2:18pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Wakanda Forever' Brings Dora Milaje to the Rest of the Marvel Universe
Now that the world has woken up to the brilliance of the Dora Milaje in the wake of the release of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, Marvel Entertainment is teaming with writer Nnedi Okorafor for a new three-part comic book storyline introducing the all-female bodyguard organization to other parts of the Marvel Universe.
In the storyline, Okorafor — who recently wrote issues of the digital series Black Panther: Long Live the King — will take the Dora Milaje outside of Wakanda when a threat born in the African nation ends up surfacing in Manhattan. The storyline will run through three stand-alone issues: Wakanda Forever: Amazing Spider-Man, illustrated by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, Wakanda Forever: X-Men and Wakanda Forever: Avengers.
“I’m super excited about writing this storyline. Powerful, disciplined African women with futuristic spears who faced their shortcomings and changed a nation? Oh, heck yeah, I’m so there,” Okorafor told Vogue, which initially broke the news of the new series. “Fans of the Dora Milaje can look forward to seeing them out in the world beyond T’Challa and the Wakandan throne’s shadow. They’ll get to see the Dora Milaje come into their own, while teaming up with the unexpected.”
In a statement from the publisher, editor Will Moss added, “We’re lucky to have Nnedi on board for this — she’s an incredible novelist, and her recent Black Panther: Long Live the King digital series proved that she’s a great comic book writer too. She’s come up with a crazy-tough problem for the Dora Milaje to solve — but if anyone can, it’s these crazy-tough women.”
Wakanda Forever: Amazing Spider-Man No. 1 will be released digitally and in comic book stores June 27.