While we’re going to get our first taste of the MCU’s version of Black Panther with the release of Captain America: Civil War, fans new and old are also going to see the Wakandan royal, T’Challa, return to the comic book world. Even better, the man penning the return is MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me).
Coates, a brilliant writer and journalist, could have jumped on the title as an amazing chance to focus on T’Challa’s character conflicts or provide social commentary on society at large, but, as he wrote in an exclusive for The Atlantic, his main reasons for taking the opportunity were something we all can relate to. Ta-Nehisi has always loved comics and the outrageous stories gave Coates hope, inspiration, and adventure as a kid growing up in a though neighborhood. Being entrusted with one of his favorite character isn’t a responsibility Coates takes lightly. Of course, once he started writing the script, he soon learned that there’s a lot more behind making a solid comic book than just a great story. Balancing text with images proved to be a unique challenge for the writer.
That’s where the talented artist, Brian Stelfreeze, came in. Stelfreeze and Coates worked to find the best way to visually tell the stories Coates had mapped out. The pair’s collaboration doesn’t just offer an exciting superhero adventure, but also presents some complicated questions in the same way that Peter Parker battles with the great responsibility that comes with his great power, or how the mutants serve as a metaphor for the treatment of minorities in our real society.
So what can we expect from Ta-Nehsisi Coates’ incarnation of the Black Panther? Coates’ run will be examining ideas like if a good man being king, if modernity can accept monarchs, and if society can moving beyond those awful pieces of its history. We’re excited that the title will be treated with great care, crafted from a person who is first and foremost a fan of the medium and the character, and, as a product of a solid collaboration between Coates and Stelfreeze, we can expect a story that blends seamlessly with the art. Get ready for a superhero adventure with questions about good, evil, and morality that goes far beyond a simple fight between superheroes and bad guys.
In short? We can expect the new Black Panther comic to be freaking amazing.
Are you excited about Black Panther’s return to comics? What are you hoping to see in the character’s revival? Are you looking forward to his appearance in the comics or film universe more? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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