Lit­er­ary star’s comic hit

CityPress - - Voices -

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

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