Black Panther - Do Your Homework

Black Panther Book 1

Posted on February 20, 2018 - 12:17pm

Have you seen the hot new movie, Black Panther yet? If not, settle in for a little fun homework! Check out Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 (issues #1-4), written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Hoopla digital edition; print edition). 

Black Panther broke box office records for Presidents Day weekend releases this year. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler, the first black director of a Marvel film, and stars Chadwick Boseman, the first black character to headline a Marvel universe movie. I am excited to see it next date night, but wanted to read about T’challa before seeing the big screen adaptation.

T’Challa returns to the secret African nation of Wakanda after the death of his father to claim his throne. However, Erik Killmonger also arrives to take power and spark a global revolution. I am excited to see what an all-star cast and healthy dose of CGI brings to the story--shhh…no spoilers, please!

I read the collection of the first four issues on Hoopla* over my lunch breaks last week. Because Hoopla allows simultaneous users, I was able to access the book as soon as I wanted it. (There is no need to put Hoopla items on hold!) I chose to experience the story panel-by-panel, but users can also read pages as a whole. I have the Hoopla app on both my iPad and smart phone, so I can pick up wherever I leave off on either device.

Although this is my first time reading Black Panther, the author is familiar to me: Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of Beautiful Struggle (2008), Between the World and Me (2015), and We Were Eight Years in Power (2017). He has won both the National Book Award and a MacArthur Genius grant.

Fans of the film can also enjoy the soundtrack on Hoopla, which includes popular artists such as Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. The Christopher Priest-written collections are also available for checkout. Please stop by the Information Desk for more information on accessing Hoopla.

*Hoopla is available for residents of Marion and our contracting communities: Robins, Alburnett, and rural Linn County.

--Madeline Jarvis, Adult Services Coordinator