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Black Panther’s sister Shuri stars in new Marvel series

A new comic book series featuring Shuri, the tech-wiz sister of the Black Panther, is officially coming this fall from Marvel comics and author Nnedi Okorafor. 

Okorafor announced Wednesday on social media that she was finishing up the draft of the second issue. She also posted cover art of the first issue in the series: 


Expected to debut in October, the Shuri series will focus on Shuri’s journey after the Black Panther goes missing in space, according to Marvel’s official announcement: "Shuri will bring a domestic conflict to the princess's table -- while she is the most at home in her lab, working to keep her country at the forefront of science and technology, Wakanda is missing its leader. Without T'Challa around, Shuri will have to decide if she will forego her own passions in order to stand up for her nation.” 

Okorafor is an award winning science fiction author who has already contributed to Black Panther stories including Black Panther: Long Live the King. Her three-part series, Wakanda Forever: Amazing Spider-Man which paired Wakanda’s female warriors -- the Dora Milaje -- with Marvel heroes was released in June.

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On social media, Okorafor took issue with websites suggesting she was helping to write the series.

 “I’m not “helping to write” this. I’m *writing* this. I just finished writing a draft of issue 2 and, trust me, I know what I did. That wasn’t any “helping to write”. Mscheeeeew,” she wrote.

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Artist, Leonardo Romero, whose work can be seen in Immortal Hulk, will be the illustrator for the series.

Marvel will release more details about Shuri at San Diego Comic-Con during Marvel's Next Big Thing panel which takes place on July 21. 

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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.

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