Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write New ‘Black Panther’ Comic Series

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Ta-Nehisi Coates at the University of Virginia during the MLK Celebration 2015. Photo by Montesbradley.

Comic-book superhero Black Panther is getting a brand new series, and Marvel Comics’ tapped Baltimore-born renowned author, public intellectual, and self-described “comics nerd” Ta-Nehisi Coates to write it, reports the New York Times.

Black Panther debuted in 1966 and was the first black superhero in a mainstream comic imprint. He sports a genius-level intellect and superhuman physical abilities. He hails from the fictional African country of Wakanda but — like so many other Marvel characters — operates in New York City.

For a writer known for thought-provoking non-fiction, this an opportunity to demonstrate some serious range. It’s also a challenge, and Coates recognizes that. He doesn’t expect to “come in off the board” already working at the level of his favorite comic writers. “But it helps to want it to be great,” he told the Times. “I want to make a great comic. I really, really do.”

Or, as Coates put it on Twitter:

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