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Earlier this week Ta-Nehisi Coates gave fans an exclusive look at the first issue of Black Panther via The Atlantic, where he also discussed the challenges he faced in scripting the first story arc from Black Panther, "A Nation Under Our Feet," where he asks the question: "Can a good man be a king, and would an advanced society tolerate a monarch?"
Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso puts it another way: “For centuries, Wakanda has been sending would-be conquerors home in body bags. Now, it is about to face its biggest threat—and it comes from within. Under Ta-Nehisi’s unflinching gaze," he continues, "The Black Panther will grapple with a threat that can’t simply be beaten into submission, one that raises questions about life, liberty and honor that are especially relevant today.”
If you haven't seen the beautiful pages that Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze came up with for the first part of "A Nation Under Our Feet," we recommend heading over to The Atlantic and checking them out now. Marvel has also sorted out a number of different variant covers for Black Panther #1, including the Black Album-sampling Hip Hop Variant that we first saw back in September of 2015. Check out the original cover (and the variants) below, and pre-order Black Panther #1 before it hits newsstands and digital retailers on April 6.