In 2016, Roxane Gay became one of the first black women to write a comic at Marvel as part of the creative team of Black Panther: World of Wakanda, which also featured co-writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Alitha Martinez, covers by Afua Richardson, and Yona Harvey on a backup story in the first issue. However, as Bleeding Cool reported last month, a new creative team joined that book for a one-issue story in Marvel's April solicitations. We asked Marvel for comment at that time, but they were unable to talk about the creative team on future issues at that time, telling us to "look for more info on that in the coming weeks." However, they also gave no indication that we were looking at the end of the series, saying, "As the title of the series suggests, World of Wakanda aims to expand on many of the characters and stories from the main Black Panther series."
Marvel's May solicits are out now, and in addition to several other missing series pointed out by Bleeding Cool earlier, it seems that there is no new issue of Black Panther: World of Wakanda at all. We do have a solicit for a trade paperback collecting all six issues, including the one-off by Coates, Rembert Browne, and Joe Bennett.
BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA VOL. 1 —
DAWN OF THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS TPB
Written by TA-NEHISI COATES, ROXANE GAY, YONA HARVEY & REMBERT BROWNE
Penciled by ALITHA E. MARTINEZ, AFUA RICHARDSON & JOE BENNETT
Cover by AFUA RICHARDSON
Wakanda! Home of the Black Panther, a proud and vibrant nation whose legends and mysteries run deep. Now, delve deep into Wakanda's lore with a love story where tenderness is matched by brutality! You know them as the Midnight Angels, but for now they are just Ayo and Aneka — young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown of Wakanda at all costs. But with their king shamed and their queen killed, Ayo and Aneka must take justice into their own hands! They've been officers. Rebels. Lovers. But can they be leaders? Plus: the return of former White Tiger, Kasper Cole! As Wakanda burns, Cole can only watch helplessly from halfway around the world. Will he find a new beginning — or meet a painful end? Collecting BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1-6.
144 PGS./Rated T …$17.99
But no new issue of the regular series. Is it canceled? On hiatus? Getting a relaunch later?
Harvey is co-writing Black Panther: The Crew with Coates:
BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #2
TA-NEHISI COATES & YONA HARVEY (W) • BUTCH GUICE (A)
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Variant Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
STORM COMES TO HARLEM!
• Misty Knight continues investigating how and why Ezra Keith, a Harlem community pillar and civil rights activist, died in police custody, now with the help of one of Ezra's former protégés, STORM of the X-Men.
• The two women soon discover that the neighborhood is under siege by a threat much bigger than they'd imagined…
• Luckily, help arrives in the form of a friend from Storm's past.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
But what about Gay, Martinez, and Richardson? Will they be doing more work for Marvel in the future?
We asked Marvel for comment on the above questions, but they haven't responded at this publishing time. We'll update you if and when they do.