Now that you have read the headline and finished screaming like a rabid fan girl and wiping those tears, let us get back to the task at hand. Black Panther has a new series on the way. The writer of said series is the second black writer to be hired by Marvel Comics since 2009. Now that alone would be reason to be excited but I can hear the collective moans globally…who is Ta-Nehisi Coates? Well here is a bit of background before we get back to the Black Panther series excitement:
“Ta-Nehisi Coates born September 30, 1975) is an American writer, journalist, and educator. Coates is a National Correspondent for The Atlantic, where he writes about cultural, social and political issues, particularly as regards African-Americans.”
That’s from Wikipedia (I know that’s lazy reporting…sue me I’m tired!)
Now he’s an interesting pick for writing Black Panther for a number of reasons,great writer,highly controversial, aware of race and it’s importance etc. I wish Ta-Nehisi Coates all the best and leave you with these quotes from the his nytimes article:
“A Nation Under Our Feet,” the yearlong story line written by Mr. Coates and drawn by Brian Stelfreeze, is inspired by the 2003 book of the same title by Steven Hahn. It will find the hero dealing with a violent uprising in his country set off by a superhuman terrorist group called the People. “It’s going to be a story that repositions the Black Panther in the minds of readers,”
Mr. Coates’s enthusiasm for Marvel started when he was a boy. Marvel was “an intimate part of my childhood and, at this point, part of my adulthood,” he said. “It was mostly through pop culture, through hip-hop, through Dungeons & Dragons and comic books that I acquired much of my vocabulary.”
Mr. Coates, 39, began reading comics in the mid-1980s and was introduced to three minority characters: Storm, the leader of the X-Men; Monica Rambeau, who had taken on the name Captain Marvel; and James Rhodes, who was Iron Man. “They were obviously black,” he recalled, but it was not made into a big deal. Still, he said: “I’m sure it meant something to see people who looked like me in comic books. It was this beautiful place that I felt pop culture should look like.”
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