( 4UMF NEWS ) New Black Panther Comics Coming Our Way:
A leading journalist who said blacks were “people turned to fuel for the American machine” has a new assignment: creating a line of “Black Panther” comics for Marvel.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, who writes national columns about race and social issues for The Atlantic, will now be penning the rebooted tales of the Black Panther, who became the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books in the 1960s.
Coates, 39, received considerable praise for his 2015 book “Between the World and Me,” which is written as a letter to his teenage son about what it’s like being African American in the United States.
But the author doesn’t think he’ll need to change his approach to write about a superhero.
“I don’t experience the stuff I write about as weighty,” he told The New York Times. “I feel a strong need to express something. The writing usually lifts the weight. I expect to be doing the same thing for Marvel.”
“He has the baddest costume in comics and is a dude who is smarter and better than everyone,” Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso told The Times.
The author, 39, is slated to write a yearlong story titled “A Nation Under Our Feet,” which follows the adventures of Black Panther as he combats a superhuman terrorist organization called the People. The role is a natural fit for Coates, who started reading comic books as a boy in the mid-1980s.
“(Marvel was) an intimate part of my childhood and, at this point, part of my adulthood,” he told the newspaper. “It was mostly through pop culture, through hip-hop, through Dungeons & Dragons and comic books that I acquired much of my vocabulary.”
The new comic series will debut around the same time that the Black Panther character, played by Chadwick Boseman, is set to appear in “Captain America: Civil War.”
A standalone “Black Panther” film starring Boseman is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018.