Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American based afro-futuristic writer. She has been contracted by Marvel to write the new comic series which will focus on Black Panther‘s technologically innovative sister, Shuri. She took to her social media to confirmed that she has been she’s begun writing.
Okorafor the news on Twitter on Tuesday while unveiling a teaser poster for the forthcoming comics book.
Here is the illustration for the first issue of Shuri (written by me, art by @Leo__Romero). I love it soooooo much!
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) July 18, 2018
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💥Marvel has given Shuri (sister of T’Challa) her own comic series…and I [Nnedi Okorafor] am writing it. Yup! 🤓!! Shuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she's seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her “Ancient Future”. And she's super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more. #wakandaforever 🙅🏾♀️ #nnediokorafor #marvel #shuri
Bustle also confirmed that the brand new comics series focused on Shuri will be launched in October 2018. According to the report, the comics series will focus on “Shuri’s journey in the face of a tragic event”.
The brand new series will be available in October 2018 and will focus on Shuri’s journey in the face of a tragic event: Black Panther is lost in a mission in space, leaving Wakandans asking questions about who should lead in his absence. As his little sister, and the next in line for the throne, Shuri is pulled from her happy place (her lab full of impossibly genius, high-tech gadgets) and into a much heftier role. According to the official Marvel synopsis, “Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.”
Nnedi Okorafor will work closely with Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero to bring the Shuri comics to life.