Marvel Comics Announces Def Jam Collaboration for ‘Black Panther’
Marvel Comics has taken a step toward both inclusion and the celebration of the powerful voices of black creatives in today’s entertainment industry with a newly announced collaboration including both Marvel and famed record company, Def Jam records.
The partnership is a wonderful step forward for two brands who have each left an undeniable mark on both the entertainment industry as it pertains to visual media, experiential entertainment, and the music industry.
The partnership will seek to use storylines created by young, and colored voices in association with Def Jam Records, in the hope of doing so and allowing their perspective to fuel one of Marvel’s pinnacle characters.
Dej Jam artists such as Saint Bodhi, Bobby Sessions, and Kaash Paige, will be tasked with writing three separate Black Panther stories.
These will accumulate to the finale of the much anticipated and heavily beloved intergalactic empire saga from the widely respected duo of Nehisi Coats and Daniel Acuna.
The partnership is in celebration of black history month, and who better to allow creative people of color to write for than perhaps the most prevalent superhero of color; the Black Panther.
The king of the fictional nation of Wakanda has remained a staple in Marvel comics and is a widely adored hero in the community.
Not only has the character seen immense success in the realm of comic books for over five decades, but he was incredibly popular in the release of both the film incarnation of the character and the following Avengers films for which T’Challa appears.
The character was brought to life by adored actor Chadwick Boseman, who, sadly, is unable to witness the incredible connection T’Chala has made with film fans everywhere.
The three Def Jam artists will present three different stories, with a focus on three different characters present in the universe.
Saint Bodhi will focus on the mutant wife of T’Challa and queen to the Wakandan empire, Storm. Bobby Sessions will focus on developing a story about T’Challa. While Kaash Paige writes a story about T’Challa’s brilliant and capable sister Shuri, and her place in the ever-growing kingdom.
The newest issue of Black Panther’s Intergalactic Saga releases February 24th.