Marvel have just announced details of their brand new series, Black Panther: World of Wakana, which promises to explore the inhabitants of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nation on Earth.
The first arc will be co-written by Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, An Untamed State) and Black Panther solo series writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, with artwork by Alitha E. Martinez, and is set to focus will focus on Ayo and Aneka, two members of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s elite squad of female bodyguards.
Speaking about the announcement, Gay said “Under the leadership of Ayo and Aneka, the Dora Milaje decide to expand their mission, to not only serve as protection for Black Panther, but to also right wrongs, particularly against women, in Wakanda and around the world. They also have to deal with the repercussions of Aneka murdering a village chieftain, as well as a threat from within.”
Marvel EiC Axel Alonso added “BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA offers a new canvas for storytelling in the Marvel Universe where top-tier talent can explore the limitless possibility of the world of Black Panther. Roxane, Alitha, Yona and Afua are crafting a series that is essential reading because it takes readers even deeper into the hearts and minds of the rich array of characters introduced in Ta-Nehisi’s groundbreaking story and further positions them for greatness within the Marvel Universe.”
The series promises to expand further on more characters from Wakanda and the surrounding nations as it continues, serving as a key companion title to Coates’ current Black Panther series.
The first issue, set to hit shelves in November, will also feature a 10-page backup story co-written by Yona Harvey (Hemming the Water) and Coates with artwork by Afua Richardson. This story will focus on Zenzi, the mysterious and powerful co-leader of The People, the rebel group that is responsible for much of the strife and chaos seen in the current Black Panther series.
Speaking abour the backup story, Harvey said “Intelligent and willful, Zenzi’s intimate knowledge of her home and its people drives her belief that her way of revolution will correct the current path of Wakanda. This is the story of how Erik Killmonger’s creation learned to master her powers of persuasion at a young age and ultimately use them against the monarchy: only The People can lead the people.”