10:55am PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Launching 'Killmonger' Comic Book Series
Following the recent announcement of the Shuri series, Marvel Entertainment is continuing to grow its Black Panther comic book franchise. It is launching a new miniseries centering around the movie’s antagonist — who happens to have been dead in Marvel’s comic book continuity for the last 10 years.
Killmonger, focusing on the history of Erik Killmonger, will be a five-issue series by Bryan Edward Hill and Juan Ferreyra. Talking to Vulture, Hill said, “I didn’t want to just recap what we had heard in his mythology. I wanted to explore the choices and the failures that lead a person to dedicate their life to revenge, and how that happens. Because with Erik, I feel like it’s really a tragedy. It’s a story of a guy who was failed a lot by Wakanda in certain ways, by the people he met outside of Wakanda, by his own conscience in other ways, and I wanted to paint a portrait of that.”
In Marvel comics continuity, Killmonger was killed in 2008’s Black Panther No. 38, and — unusually for comics — has remained dead since, even in light of his cinematic debut. Although the comic book version of the character is significantly different from Michael B. Jordan’s on-screen incarnation, it’s worth noting that Ferreyra’s cover for the first issue of the new comic book series takes inspiration from the movie version as opposed to the historical comic book version.
Killmonger and next month’s launch of Shuri by Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero mark a new approach for Marvel in attempting to build out the critically acclaimed Black Panther comic book written by Ta-Nehisi Coates into a full franchise; previous attempts have centered around ensemble series based in T’Challa’s orbit (Black Panther: World of Wakanda and Black Panther and the Crew) and series expanding on T’Challa’s past (Black Panther: Long Live the King and Rise of the Black Panther).
Killmonger is set to launch in December.