Marvel Comics announced today, exclusively via Bustle, that Shuri, younger sister of Black Panther (T’Challa), will get her own solo series later this year. “Shuri,” written by Nnedi Okorafor and illustrated by Leonardo Romero, will debut in October.
Shuri, though a character for 13 years in comics, was the breakout character of Black Panther, as portrayed by Letitia Wright. Co-created by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr, Shuri is both a genius and a highly trained warrior and has, on more than one occasion, stood in for/replaced her brother as Black Panther.
A Nigerian born author of prose (including Who Fears Death, which is being adapted as an HBO series), Okorafor is no stranger to writing Wakanadan tales, having penned “Black Panther: Long Live The King,” as well as the “Amazing Spider-Man: Wakanda Forever” one-shot. She is joined by Romero, most recently of “Captain America” and “Hawkeye.” The promotional image distributed by Bustle shows Shuri alongside some of the biggest heroes in Marvel’s stable: Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Ant-Man. According to the Bustle piece, the series will deal, in part, with questions about Wakanda’s leadership while T’Challa is on a mission in space, as currently seen in “Black Panther.”