The New York Times is reporting that Marvel is launching a new Black Panther series in 2016 written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze. Their year-long storyline is titled "A Nation Under Our Feet," and is reportedly inspired by Steven Hahn's book of the same name.
“It’s going to be a story that repositions the Black Panther in the minds of readers,” said Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso “It really moves him forward.”
In the story-arc, T'Challa will reportedly come into conflict with a superhuman terrorist group called the People that incites a violent uprising in Wakanda.
Coates is a journalist for The Atlantic, and has written two non-fiction books based on his life. The author is well-known as a superhero comic book reader, and said that he was invited to write Black Panther after he interviewed Marvel editor Sana Amanat. Although he's best known for writing mainstream non-fiction, Coates said his comic book debut won't be too different from the journalistic work he does.
"I don’t experience the stuff I write about as weighty,” said Coates. “I feel a strong need to express something. The writing usually lifts the weight. I expect to be doing the same thing for Marvel.”