The “Wakanda” series imagines other leaders, including Shuri, ahead of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Writer Stephanie Williams is one of the hottest emerging talents in comics. Although many have been introduced to his work over the past year Nubia and the Amazons (as well as various Nubia: Queen of the Amazons and its cross-contribution to Trial of the Amazons), I first got to know his wild comedy memes on Twitter and the fan-made Marvel mini-comic living heroes. With the announcement of WakandaWilliams will join Marvel (officially, for the second time) alongside other artists and writers in the new series.

This six-issue series, starting October 12, will follow John Ridley Black Panther story in which T’Challa is no longer welcome in his homeland. While I won’t spoil the comic book series, I will say that this no-rules Wakanda reflects the real-world challenges faced by Black Panther: Wakanda Foreversince the death of Chadwick Boseman occurred before the Black Panther the sequel was over. While I’m not in favor of a redesign, many are, and that anticipation of how Wakanda should move forward is present both on the page and in real life.

Cover of Wakanda #1 by Mateus Manhanini.  Picture: Wonder.

Each issue in this series will focus on the story and perspective of a different character, with Williams and artist Paco Medina first tackling Shuri. On, Williams wrote, “It is truly an honor to launch the new series with the story of Shuri which I wrote. I hope I can add to her and Wakanda’s already awesome lore.

In addition to each character issue, each entry will feature a History of the Black Panthers story that Marvel describes as “a definitive look at all the Wakandans who have held the mantle of Black Panther.” It’s something we can look to for clues about what might happen in the next movie, or at least open people’s minds to the many options for who should direct. Barring another delay, this limited series is set to end just three days before the highly anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11.

(Going through Twitterfeatured images: Marvel)

Here’s some other news we saw today:

  • The Covid-19 protocol union agreements on the Hollywood set have been extended until the end of September. (via LA Times.)
  • An Iowa library is unable to operate after most staff quit following censorship pressure on LGBTQ+ books. (Going through Iowa starting line.)
  • First signed edition Harry Potter the novels did not sell at Christie’s, even for a fraction of the price they sold two years ago. (Going through Wizarding News)
  • A lawsuit accuses Skittles of being dangerous to consumers. Of course, the chemical involved is permitted in the US but not in the EU (via USA today)

The world of Italian opera has been shaken by the continued tradition of Blackface. Angel Blue resigns in protest against the practice. (Going through Huffington Post)

What did you find on the Internet today, Mary Suevians?

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