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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Apologizes for “Black Panther” #3 Shipping Delays

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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Apologizes for “Black Panther” #3 Shipping Delays

The third issue of Marvel‘s high-profile new “Black Panther” series from “Between the World and Me” author Ta-Nehisi Coates and veteran comics artist Brian Stelfreeze will arrive in stores two weeks later than anticipated, and the author took to social media to apologize to fans for the delay.

“Just want to say sorry to all you loyal Wakandans out there,” Coates said via Twitter. “We are working really hard on this one.”

Two weeks is a relatively minor delay, but given the reputation earned by many other outsiders to commercial comics who have dabbled in the superhero market — when high-fanfare initial announcements are subsequently plagued by never-ending setbacks — Coates seemed to want to set the record straight and address fans’ concerns about his “A Nation Under Our Feet” arc early. “I never knew how hard producing comics were until I saw it from the inside. I can’t read books the same, anymore. My rage is a lot less,” he explained. “But that said, we want to be on time with you guys. And when we aren’t, it isn’t because we are trying to make you wait,” he said.

It seems unlikely that the delays were caused by Coates’ scripts, as Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso had previously indicated the writer has submitted all 11 scripts for this initial run of stories, but that doesn’t necessarily lay culpability at the feet of artist Stelfreeze either, as there are many layers of editorial production that drive periodical publishing, all with the potential to disrupt the tightly-wound schedule. Perhaps to avoid future delays, though, artist Chris Sprouse was brought in to draw the second “Black Panther” arc, with editor Will Moss saying the book “still very much” belongs to Stelfreeze, who will return for the third arc and provide covers throughout. Colorist Laura Martin will also be involved throughout.

But Coates wanted fans to know that, no matter the reason, no one was necessarily to blame for the hindrance to his super-political action thriller that features Marvel’s newest movie star. “It’s because human beings have limits.” Still, he was optimistic that the book will be worth the wait. “Anyway, hope you’ll stick around. Seriously. it’s big, long, epic tale. It WILL pay off. Guaranteed,” Coates teased, adding, “Don’t want to ruin that by rushing and effing up the quality of the book. Stick with us. We won’t let you down. T’Challa ain’t never lied.”

Originally slated for June 15, “Black Panther” #3 will be in stores June 29. Read Coates’ string of tweets below.

(H/T Bleeding Cool.)

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