Roxane Gay Tapped To Pen New 'Black Panther' Comic Series

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The feminist writer is the first Black woman to write for the comic franchise.

Roxane Gay will be joining Ta-Nehisi Coates to further bring life to Marvel comic’s Black Panther.

The “Bad Feminist” author was tapped to write a Black Panther “companion” series — World of Wakanda— that will run alongside the storyline Coates will be writing, The New York Times reports.

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She will be working with poet Yona Harvey on the project.

“It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done, and I mean that in the best possible way,” she told the Times.

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Gay will use the opportunity to explore the lives of black women and queer black women. The storyline follows Ayo and Aneka, two former members of Black Panther’s female security force.

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“The women in Black Panther’s life are very, very important,” Coates said on why he recruited Gay and Harvey. The first issue of World of Wakanda will include a 10-page second story by Harvey about Zenzi, “a female revolutionary who incited a riot in the first issue of the Black Panther series.”  

The new series involves other black female writers and illustrators like Alitha Martinez and Afua Richardson.

It is expected this November.

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