“[Comics were] an intimate part of my childhood and, at this point, part of my adulthood”, he said in an interview with The New York Times.
“I’m sure it meant something to see people who looked like me in comic books, he told the New York Times“. The writing usually lifts the weight. He says he expects his Marvel work to be similar to his other writing.
Just before he makes his big screen debut next summer in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Comics has announced that Black Panther will be getting his very own comic book series once again. He’s also made his love for comic books clear on several occasions, in articles such as “The Broad, Inclusive Canvas of Comics,” published earlier this year. Numerous happenings in the Marvel Studios movies affect what happens to the characters in the comics and vice versa.
Sounds like it could be a nice blend of the topical and the fantastic, which is something good super hero comics can pull off. Also intriguing is Coates’ admiration for the work of Jonathan Hickman, though he told the Times that rookie comic book writers don’t enter the field with that amount of skill.
Brian Stelfreeze joins the team as cover artist, having provided both the main cover and the hip-hop variant for the first issue, based on Jay-Z’s “The Black Album”. Created in 1966, he is the first black superhero and hails from Wakanda, a fictional African country.
So will you be picking up the new Black Panther series?
“It’s going to be a story that repositions the Black Panther in the minds of readers,” explained Marvel Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. Their year-long storyline is titled “A Nation Under Our Feet“, and is reportedly inspired by Steven Hahn’s book of the same name. “It really moves him forward.”