While it’s beyond tragic that the actor that so effortlessly embodied the Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, is gone, that doesn’t mean T’Challa is gone from the comics. This June, the king in exile returns in Black Panther #1 by Eve L. Ewing and artist Chris Allen.
“I am so excited for people to see this character design! T’Challa is going to be looking really different. It’s much more edgy and kind of homespun. It’s not so sleek and slick. Not giving too much away from the story, he’s trying not to be seen. He’s kind of working incognito,” Ewing said in a special interview on the TODAY show. “What I can say, honestly, is that we will be seeing Wakanda in a way that we have not seen it ever before.”
Below is the premise of the new series. Taken from Marvel’s most recent press release:
Banished from the throne and a fugitive in his own homelands, T’Challa still can’t leave Wakanda without its sworn protector. A king without a crown, he finds new purpose lurking the streets and shadows of the Wakandan city that bears his father’s name, BIRNIN T’CHAKA. New direction, new villains, new creative team – get in on the ground floor of Marvel’s next smash hit! Get a first look at the revamped design for T’Challa now.
Though it’s hard to follow in the footsteps of authors such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, John Ridley and more, here’s hoping Eve L. Ewing will do honor to the iconic character of T’Challa.
If you want to see what’s in store, be sure and check out Black Panther #1 this June.