Monthly Archives: May 2010

MAY 2010 SOLICITATIONS- Black Superhero edition

THUNDERBOLTS #144
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by KEV WALKER
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Heroic Age Variant by LARRY STROMAN
THE HEROIC AGE IS HERE!
The new era for Marvel’s always-evolving, always controversial team kicks off here! It’s a beginning, a return, a departure, and an arrival of a new artist (MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 & 4’s Kev Walker) all rolled into one in a fresh, shocking status quo! The most dangerous people on Earth are now all in one hellish prison, and the only way out is through rehabilitation and contribution to society via The Thunderbolts…under the leadership of the steel-hard-skinned Avenger named Luke Cage! So bring on the first participants: Juggernaut! Crossbones! Ghost! Moonstone! And…Man-Thing? Against the sordid recent history of the group as a black ops kill squad, can Power Man restore the Thunderbolts to their rightful potential? Find out as the entire series is revamped, and also discover why ComicsBulletin.com says: “Jeff Parker writes villains with his typical panache…This is why I read comic books.”
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #48
On sale MAY 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by TONY BEDARD • Art by ARDIAN SYAF • Cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI
BRIGHTEST DAY shines its light on a new “Emerald Dawn”! In the wake of BLACKEST NIGHT, the Green Lantern Corps Honor Guard has expanded to include John Stewart and former Guardian Ganthet. Can the new immortal Green Lantern and the legendary Marine help Kyle Rayner suppress the growing threat within their ranks? Featuring up-and-coming artist Ibraim Roberson!

ASTONISHING X-MEN: XENOGENESIS #1 (of 5)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art & Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Foilogram Variant Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
THE HEROIC AGE IS HERE!
The superstar team of Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews (SPIDER-MAN: REIGN) take X-Men into the Heroic Age!
Something’s happening in the tiny East African city of Mbangwi. Something that requires immediate investigation. A newborn sprouts metal electrodes and explodes, taking out an entire hospital. Is this the first wave of mutant rebirth that the X-Men have been praying for…or something very, very different? Something sinister? Starring Storm.
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

TITANS: VILLAINS FOR HIRE SPECIAL #1
On sale MAY 12 • 56 pg, FC, $4.99 US
Written by ERIC WALLACE • Art and cover by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO
1:25 Variant cover by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO
It’s a new team and direction for the Titans! Deathstroke and his mercenary team including Cheshire, Tattooed Man and other surprise members burst out of BRIGHTEST DAY #0! Get in on the ground floor here as the team is hired to assassinate The Atom! And for this team, failure is not an option!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.

CAPTAIN AMERICA/BLACK PANTHER: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS #2 (of 4)
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Pencils & Cover by DENYS COWAN
For the first time ever, see the full story of the first meeting of Captain America and the Black Panther! It’s a World War Two adventure featuring a young Steve Rogers, the Black Panther and Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos in combat with the nastiest Nazi villains in the Marvel Universe- Baron Strucker & the Red Skull!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AZRAEL #8
On sale MAY 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA • Art by RAMON BACHS & JOHN STANISCI
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
Azrael follows a deadly series of attacks on Order of Purity members to Europe where he confronts members of a cult who escaped Gotham City in the 2009 Bat-family Annuals. To learn secrets behind his cursed uniform, will Azrael be forced to act as the host for the resurrected Eighth Deadly Sin of Man?

GIRL COMICS #3 (of 3)
Written by COLLEEN COOVER, KELLY SUE DECONNICK, ABBY DENSON, LEA HERNANDEZ, Marjorie Liu, ANN NOCENTI, CARLA SPEED MCNEIL & MORE
Penciled by COLLEEN COOVER, MOLLY CRABAPPLE, CARLA SPEED MCNEIL, EMMA VIECELI & MORE
Cover by JO CHEN
The final issue is here, and you won’t want to miss out on the event of the year comes as these acclaimed creators take on everything from Marvel romance to Marvel horror! Join the celebration with veteran creators of both classic Marvel and indie comics, including Marjorie Liu (DARK WOLVERINE), Ann Nocenti (DAREDEVIL) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder). Starring Storm
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

OUTSIDERS #30
On sale MAY 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by DAN DIDIO
Art by PHILIP TAN & JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
Due to their alliance with New Krypton, the Outsiders are “enemies of the world,” and with Alfred unable to help, Black Lightning and team must turn to an unlikely source for aid in returning back into the United States. But the dangers there may be greater than the ones they face now.

