BLACK PANTHER's OKOYE, AYO, ANEKA Get Spotlight in WAKANDA FOREVER

Wakanda Forever
Credit: Terry Dodson/Rachel Dodson (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Terry Dodson/Rachel Dodson (Marvel Comics)

Three new one-shots coming this summer from Marvel Comics will sptlight Okoye, Ayo, Aneka, and the Dora Milaje. Branded as Wakanda Forever, Marvel editor Wil Moss announced the series via Twitter, saying it will begin in June with Amazing Spider-Man: Wakanda Forever, then X-Men: Wakanda Forever in July, and Avengers: Wakanda Forever in Augut.

Nnedi Okorafor is slated to write all three issues, with Terry and Rachel Dodson doing covers. Alberto Alburquerque will draw Amazing Spider-Man: Wakanada Forever; the interior artists for the other two issues have not been announced.

“Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him,” Okorafor told Vogue. “Now you’re going to see the Dora Miljae for the first time as an independent entity; they’re not under the shadow of the throne.”

Moss describes these three issues both as "one-shots" and a "three-part story."

According to Marvel, the first one-shot, "brings the Dora Milaje out of their vibranium city and into New York in the first of a three-part story when a Wakandan threat falls upon Manhattan – and they meet webslinger Peter Parker!"

“I’m super excited about writing this storyline. Powerful disciplined African women with futuristic spears who faced their shortcomings and changed a nation? Oh heck yeah, I’m so there,” continued Okorafor. “Fans of the Dora Milaje can look forward to seeing them out in the world beyond T’Challa and the Wakandan throne’s shadow. They’ll get to see the Dora Milaje come into their own, while teaming up with the unexpected.”

“As millions of moviegoers now know (and as comic readers already knew!), the Dora Milaje are the absolute coolest. And the rest of the Marvel Universe is about to learn this too when Okoye, Ayo and Aneka leave Wakanda on an adventure that will see them team up with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers,” added Moss. “Nnedi Okorafor and a talented team of artists will be telling one Dora Milaje story that runs through these three separate Wakanada Forever one-shots. We’re lucky to have Nnedi on board for this --- she’s an incredible novelist, and her recent Black Panther: Long Live the King digital series proved that she’s a great comic book writer too. She’s come up with a crazy-tough problem for the Dora Milaje to solve --- but if anyone can, it’s these crazy-tough women.”

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