Do you love Black Panther? Are you angry about Infinity War? Do you need more T’Challa in your life? Do you feel deep in your soul that you need a comic all about Okoye, Ayo, Aneka and the rest of the Dora Milaje? You are in luck. Black Panther: Long Live the King was just released in physical form and Wakanda Forever will be released in digital format on June 26.
Self described Najiamerican writer and professor Nnedi Okorafor is the primary writer for both of these series. The World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo award winning author had her first foray into Wakanda handling Black Panther: Long Live the King, picking up where Ta Nehisi Coates left off. She’s back again, as the writer for Wakanda Forever, bringing her amazing afrofuturism roots to the story.
Got my author copies. First time seeing my name on the front cover of a Marvel graphic novel. 😊 Proud to be the first woman to write T’Challa (a character created in 1966).
The release date is between tomorrow and June 5, depending on what part of the world you’re in. pic.twitter.com/PBKbjlSwrX
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) May 22, 2018
Black Panther: Long Live the King takes place in Wakanda. There has been a revolution, vibranium has gone missing and a mysterious monster lurks the jungle. T’Challa is being attacked from every direction and the country, which relied so heavily on its vibranium, is now struggling. The comic was released before the blockbuster hit of a movie, so it may not line up exactly with the cinematic universe. However, it will engulf readers with the marvelous afrofuturistic world of Wakanda.
Wakanda Forever, releasing on June 26, will follow the Dora Milaje adventures into the rest of the Marvel Universe. The cover for the first issue shows the Dora shoulder-to-shoulder with the web-slinger himself, Spiderman. T’Challa’s comic book true love figures prominently on the second cover. Storm flies, white haired and white-eyed with Nightcrawler behind her and the Dora in front.
If you’ve already read through the backlog of Black Panther or if you need more stories about amazing women to sink your teeth into before the June release, Okorafor’s Who Fears Death and Binti trilogy both feature crazy intelligent, ferocious young women trying to change their world. (I’ve read both. They are both amazing.) They are all considered adult novels, so give them a read before tossing them to your kids. If you want to get your kids in on the fun, her series Akata Witch is made for young adult readers.
Were you angry about who died in Infinity War? Do you think you’ll check out these comics? Have you already read them?