DAREDEVIL: CAGE MATCH #1
Written by ANTONY JOHNSTON
Pencils by Sean Chen
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Before the Shadowland comes, we look back at a bit of brutal history between Luke Cage and Daredevil, revealing a mutual respect that may soon be torn asunder.
32 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+…$2

DOOMWAR #4 (of 6)
Written by JONATHAN MABERRY
Penciled by SCOT EATON
Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Heroic Age Variant by KHOI PHAM

So far, Doctor Doom has won every round. With an army of indestructible shock troops, a horde of enhanced super-villains, and a new and terrifying level of personal power at his disposal, Doom is ready to crush the Fantastic Four, Storm and the Panthers for good. The only chance our heroes have to survive Doom’s deadly game is to change the rules. Enter: Deadpool.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

X-FACTOR #205
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by VALENTINE DE LANDRO
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
Heroic Age Variant by TBA
A SECOND COMING TIE-IN!
The mutant hunter Bastion has sent the Mutant Response Division and the newly resurrected Bolivar Trask after X-Factor with one mission: Kill them all. And it seems thus far that all is going according to plan. Meanwhile in the jungles of South America, Strong Guy has to form an extremely unlikely alliance if he wants to save Monet from the MRD. Starring Monet
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99


Black Panther-T’challa

T'challa The King of the Dead

T’challa The King of the Dead

Created by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

1st appearance: Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966)

Notes: T’challa is the 1st black superhero in history as well as the first African superhero.

Nationality: Wakandan

Alias: King T’Challa, King of Wakanda, The Client, His Majesty, Black Leopard, Ukatana, Lucas “Luke” Charles, Coal Tiger, Nubian Prince, The Panther of Wakanda, The Man Without Fear, Mr. Okonkwo, King of the Dead

Team Affiliations: Avengers

Legal Status: Diplomatic immunity as a head of state

Weight: 185 lbs    Height: 6’

Eyes: Brown        Hair: Black

Relatives:Bashenga (ancestor),Chanda (Ancestor), Azzari the Wise (GrandFather),  S’yan (Uncle),  T’chaka (father, deceased), Ramonda (step mother),   Shuri (1/2 sister), White Wolf (adopted brother), Jakara  (1/2 brother, deceased),  Storm (Ex-Wife),  T’shan (Cousin).

Alternate reality offspring: T’chana, Panther/T’chaka, T’charra, Twari, T’chaka, unnamed son and Azari (Sons),  Sh’ri, Sky Panther, Faida, the Unnamed twins (daughters)

Skills and abilities: Accomplished gymnast and acrobat, master of various African martial arts and a world-class fighter. He is an Olympic level athlete in every known field, thus a peak human. Also an expert tracker. T’challa is also one of the ten smartest men in marvel comics and has a genius intellect. He’s also a master strategist and leader.

Powers: When using the heart-shaped herb all his abilities are enhanced to superhuman levels, though he has to ingest the herb every year to maintain this. With the herb his eyes take on a feline appearance and he has a psionic connection to the Panther god Bast.

Technology: Bulletproof Vibranium weave suit. impact-and sound-absorbing Vibranium soled shoes allowing him to walk up walls and leap and land great distances. Retractable Vibranium claws with anti metal vibranium properties allowing him to cut through all other known metals including adamantium. Also energy daggers.

Biography

Early Life

The Black Panther is descended from a long line of same named warriors who have led Wakanda a technologically advanced African state with a monarchy as older than recorded time. T’challa was born to king T’chaka and his wife N’yami after years of trying to have a child of their own and adopting the orphan Hunter. His mother died in childbirth and his father married his second wife Ramonda. She grew T’challa as though he was her own and soon gave birth to his sister Shuri. As a young boy T’challa witnessed his father assassinated by Ulysses Klaw. Since he was not old enough to assume the throne his uncle S’yan ruled in his stead. A rivalry between himself and his cousin T’shan over who would rule  next also developed.

As he came of age and went on his ‘walkabout” he met and fell in love with future X-men leader and goddess Storm who was at the time a thief. They also shared their first intimate experience together. Duty however caused him to leave her side and return to Wakanda. Knowing his people were highly Xenophobic and suspicious of outsiders he chose to study in a foreign land to teach them trust and tolerance. While in America accompanied by bodyguard Zuri he had many relationships most notably and long-lasting however was with singer Monica Lynne.

Life as King

When he returned to Wakanda at the end of his studies he challenged his uncle S’yan for leadership and won. Thus he became the Black Panther and set out to fix various problems he saw with his society. He immediately disbanded the Hatut Zeraze and exiled its leader Hunter and all his men. T’challa also expanded the ranks of the Dora Milaje to ensure peace between rival tribes. He arranged for younger wakandan scholars to go to other countries to study and learn in hopes of minimizing Xenophobia.

