Almost a year after its last issue, Black Panther is back to begin bringing the Wakanda Intergalactic Empire saga to its dramatic conclusion.
The latest issue of the main Black Panther series, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Black Panther # 26 by Acuña and Ryan Bodenheim, was released for most of a year ago. But this week, the series will return and begin to end Coates’ critically acclaimed run on the title.
And before Marvel returns to the world of T’Challa and the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, we take a look at what has happened so far in a career that has changed everything Marvel fans knew about Black Panther and Wakanda.
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Black panther: many thousands have gone
About midway through Coates’ career, the history of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda began in earnest with 2018. Black Panther Vol. 7 # 1, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuña and Joe Sabino of VC. The introduction, which is told in all the books in the series, explains that 2,000 years ago, a detachment of Wakandans established a small colony on the outer edges of the cosmos. This grew into an Empire spanning five galaxies, but the search for peace that the original Wakanda fought for was gone here. Instead, there was a ruling class, and there were enslaved peoples, all with their minds erased and forced to work with no identity, no name, and no past.
One of the enslaved was a man who dreamed of a past and a white-haired woman who bore a strong similarity to Storm of the X-Men. This nameless and memoryless woman was rescued, dragged into a rebellion with a group known as the Maroons. These rebels also had no memories and took names from the legends of Wakanda’s past. This included General Nakia and Lieutenant M’Baku. Under the leadership of Captain N’Yami, they called this recruit T’Challa and led him into their war for freedom from the evil Emporer N’Jadaka.
Black Panther: The Gathering of My Name
The war continued in “The Gathering of My Name,” by VC’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jed Bartel, Kris Anka, Triona Farrell and Joe Sabino. Captain N’Yam, who believed that T’Challa was the true king of Wakandan, died. M’Baku became the new leader of the Maroons, and reluctantly allowed T’Challa to break free and break free. Although he was a terrible soldier, T’Challa was a powerful ally and won more battles than he lost. When T’Challa ignited the Spear of Bashenga, it was all the proof most of them needed.
While the Maroons wanted to regain their memories and names and overthrow Emporer N’Jadaka, it turned out that the Intergalactic Empire had a powerful ally in the god Bast. So, N’Jakada betrayed the elder god and stole his powers. Bast was not out of action and transferred part of herself to N’Jadaka’s daughter before siding with T’Challa. After recovering his memories, T’Challa recalled to Alpha Flight to investigate the far reaches of space. When he never heard of that expedition, he searched for them himself and ended up captured by N’Jadaka.
Black panther: two thousand seasons
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Two Thousand Seasons”, VC’s Daniel Acuña and Joe Sabino brought things home. Wakanda on Earth finally made contact with T’Challa. Shortly after this, the Maroons lured Emporer N’Jadaka to an evacuated planet and blew him up, believing they had killed him. Then T’Challa went home. However, N’Jadaka survived thanks to his symbiote. He followed T’Challa to Earth and built a small army from inside Wakanda, while the Maroons and Wakandan forces continued to fight against the Imperial forces. N’Jadaka sided with Tetu and Zenzi and then led their invasion to Earth.
Black Panther: Wakanda Unleashed
In Black Panther # 19 by Ta-Nehisi, Ryan Bodenheim, Michael Garland and Joe Sabino from VC, started the ongoing story “Wakanda Unbound”, and that’s where the series is now. Emporer N’Jadaka took over the body of Erik Killmonger, bringing the legendary warrior back to life. While T’Challa wanted to return to space to fight N’Jadaka, his sister Shuri confronted him and told her brother where to go. The enslaved people of N’Jadaka had their memory stolen, and T’Challa could save those people if he traveled to Djalia. When ‘Challa’s ancestors put him to the test and beat him, he finally remembered who he is and accepted his duties as King of Wakanda. With that, all the nameless regained their memories, and the tide turned against the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda.
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