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Marvel Comics taps John Ridley for new 'Black Panther' series launching August 2021
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Marvel Comics taps John Ridley for new ‘Black Panther’ series launching August 2021

John Ridley and Juann Cabal are kicking off a new espionage-superhero thriller focus for ‘Black Panther’ this August.

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Today, Marvel Comics has officially announced who will be replacing Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther, and it’s none other than Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley. Set for release this August, Ridley will be joined by Juann Cabal. Coates’ run on the series ends next week and this new series will build off the epic extra-sized last issue.

“It’s a hybrid espionage-superhero thriller, but at its core, it’s a love story,” Ridley told The New York Times. “And I don’t mean just romantic love, although there’s some of that as well. It’s love between friends.”

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“We’re coming out of a summer where we saw Black people fighting for our rights, standing up, fighting in ways that we haven’t had to do in years,” Ridley added. “And it was really important to me after the year we had where we can have these conversations with Black people and we can use words like love and caring and hope and regret and all these really fundamental emotions that everybody has.”

Check out the gorgeous cover that’ll grace the series relaunch below by Alex Ross.

Black Panther John Ridley Alex Ross

For more on this news, read the official Marvel press release below.

New York, NY— May 18, 2021 — As Black Panther’s intergalactic saga makes its stunning conclusion next Wednesday, Marvel Comics has revealed that the next thrilling chapter for T’Challa, Wakanda, and the Marvel Universe will begin this summer! Officially announced today by The New York Times in an exclusive interview, Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) will helm Marvel’s next Black Panther comic book series alongside Marvel’s Stormbreaker artist Juann Cabal (Guardians of the Galaxy), beginning with BLACK PANTHER #1 this August.

Building from the epic last chapter of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ groundbreaking multi-year Black Panther run in BLACK PANTHER #25 next week, Ridley will kick off an action-packed espionage story that will impact everything in T’Challa’s life and have ramifications for the entire Marvel Universe!

In this new ongoing series, secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him. Fresh from returning from his adventures in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent. T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent, but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything…

“It’s a hybrid espionage-superhero thriller, but at its core, it’s a love story,” Ridley told The New York Times. “And I don’t mean just romantic love, although there’s some of that as well. It’s love between friends.

“We’re coming out of a summer where we saw Black people fighting for our rights, standing up, fighting in ways that we haven’t had to do in years,” Ridley added. “And it was really important to me after the year we had where we can have these conversations with Black people and we can use words like love and caring and hope and regret and all these really fundamental emotions that everybody has.”

Don’t miss Black Panther’s historic moment in BLACK PANTHER #25 next week, and be sure to pick up BLACK PANTHER #1 when it hits stands this August! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more details.

BLACK PANTHER #1

Written by JOHN RIDLEY 

Art by JUANN CABAL

Cover by ALEX ROSS

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