Marvel Recruits Award-Winning Novelist Nnedi Okorafor for New Digital 'Black Panther' Comic
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.
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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.
by Jackie Strause
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