Marvel poised to strike with two new Black Panther comics and a pair of X-Men titles

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As New York Comic Con is set to welcome throngs of fans at the Javits Center tomorrow, Marvel is spreading the gospel for four upcoming comic series coming later this year and early 2018 in the form of two new Black Panther titles, a Rogue & Gambit series, and a Legion book.

First up is the comiXology-exclusive Black Panther: Long Live The King, a six-issue bi-weekly title similar to their Thor vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe and Immortal Iron Fists.

Nnedi Okorafor, the Hugo Award-winning Nigerian-American writer, will pen her adventure tale of a humongous creature that invades the techno-kingdom of Wakanda, paired with art from Andre Aurajo. Black Panther: Long Live The King #1 strikes on December 13.

“Marvel Comic’s Immortal Iron Fists and Thor vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe have been topping the charts on comiXology,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology’s head of content, in a press release. “These digital exclusives, part of the ComiXology Originals line, continue to add value and interest to our comiXology Unlimited subscription service.”

A third Black Panther series (including the mainline title from Ta-Nehisi Coates) arriving in January of 2018 will be Rise of the Black Panther, written by io9 contributor Evan Narcisse. So far there is no other announcement as far as the series length and artist goes, but the plot involves T'Challa's early, more formative years in Wakanda. Narcisse was personally selected by Coates to head up this new Year One-style story.

"[This] is essentially the story of T’Challa’s first year as king, where he makes the decision to end centuries of secrecy and let the world know about Wakanda," Narcisse told io9. "It’s a choice that angers many in Wakanda and attracts the attention of the global community on Earth-616."

The final two Marvel news flashes concern a fresh pair of X-Men Universe titles, Rogue & Gambit #1 and Legion #1.

Rogue and Gambit have had a long history of rocky romantic entanglements, and no doubt this book will flesh out their troubled love affair in greater detail.

Legion will continue the encounters and adventures of the shockingly powerful mutant son of Charles Xavier, David Haller. Both of these new series will debut in early 2018 and as yet have no official creative teams revealed.

Stay tuned to SYFY WIRE's full coverage of NYCC for more announcements on all four of these intriguing Marvel titles.

(Via Newsarama and IGN)

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