Ta-Nehisi Coates Spins Out Third 'Black Panther' Comic Book for Marvel

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'Black Panther and the Crew' gives Marvel its first all-black superteam.

Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther comic book series might have surprised some critics by avoiding the issue of race relations inside the United States by focusing on the character's relationship with his fictional African nation of Wakanda, but a newly announced spinoff title co-written by the author of Between the World and Me will dive directly into that conversation. It's time to meet Black Panther and The Crew.

The new series spins out of the second storyline from Coates' Black Panther series, and features a team of Marvel's most prominent African and African-American characters — among them, the Panther, Luke Cage, Storm of the X-Men and Misty Knight — in a story that begins with the death of an activist in police custody.

"It’s not like I looked at a Black Lives Matter protest and was like, 'Hey, I want to write a comic about that,'" Coates, who'll co-write the series with poet Yona Harvey, told Time. "But you’re confronted with it every day. So when I sat down to think about what is this story with four black protagonists about, and you start scribbling, that rises up. The events of the day are with me. It seemed like an opportunity to do something. It becomes clear in the first issue that the activist is not just an activist. There’s something more going on there."

The series, illustrated by veteran artist Butch Guice, is the second spinoff from the central Black Panther series; the first, Black Panther: World of Wakanda, co-written by Roxane Gay, launched in the second half of 2016.

Black Panther and The Crew launches in April.