At the beginning of last month, Bleeding Cool asked if Ta-Nehisi Coates was writing a comic book for Marvel.
@tanehisicoates Heard that you had an interest in writing something for Marvel. Let's talk! firstname.lastname@example.org
— Tom Brevoort (@TomBrevoort) May 21, 2015
And he is. Marvel PR have told the New York Times that senior editor for The Atlantic, where his blog won him the 2012 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism, will be writing a new Black Panther comic book.
At first glance, it may seem odd for Mr. Coates to write a mainstream superhero comic. He has been lauded for his book "Between the World and Me," a passionate letter to his son on being black in America. But he does not see anything odd about it. "I don't experience the stuff I write about as weighty," he said. "I feel a strong need to express something. The writing usually lifts the weight. I expect to be doing the same thing for Marvel."
"A Nation Under Our Feet," the yearlong story line written by Mr. Coates and drawn by Brian Stelfreeze. It is inspired by the 2003 book by Steven Hahn and will find the hero dealing with a violent uprising in his country set off by a superhuman terrorist group called the People. "It's going to be a story that repositions the Black Panther in the minds of readers," Mr. Alonso said. "It really moves him forward."