Move over, T'Challa, there's a new superhero in Wakanda!
Marvel has announced that Black Panther breakout character and Wakandan princess Shuri is starring in her own Marvel series this October. Appropriately titled Shuri, the upcoming comic book series is written by Nnedi Okorafor with art by Leonardo Romero. The debut issue will get a variant cover by artists Carlos Pacheco and Rafael Fonteriz and colorist Laura Martin.
The new series sees Shuri stepping up to lead Wakanda after her older brother, T'Challa, is lost in the multiverse as seen in the pages of the new Black Panther relaunch by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Daniel Acuña. The advance solicitation information for the debut issue reads below:
"Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own."
The new development is not the first time Shuri has taken the Wakandan throne in her brother's absence. The 2009 relaunch of the Black Panther ongoing series by Hudlin and artist Ken Lashley saw Shuri take the throne and mantle of Black Panther following the Marvel crossover event Secret Invasion after T'Challa was rendered comatose after fighting the Spider-Man villain Morlun. With her brother missing, Shuri must reluctantly lead her people once again.
"[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she's seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda," explained Okorafor in an interview with Bustle. "The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she's super ambitious. What do I love about her? All that and more! She's a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me."
Okorafor had previously written Black Panther and the world of Wakanda in the miniseries Black Panther: Long Live the King and the upcoming Black Panther/X-Men crossover X-Men: Wakanda Forever scheduled to debut on July 25.
First created in the pages of 2005's Black Panther #2 by Hudlin and artist John Romita, Jr., Shuri is stepping back into the spotlight as Okorafor and Romero forge the future of Wakanda while honoring its past in the new series.