Ta-Nehisi Coates To Write Black Panther Comic For Marvel

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Marvel Comics has been promising more diversity in its new lineup, both in characters and creators, and today, the publisher announced that Ta-Nehisi Coates, an African-American writer and journalist for The Atlantic and well-respected voice on the African-American political and social issues, is writing Black Panther.

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The new comic book will be a part of Marvel Comics "All-New All-Different Marvel" initiative, with new first issues across the entire line and books starting for five or six months beginning in October 2015. The announement came from The New York Times after a couple of months of diversity controversy at the company.

Coates, a self-proclaimed Marvel Comics "superfan," got the opportunity thanks to him meeting Marvel editor Sana Amanat in his journalism role. Amanat helped push the diversity in comics in her work. She helped create the current Ms. Marvel, a teenage Muslim girl named Kamala Khan. Thanks to their conversation and Coates' pair of books about the African-American struggle, he met with Marvel Comics on a creative side to discuss about working on Black Panther's relaunch. He says he expects his Marvel comic to be similar to his other writing.

"I don't experience the stuff I write about as weight," Coates told The Times. "I feel a strong need to express something. The writing usually lifts the weight."

Coates hasn't said much about his story yet, aside from wanting "to make a great comic," and "trying to please the 12-year-old me". According to Marvel Comics, Coates will collaborate with a yet unnamed artist for a year-old story planned titled, ANation Under One Feet. For the story, Black Panther will be in Wakanda, dealing with an uprising instigated by a new terrorist group called The People. Marvel E-i-C Axel Alonso added that the story will "reposition the Black Panther in the minds of readers. It really moves him forward."