New Black Panther Comic From Coates, Acuña Coming In May

The cover to the first issue of the Black Panther (2018) comic
The cover to the first issue of the Black Panther (2018) comic Marvel Comics/Daniel Acuña

On the heels of the Black Panther film’s massive opening weekend, Marvel Comics announces a brand-new ongoing series that will feature the King of Wakanda from the creative team of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña.

Black Panther is one of many new series Marvel is pushing as part of its “fresh start” initiative to bring in new readers, which starts with Avengers from the creative team of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness in early May.

“Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out new beginnings for a few of our key franchises—new creative teams, new starting points, new storylines—all the big stuff that we’ve been building towards since LEGACY began,” said SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort in a press release. “This isn’t a clearing of the slate—while these new starts will kick off with new #1s, we’ll be maintaining the classic LEGACY issue counts as dual numbering on these titles as well. Oh, and don’t read anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece…we can only squeeze so many characters onto there without killing poor Jim!”

Readers familiar with Black Panther will recognize Coates from his run on the comic when it was relaunched in 2016 . The Atlantic writer also had a hand in the most recent Black Panther World of Wakanda book with Roxane Gay in 2017. Artist Daniel Acuña has become a fan-favorite at Marvel with his acclaimed run on Uncanny Avengers.

Coming out of the pages of Marvel Legacy #1, this new Black Panther series will follow T’Challa as the king brings his now Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda to a new age. Here’s the official synopsis of the first issue of Black Panther from Marvel.

A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T'Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed...

Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T'Challa's name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda!

Black Panther #1 will go on sale starting May 23.

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