Marvel has announced a new ongoing Black Panther series, written by the red hot journalist/author Ta-Nehisi Coates, launching next spring, The New York Times is reporting. The series will illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Domino, Matador, Shadow of the Bat cover artist).

Coates will pen a yearlong storyline: “A Nation Under Our Feet” inspired by the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Steven Hahn.  The plot will see T’Challa dealing with an uprising in his native Wakanda, perpetrated by a superhuman terrorist group. Both the regular Issue #1 cover and the hip-hop variant cover (inspired by Jay Z’s The Black Album) will be drawn by Stelfreeze.

Hip-hop variant
Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and recently released Between the World and Me, a letter to his son on being black in America. The book was recently nominated for the National Book Award’s nonfiction prize.

The Black Panther will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War (see “Choosing Sides for 'Civil War'”), a set-up for a solo film scheduled for 2018 (see “'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' 'Inhumans' Movies”).