Writer John Ridley and artist Juann Cabal launch T’Challa’s next revolutionary chapter this summer with a new Black Panther series due in August.
As Black Panther’s intergalactic saga makes its conclusion next Wednesday, Marvel Comics has revealed that the next chapter for T’Challa, Wakanda, and the Marvel Universe will begin this summer. Officially announced by The New York Times in an exclusive interview, writer John Ridley will helm Marvel’s next Black Panther comic book series alongside Marvel’s Stormbreaker artist Juann Cabal, beginning with Black Panther #1 this August.
Building from the epic last chapter of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ groundbreaking multi-year Black Panther run in Black Panther #25 next week, Ridley will kick off an action-packed espionage story that will impact everything in T’Challa’s life and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe.
‘In this new ongoing series, secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him. Fresh from returning from his adventures in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent. T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything…’
“It’s a hybrid espionage-superhero thriller, but at its core, it’s a love story,” Ridley told NYT. “And I don’t mean just romantic love, although there’s some of that as well. It’s love between friends.
“We’re coming out of a summer where we saw Black people fighting for our rights, standing up, fighting in ways that we haven’t had to do in years,” Ridley added. “And it was really important to me after the year we had where we can have these conversations with Black people and we can use words like love and caring and hope and regret and all these really fundamental emotions that everybody has.”