According to the New York Times, Marvel Comics has tabbed Ta-Nehisi Coates, as the next person to write the Black Panther series.
Mr. Coates, is a renowned writer for The Atlantic with many of his works examining the condition of Black people in America. One such article entitled “The Case for Reparations” examines how his thinking has evolved when it comes to what this nation owes its citizens. He also wrote a book entitled Between the World and Me for his son, regarding his life experiences.
The 39 year old professed Marvel super fan states that he has been reading Marvel books ever since he was a kid and while it may seem odd that he has been tabbed for this work, it’s quite frankly a lot better than some of the others that Marvel could have brought in to write the book.
Mr. Coates told the Times, “I don’t experience the stuff I write about as weighty. I feel a strong need to express something. The writing usually lifts the weight. I expect to be doing the same thing for Marvel.”
Mr. Coates looks as if he will get a chance to have the Panther embody some of his experiences next spring. The storyline forthcoming will be called A Nation Under Our Feet” which is a reference to a 2003 book by Steven Hahn. The plot has to do with the titular hero dealing with a violent uprising by a group of terrorists called, The People.
Brian Stelfreeze, will provide the cover art for the main book as well as the variant cover with will have a riff on Jay-Z’s The Black Album.
No word yet as to exactly when this book will be out, but as mentioned earlier, spring 2016 is the timetable.