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Marvel's 'Black Panther' Comic Relaunches with Ta-Nehisi Coates


Acclaimed author, cultural influencer and national correspondent for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be adding comic book writer to his long list of achievements. Marvel has chosen the National Book Award nominee to write the upcoming Black Panther series with artist Brian Stelfreeze next spring.

Ta-Nehisi Coates (Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times)
The author of “Between the World and Me,” a passionate letter to his son on being black in America, Coates may not seem like the obvious choice to write a new series for Marvel's first black superhero but he's more than ready. 

“I don’t experience the stuff I write about as weighty,” he told the New York Times.“I feel a strong need to express something. The writing usually lifts the weight. I expect to be doing the same thing for Marvel.”

It also helps that Coates is a lifelong Marvel fan and has examined diversity in comics in his writing and that is how he landed on Marvel's radar. An interview he conducted with Marvel editor Sana Amanat at a publication-sponsored seminar in May led to the dream job. He credits his geekier pursuits including comics in helping to make him into the adult he is today.“It was mostly through pop culture, through hip-hop, through Dungeons & Dragons and comic books that I acquired much of my vocabulary.” 

A variant cover of the first issue, also drawn by Brian Stelfreeze, inspired by Jay Z's "The Black Album." CreditMarvel Entertainment
The yearlong storyline is inspired by Steven Hahn’s book,“A Nation Under Our Feet,” finds the hero T'Challa dealing with a violent uprising in his country set off by a superhuman terrorist group called the People. The Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the advanced fictional African nation of Wakanda. T'Challa earned the title and attributes of the Black Panther by defeating the various champions of the Wakandan tribes. 

On May 6, 2016, the hero makes his big screen debut, played by Chadwick Boseman, in “Captain America: Civil War” followed by a “Black Panther” solo pic in 2018.


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