The Marvel Comics superhero Black Panther is getting a brand new collection and a brand new inventive workforce in August. It will likely be written by the Oscar profitable screenwriter John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), and drawn by Juann Cabal. (The present Black Panther collection, which started in 2016 and has been written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, will conclude on May 26.)
Black Panther, created in 1966, is the primary Black superhero in mainstream comics and hails from Wakanda, a fictional African nation, the place he is called T’Challa and serves as king. Ridley mentioned he’s looking forward to the possibility to write down the hero. “First of all, Black Panther is just a great character in and of himself,” he mentioned in a phone interview. “But being a young Black kid growing up, every time you saw a hero that looked like you, even if their background didn’t reflect my lived experience, it was just something that made you feel closer to the wish fulfillment that is intrinsic in graphic novel writing.”
In the brand new story, Black Panther receives an pressing message from a Wakandan operative who’s at risk. “It’s a hybrid espionage-superhero thriller, but at its core, it’s a love story,” Ridley mentioned. “And I don’t mean just romantic love, although there’s some of that as well. It’s love between friends.”
He mentioned he considered his closest childhood buddies “and the ways that we ran together and how our lives changed over time.”
He mentioned he additionally wished to mirror upon the final 12 months. “We’re coming out of a summer where we saw Black people fighting for our rights, standing up, fighting in ways that we haven’t had to do in years,” he mentioned. “And it was really important to me after the year we had where we can have these conversations with Black people and we can use words like love and caring and hope and regret and all these really fundamental emotions that everybody has.”
News of the brand new collection was first reported by Bleeding Cool, a comic book e book web site. Issue No. 1 of the brand new collection can have a canopy by Alex Ross.