For its second arc, Marvel’s “Black Panther” series from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will see a new artist enter Wakanda. Eisner-award winner Chris Sprouse (“Tom Strong,” “Thors”) will team-up with Coates for the tale, and Marvel.com has given fans their first look at Sprouse’s art for the series. Sprouse will make his debut on the title with August’s “Black Panther” #5, pages from which can be seen below.
In the art’s accompanying interview, Sprouse spoke of the pressure he feels following artist Brian Stelfreeze on such a widely-read book. “[I feel] enormous amounts of pressure! I’m a big fan of [original artist Brian Stelfreeze’s] work, so I want to do my best with the world and characters he’s designed,” said Sprouse. “When I take on any series or story, I also try to make the writer happy and give him or her exactly what they’ve written and want to see, so I’m trying to do my best by Ta-Nehisi as well. There’s also the added pressure of turning out artwork good enough that no fans will miss Brian too much while he’s away.”
Stelfreeze is expected to return to the book for its third arc. When Sprouse’s involvement was revealed in June, editor Will Moss said the book “still very much” belongs to Stelfreeze. Colorist Laura Martin will also be involved throughout.
“Black Panther” #5 is scheduled for release on August 10.
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