After debuting in the pages of Jason Aaron's run on the Avengers, Black Panther's under-the-radar task force, the Agents of Wakanda, will step out of the shadows to star in a new series.
Written by Jim Zub and illustrated by Lan Medina, Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda will take Wasp, Okoye, Ka-Zar, Gorilla-Man and the other members of the Avengers support staff against some of the darkest threats in the Marvel Universe.
"Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda is Kirby-fueled Mission: Impossible in the Marvel Universe," Zub told Marvel.com. "It's over-the-top action and unexpected twists with a cast of characters pulled from strange places in the Marvel Comics canon. This is a strike force of misfits and monsters tasked with defending humanity and that gives me the freedom to tell a huge range of stories—serious and sadistic, epic and emotional."
Zub also discussed what makes the Agents of Wakanda different from Marvel's other super teams.
"Black Panther is Chairman of the Avengers and also leader of the nation of Wakanda and that's a mix of super heroics and politics that puts foreign governments in an uneasy position," he said. "The global support the Avengers took for granted no longer exists, so T’Challa realized he needed to assemble a “ground crew” to handle intelligence gathering and ops that used to be dealt with by S.H.I.E.L.D. and other espionage agencies around the world. That's where the Agents of Wakanda come in. Under Okoye’s supervision, this cadre is tasked with dangerous quick response missions on Earth or even in other realities, gathering information about and defending the planet from threats both known and unknown.
Zub also teased the threats readers can expect as Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda moves on.
"The initial slate of missions I pitched to editor Wil Moss included some really out-there elements: obscure Marvel creatures, off-the-wall connection points between old and new stories, and brand-new villains I've had jangling around in my mind for quite a while. The fact that Wil responded enthusiastically to all of it and dared me to up the ante even more got me excited about where we can take this series," Zub added.
"Around the world, other worlds, other dimensions, cosmic calamities, and unexpected guest stars—sure, why not? I want readers to come to each issue primed for excitement but never quite sure of where we might take things next."
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda goes on sale in Sept.