Literary star’s comic hit
Celebrated US author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ debut graphic novel, Black Panther, has sold out in the UK and has sold more than 250 000 copies in a month in the US, making it the bestselling comic in the US this year.
Black Panther revives T’Challa, the fierce leader of the fictional African nation of Wakanda and arguably the first mainstream black superhero.
In the graphic novel, T’Challa faces “dramatic upheaval” in Wakanda as a superhuman terrorist group known as The People causes a violent uprising.
The success of Coates’ first edition follows that of T’Challa as the break-out star of the latest Captain America release, and is an excellent indicator of what is to come for the impending solo Black Panther film in 2018.
With a MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” behind him, a National Book Award in the can and 12 more issues left to release this year, it looks like it’s going to be Coates’ year. – Garreth van Niekerk