T’challa battled and defeated the Fantastic four infiltrates the Avengers to assess their threat level faced usurper Eric Killmonger and his band of rebels ;including Malice, Sombre, Madame Slay, Lord Karnaj, Salamander Krule, Baron Macabre; the Ku Klux Klan and apartheid in Africa. He also fights off the Man-Ape and 1/2 brother Jakarra who tried to supplant him as leader and a later assassination attempt by Soloman Prey. T’challa also funded the super team Fantastic Force which housed fellow Wakandan Vibraxis. When he returns to America to solve a murder he befriends agent Everette Ross, fights off another attempted coup by Achebe and Killmonger before handing over ruling of the country to the council and setting up Kasper Cole as his agent in the Americas.

Marriage and Fall from grace

Returning home again he rekindled his love with Storm and eventually they wed as civil war rages in America. Together they lead the Fantastic Four among other things and dealing with an increasingly Xenophobic Wakandan population. He is severely injured by Dr. Doom and was succeeded by his sister Shuri who became the newest Black Panther. He is only able to escape death when his wife risks her own life to rescue him from oblivion.Together they battled Dr. Doom who threatened the world by stealing their nations Vibranium. In the aftermath of that battle Wakanda is left bereft of it’s highly advanced technology built by Vibranium. T’challa is no longer the Black Panther and he has decided to leave his nation to “test” himself in Daredevil’s former stomping grounds in Hell’s Kitchen. After months in America as a vigilante he faces off and defeats Kingpin who tried to usurp Wakandan lands with the help of the hand. He returns to Wakanda while receiving marriage counseling with Storm who had joined the Avengers.

In the Necropolis, the Wakandan city of the dead he is granted great power and knowledge by Bast the Panther God who has him abdicate his throne to become the Black Panther, King of the dead while his sister becomes Queen of Wakanda.

During Avengers vs X-men he sided with the Avengers while she sided with the X-men putting them in direct conflict. When her ally Namor flooded the Wakandan capital she was branded a traitor and criminal and their marriage annulled. Still in love but now apart they have both vowed to remain friends but move on with their lives. T’challa later reforms the Illuminati along with Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Beast, Mr. Fantastic and Namor, Wakandan public enemy number one. Despite this alliance he plans to kill Namor after they manage to save existence.


Black Heroes Begins!

Are you hungry to see more black superheroes in mainstream entertainment? Not what we are currently subject to? Do you want to see black Superheroes that reflect our true identity, our ideals, what we stand for? To this end this blog will highlight the many black superheroes out there even independent comics which normally go unheard of. The term “Black” will be used loosely to describe those of African descent and dark skin tone regardless of their location or denomination.

This facebook group will coincide with the launch!


Reginald Hudlin (Writer)

Date of Birth: December 15, 1961

Before comics

Reginald Hudlin was a comic loving geek who grew up in Centreville, Illinois. Reggie’s favorite superheroes were the Black Panther and Spider-Man. After High School he attended the prestigious Harvard where he studied film and directing. His movie House Party was based on his Harvard film school these making him one of the few film students to launch a successful film career right off the bat.

After the success of House Party he went on to direct “Boomerang” Starring Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry, ‘The Great White Hype” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Berg, Damon Wayans,and Jamie Fox,” The Ladies Man” starring Tim Meadows and  ”Saving Sarah” starring  Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley.

Comic career

Reggie entered the world of comics in 2005 as series writer for what was supposed to be a Black Panther limited series. The success of the opening arc “Who is the Black Panther” lead marvel to turn the series into an ongoing.  His run was marked for having mixed reviews and reception from fans though to his credit he had the highest single issue sales in Black Panther History (see detailed info on our sales figures page) and even at it’s lowest it sold more than the lowest of Christopher Priest’s run.

Other notable comic writing credits include “Marvel Knights: Spider-Man”, “Black Panther and Captain America: Flags of our fathers” and “Black Panther: Deadliest of the species

Other Notable accomplishments

Reggie was also the first President of Entertainment for BET(Black Entertainment Television) from 2005-20009. The strength of his Black Panther run lead to a six episode one season spanning BET motion comic series based on “who is the Black Panther”.

Reggie has directing credits on “Everybody hates Chris” and the “Bernie Mac show”. He also has a “Glyph fan award for Best Comic” in 2007.

Interviews

Read our indepth interview with Reggie as we discuss all things Black Panther


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