Black Panther has long been put in the corner and ignored as a Marvel comic book character. How does Marvel plan to change this up? They are bringing in a highly talented writer to bring Black Panther into the forefront. Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer of Between the World and Me, and artist Brian Stelfreeze are teaming up to give a new Black Panther series its own voice.
Coates is ready to take on the challenge:
“Wakanda is really the light of the world, in the Marvel Universe. And yet it’s a system of governance that has not advanced beyond the idea of blood-rule,” says Coates. “It’s always seemed to me that T’Challa was aware of this discrepancy. Among the monarchs of Marvel –Namor and Doctor Doom for instance– T’Challa has always been distinguished to me by his discomfort on the throne, and with the problems of one-man rule. I am very much looking forward to exploring that tension.”
If all goes well, Coates is set to prove that Black Panther is no longer a character to be pushed aside in the mighty pantheon of familiar Marvel characters, and it’s about time.
“Ta-Nehisi writes brilliantly about everything from race to politics to fatherhood to modern culture, but he’s also a longtime Marvel reader. And combining his writing skills with his passion for and understanding of Marvel’s characters, paired with the captivating and engaging artwork of modern master Brian Stelfreeze, has led to a truly amazing story that we can’t wait for the world to read,” says Wil Moss, editor of the new BLACK PANTHER series. “This story will have all the political intrigue of the best episodes of THE WEST WING and HOMELAND, but it’s also going to have the trademark Marvel action and energy that Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (Black Panther’s creators!) built into the foundation of the Marvel Universe. Look for some fun and unexpected Marvel villains to show up in this story, as well as an appearance or two by T’Challa’s new teammates, The Ultimates.”
Black Panther #1 comes to comic book stores Spring 2016.