In recent years, comics (as well as movies) has realized that there are more cultures than simply white Anglos. Of course, in recent years, many of the reboots of comic titles have focused on The Avengers, Spider-Man and X-Men. Marvel has begun launching new titles featuring diverse characters, but they had enough old characters that deserved a return to comic retailers. With his solo Marvel movie coming out soon, Marvel is bringing back Black Panther.
During his Axel-in-Charge column on ComicBook Resources, Alonso was speaking up about diversity in comic books and priming the post Secret Wars universe and dropped a name that many people have not heard, in regards to a solo title, in quite a long time.
“The entire comic book industry benefits from greater diversity, my editors — who are very racially diverse, by the way — know that, and you’ll see that throughout the ‘All-New, All-Different Marvel’ [initiative] that continues through February. I am very excited about the stuff we have planned — especially ‘The Totally Awesome Hulk’ and ‘Black Panther.’ Yes, Black Panther.”
As of right now, there is no creative team attached to the comic but that is not surprising. Marvel, as well as DC, usually announce titles before they have locked down a creative team. Marvel did launch two solo efforts for the character in both 2009 and 2011, both of which ended after 12 issues.
Even though the character was shown in the “All-New, All-Different Marvel” teaser, he along with Red Wolf were characters left out of having their own series. Yes, it means that Marvel is trying to bring the character back to their comic line-up, with the movie coming out next year. It will be nice to see King T-Challa back on the page again.