According to The New York Times, Author, Educator and Feminist Roxane Gay is set to write a new Marvel comic book titled World of Wakanda, a companion story to the series and upcoming film Black Panther set for a November release. Poet Yona Harvey will help to complete the series.
“My agent was not thrilled that I was taking on another project,” Gay told The New York Times. “But she said writing comics exercised a different creative muscle. “It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done, and I mean that in the best possible way.”
Author and national correspondent for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates, who wrote for the Black Panther series, also joins Gay and Harvey to write a book that follows two lovers, Ayo and Aneka. The two are former members of the Black Panther’s female security force Dora Milaje.
Gay said, “The opportunity to write black women and queer black women into the Marvel universe, there’s no saying no to that.”
Coates recruited both Harvey and Gay for the project saying that it was important to have women breathe life into the characters, as the women in Black Panther’s life are so important.
Coates said that he chose Gay because she read a zombie story at a conference two years ago that was surprising, unexpected and the coolest zombie story you ever want to see. And he felt, Harvey, his friend, would be a good fit because of his notion of how poetry correlates with comic books. “That’s just so little space, and you have to speak with so much power. I thought she’d be a natural.”
The news comes at a time when Marvel could use more black and women creators. Even when black characters are created, the writers of their stories are white.
Can’t wait to see what these talented women come up with!