For those not up on their Black Panther knowledge, his homeland of Wakanda is a wonder. It is technologically advanced, with influences spanning across the entire Marvel Universe. Until now not much of this fantastic place has been explored. Marvel is changing that with their new series Black Panther: World of Wakanda.
Even better? The series is co-written by Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, An Untamed State) and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Artwork is done by Alitha E. Martinez. Black Panther: World of Wakanda will focus on Ayo and Aneka, two members of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s elite squad of female guards. The book will be a key companion title to the current Black Panther series from Marvel.
“Under the leadership of Ayo and Aneka, the Dora Milaje decide to expand their mission, to not only serve as protection for Black Panther, but to also right wrongs, particularly against women, in Wakanda and around the world,” Gay says. “They also have to deal with the repercussions of Aneka murdering a village chieftain, as well as a threat from within.”
The first issue of the new series will feature a 10-page additional story written by Yona Harvey (Hemming the Water) and Coates, with artwork by Afua Richardson. The story focuses on Zenzi, the co-leader of The People, a rebel group responsible for a great deal of the struggle in the current Black Panther run.
Black Panther: World of Wakanda comes to comic book shelves this fall.