*Marvel has announced a new spinoff of its Black Panther comic to focus on Shuri, the sister of the hero and ruler of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
“Shuri,” to begin in October, will be written by Nnedi Okorafor, a fantasy and science fiction author, and drawn by Leonardo Romero, according to the website Bustle.
Shuri made her premiere in the Black Panther comic in 2005, but her portrayal in the “Black Panther” film this year, portrayed by Letitia Wright, brought new attention to the character, who is a scientific marvel that supplies her brother with gadgets.
In May, a new Black Panther series, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and drawn by Daniel Acuña, had the title hero venture into outer space, leaving the nation of Wakanda leaderless. In the Shuri series, his sister will ascend to the throne and rule in his absence.
Read more details below from the New York Times:
Spinoffs from the Black Panther series, which Coates began writing in April 2016, have had limited success. Last year, Black Panther and the Crew, which began in April and was written by Mr. Coates and the poet Yona Harvey, lasted only six issues. Another spinoff, World of Wakanda, which was written by Ms. Harvey and the feminist writer Roxane Gay, and began in December 2016, also lasted only six issues.
Ms. Okorafor is no stranger to the world of Black Panther. In December, she wrote a six-issue biweekly series, Black Panther: Long Live the King, with artwork by André Lima Araújo, about a monster terrorizing Wakanda. A review of the first issue on the website Black Nerd Problems, gave it 8.4 out of 10 Simbas.