Marvel Comics has added another celebrated writer and commentator to its roster of creators: Roxane Gay, best known for her 2014 collection of essays, "Bad Feminist." Gay will write "Black Panther: World of Wakanda" alongside current "Black Panther" series writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, himself a best-selling and acclaimed author. The series was first announced Friday afternoon during Marvel's segment of the Diamond Comics Retailer Presentation at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
"Black Panther: World of Wakanda," expected to debut in November, aims to focus on the larger world of the Coates-written "Black Panther" series, with the initial arc starring Ayo and Aneka -- the former Dora Milaje who are now known as The Midnight Angels. The story will serve as something of a prequel, showing how the two went rogue -- and fell in love with each other.
"It's the most bizarre thing I've ever done, and I mean that in the best possible way," Gay told The New York Times. "The opportunity to write black women and queer black women into the Marvel Universe, there's no saying no to that."
Poet Yona Harvey will also contribute to "Black Panther: World of Wakanda," with a 10-page backup story on Zenzi, who incited the riot in "Black Panther" #1. Coates recruited both Harvey and Gay to Marvel, as reported by the New York Times. No artist has yet been announced for "World of Wakanda," but "Genius" artist Afua Richardson illustrated the cover to issue #1. On Twitter, Gay revealed that Alitha E. Martinez will also illustrate covers.
Gay and Harvey are believed to be the first Black women writers to contribute to Marvel Comics. Gay addressed the situation on Twitter, writing, "It doesn't make sense that I am the first, in 2016. But I won't be the last." Gay also disclosed that she'll appear at Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada's Cup O' Joe panel at 3 p.m. Pacific this Saturday at Comic-Con.