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Black Panther Comic Gets A Surprising, Awesome New Author



While the world at large has been buzzing about this and that installment of the Avengers franchise for years now, there’s a new star in the comics world: Black Panther.

Between the announced solo movie and the existing comic book, the character has been making waves. The speculation around who will direct the Chadwick Boseman-starring movie set for a 2018 release has been swirling, with Selma director Ava DuVernay already bowing out of proceedings, and now Marvel has announced a new addition on the comic side of the franchise that’s turning heads.

Atlantic staff writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will write a new line of the Black Panther comics title starting spring 2016, the New York Times reported.

Coates is one of the most prominent voices commenting on race today, and a nominee for this year’s nonfiction prize for the National Book Award.

“I don’t experience the stuff I write about as weighty,” Coates said. “I feel a strong need to express something. The writing usually lifts the weight. I expect to be doing the same thing for Marvel.”

The storyline will last a year and will be called “A Nation Under Our Feet.” Black Panther, who was the first black superhero, will have to grapple with the uprising of a superhuman terrorist group called The People.

“I want to make a great comic,” Coates said. “I really, really do.”