Last year I was offered the opportunity to script an 11-issue series of Black Panther, for Marvel. The Black Panther—who, when he debuted in an issue of Fantastic Four, in 1966, was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics—is the alter ego of T’Challa, the king of Wakanda, a mythical and technologically advanced African country.
This seems like it could be really awesome. The Black Panther is a character I have wanted to like and appreciate but haven’t really found to be as enticing or exciting as I would have hoped. Hypothetically this character, who has a Batman-esque feel (two separate lives, one very public, the other darker and in the shadows), would be up there with my favorites (as the Dark Knight is), so I am hoping that Coates’ take is a strong and interesting as his other work.