Marvel Recruits Award-Winning Novelist Nnedi Okorafor for New Digital 'Black Panther' Comic

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The author of 'Binti' will write a new biweekly storyline ahead of next year's movie.

Marvel continues to expand its Black Panther line with a new digital-first series launching in December — one that brings award-winning novelist Nnedi Okorafor into the fold as writer.

Black Panther: Long Live the King will be released biweekly as a ComiXology Originals release, starting this December. (As with other Marvel ComiXology Originals material, a print collection is likely to follow upon the serialization's completion.) Art for the series comes from Andre Araujo, whose work has recently been seen in Image Comics' Generation Gone.

Okorafor follows Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates as a Black Panther writer (Coates still writes the print Black Panther series). An associate professor of creative writing at the University of Buffalo, she has won a number of awards — amongst them, the World Fantasy Award, the Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa, the Nebula Award for Best Novella and the Hugo Award for the same — for her prose, which spans books for children, young adult and adult audiences.

Little is known about the plot of the new series; according to Nerdist, which broke the news, the series will follow T'Challa as he "desperately tries to defend his home from a terrifying new threat."

Black Panther: Long Live the King will debut on ComiXology on Dec. 13.