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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ BLACK PANTHER Series Brings Back THE CREW

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ BLACK PANTHER Series Brings Back THE CREW

For most of 2016, Ta-Nehisi Coates expanded the reach of Marvel’s Black Panther with a relaunched ongoing series that paved the way for the World of Wakanda spinoff by Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey. Now, Coates is adding another new Black Panther series to his corner of the Marvel Universe, and he’s bringing back the Crew!

Long time comic book fans may recall that The Crew was originally a spinoff from Christopher Priest‘s Black Panther run in 2003. While speaking with Time, Coates revealed that he wanted to bring back all of the characters from that book before discovering that Marvel had placed some of them off limits. That’s why the Black Panther and the Crew ongoing series will instead feature a new team: Misty Knight, Storm, Luke Cage, Manifold, and the Black Panther himself. Coates is co-writing the book with Harvey, and while Marvel hasn’t announced the artist, the company did debut some art by Butch Guice that features the main characters in their civilian identities. It also appears to be heavily influenced by Cage and Knight’s appearances on the Marvel Netflix shows.

Black Panther and the Crew designs

John Cassaday’s first cover image from the series also prominently features Knight, which suggests that she may be the focal point for this series. We’ve certainly felt that she’s been ready for the spotlight for a long time, and it’s nice to see her get the recognition.

Black Panther and the Crew 1 cover

The new series will be set in Harlem, and most of the leading characters in this book have a connection to that neighborhood. Coates revealed to Time that the opening storyline will deal with the fallout after an activist dies in police custody, but he was quick to say “this is in the air. It’s not like I looked at a Black Lives Matter protest and was like, ‘Hey, I want to write a comic about that.’ But you’re confronted with it every day. So when I sat down to think about what is this story with four black protagonists about, and you start scribbling, that rises up. The events of the day are with me. It seemed like an opportunity to do something. It becomes clear in the first issue that the activist is not just an activist. There’s something more going on there.”

Marvel will release Black Panther and the Crew # 1 later this year.

What do you think about the newest Black Panther series? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!

Images: Marvel Comics

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