere first. No spoilers, but his selected Worst One Ever has been mentioned on the show before. And he's right - he's a terrible, terrible comic writer.