Marvel Comics has shared a preview of the upcoming Black Panther comic written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic (Coates is a contributing editor for the magazine), along with the author’s meditative essay on the craft of comic writing.

Coates discusses his thoughts on the uniqueness of the comics medium and his own history with it before delving into how he approached the story. “In Black Panther there is a simpler question: Can a good man be a king, and would an advanced society tolerate a monarch?” Coates said. “The Black Panther I offer pulls from the archives of Marvel and the character’s own long history. But it also pulls from the very real history of society—from the pre-colonial era of Africa, the peasant rebellions that wracked Europe toward the end of the Middle Ages, the American Civil War, the Arab Spring, and the rise of ISIS.”

 The series is written by Coates and illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (see “Marvel Shares More 'Black Panther' Series Details”). The story details dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther's struggle to do right by his people as their ruler.

While the circulation of The Atlantic is modest, its willingness to cover comics in a serious way (albeit in somewhat of a special case;) is notable.

(See four page preview below.)