Fans will get their first look at a Wakanda without the protection or presence of T’Challa in October’s appropriately titled five issue mini-series, Wakanda.
Each issue will spotlight a different Wakandan character by a different creative team, starting with writer Stephanie Williams and artist Paco Medina’s take on Shuri. After T’Challa’s exile from Wakanda (which recently occurred in John Ridley’s current Black Panther series), T’Challa’s sister is forced to become one of the key defenders of the always embattled African nation.
Williams states that she’s always “…been such a huge fan of the Black Panther over the years, especially the evolution and expansion of the women of Wakanda. It’s truly an honor to kick off the new series with the Shuri story I wrote. I hope I can add to her and Wakanda’s already impressive lore.”
In addition to the main story, each issue of Wakanda will also contain a new “History of the Black Panthers” backup story by writer Evan Narcisse and artist Natacha Bustos. Narcisse is excited to get to work with Bustos on the back-up feature as he has “…been a fan of the charm and scale of Natacha Bustos’ work for a long time and am thrilled to collaborate with her on a new look at Wakanda’s history. The tale we’re telling will give readers a deeper look at how the Black Panthers of the past led the Unconquered Realm to glory and left a wondrous legacy that Emperor T’Challa still embodies.”
The timing of the new series will also coincide with Marvel’ Studios’ long awaited sequel to Black Panther, Wakanda Forever, in November, which will not feature the silver screen’s first Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, due to his untimely passing.
Stay tuned to Conskipper for more information on the subsequent issues and the creative teams for each. Look for issue one in stores on October 12.
For now, check out the standard cover by Mateus Manhanini and the variants by Artgerm and Nic Klein below.