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Review – Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One

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  • Narration - 10/10
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  • Overall - 9.5/10
    9.5/10

Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One

“Throughout history, Wakanda was a kingdom walled-off to the world, thriving in secret. But under T’Challa’s rule, the Wakandans’ resources and technology are now available to other nations. Even nations such as Rudyarda, a former apartheid state. Some disagree with the decision to offer aid to a place with such a tortured past, but the Black Panther believes the people of Rudyarda shouldn’t pay for the sins of its Colonizers forever, and his rule is absolute.

That is, until a former Black Panther is resurrected from the ancestral plane. Then, everything is uncertain. Because as everyone knows: there can only be one Black Panther in Wakanda.

T’Chaka’s return to the land of the living divides reason from nature, a ruler from his allies, and T’Challa from his family. But as T’Challa—along with Shuri, Okoye, and Misty Knight— search for the cause, mysterious forces conspire to subvert his authority from without and within. Other dead men come to life. Old grudges find their way into the light. And when catastrophe strikes, a son must reckon with his father’s sins while a new generation of hero rises.”

Authors: Ira Madison III, Geoffrey Thorne
Narrator: William Jackson Harper
Released: January 28, 2021

Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One is every bit the bold and dramatic introduction fans could have hoped for. This series is going to deal with T’Challa’s past – and all of his potential.

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A Thrilling Start in Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One

 

It’s that time! Time to talk about Sins of the King, that is. Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One: The Omen brings us back to the World of Wakanda, and I for one am totally here for it. It’s time to see what T’Challa has been getting up to.

Black Panther: Sins of the King is the fourth Marvel series to hit Serial Box, it’s also one of the more highly anticipated series, at least in my book. Every week the platform will release a new episode so that we can continue the adventure in serial format.

T’Challa is still reeling from the loss of his father, so it is almost ironic that this adventure strikes off on the anniversary of his death. The legacy of the Black Panthers will be brought to the forefront in this series, all while forcing T’Challa to come to terms with his past, and make a decision for his future.

The creative team behind Black Panther: Sins of the King is one of the many reasons why I’ve been so excited for this series! Onboard for writing, we’ll have Ira Madison III, Mohale Mashigo, Geoffrey Thorne, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes. As for narration? The one and only, William Jackson Harper.

The Omen

Marvel's Black Panther Sins of the King
Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King Narrated by William Jackson Harper. Written by Ira Madison III, Mohale Mashigo, Geoffrey Thorne, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes. Art by Khary Randolph.

Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One is an intense yet brilliant start to this series. One that will immediately pull fans old and new into the narrative. T’Challa’s past is immediately on display, forging an emotional connection like no other.

It’s actually quite clever, for in just a few short minutes the writers (Ira Madison III and Geoffrey Thorne) have not only gotten us to care but given us all of the relevant backstory necessary to continue forward.

This first episode has a little bit of everything. It has ups and downs, it has humor (thank you, Shuri), and it has plenty of action to go around. Pleasantly, it also contains many familiar faces, which is always a delight.

The addition of several Avengers helped to ground the series in the larger Marvel Universe, without overshadowing the plot at hand. You can tell that they thought hard about which characters should be involved, and which should be left out.

All things considered, this is a great first episode of the series, and I can’t wait to hear how the rest of it goes. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait, as there are still plenty of episodes left to enjoy!

Narration

Forgive me, but I have to fangirl for a moment here. I’ve adored William Jackson Harper since I first saw him in The Good Place (who wouldn’t?). But I did not realize, up until this moment, that I desperately needed to hear him narrative an audiobook.

More specifically, I needed to hear his narrative, Black Panther. He’s the perfect voice, capturing T’Challa’s regal poise, while also finding the notes that bring other characters, such as Shuri, to life.

Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One is a thrilling read. And an even better audio experience. This is already proving to be one of my favorites, and thus I can’t recommend it enough.

Conclusion

Black Panther: Sins of the King Episode One was everything I could have hoped for in an introduction to this series. It was fun and bold, and not afraid to throw us right into the deep end. It will leave readers with high hopes for what will follow.

 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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