Now that Black Panther is conquering movie theaters, Marvel Comics is going to set T'Challa on a path across the cosmos.
According to Marvel, the King of Wakanda will go in a "bold new direction" this May, starting in Black Panther #1. It will be written by Black Panther veteran Ta-Nehisi Coates, with artwork by Daniel Acuna. The rundown from Marvel is as follows:
"For years, the Black Panther has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed, across the cast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T'Challa's name."
A glimpse of what Marvel calls the "Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda" was seen briefly in Marvel Legacy #1, but now we're going to get to the bottom of what is truly going on. Coates says that this is truly a #1 title, and that it is an entirely new story, albeit with some connections to the previous ones. As he says, "It's taking him into a different space...literally."
He also mentions that the book is a departure for himself as a writer—that while previous issues were more philosophical in nature, this new story "is a fast-paced, high-octane story." He goes on to say that he wanted it to feel like a "fresh storyline," and that "it's meaty, it's different, and it's perfect for new readers just coming to the world of T'Challa and Black Panther."
It's a very positive thing that the new series will be good for readers both old and new, as the success of the Black Panther film will doubtlessly have many fans running to grab new comics, whether they are avid readers or not. Fans who have been with the character for a while will be taken care of, as Acuna says, "the unique history of the character, and the amazing artists that have come before" are a huge inspiration to him. As for readers coming fresh out of the film? Editor Wil Moss emphasizes again what a fresh start the new series will be, stressing "how clean of an entry point this is for new readers....everyone is going to be on the same page."
Are you ready to see what the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda is all about? We'll have to wait until May, but when the day comes, we'll be discovering it right beside T'Challa. In the meantime, there are plenty more Black Panther comics to enjoy, and the film isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Wakanda forever!