Shuri, the smartest person in Wakanda and sister to the missing Black Panther, is getting her own series from Marvel. Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death, Binti, Akata) will write the series, which will be illustrated by Eisner-nominee Leonardo Romero (Hawkeye). Sam Spratt covers the first issue, which is due in stores in October.

Shuri spins off from the events of the recently relaunched Black Panther (see “Marvel's 'Fresh Start' Begins With 'Avengers,' 'Venom,' and 'Black Panther'”), which imagines an intergalactic empire of Wakanda. In the series, Shuri must choose between her duties and her research after her bother King T’Challa is lost in space.

Okorafor, who has won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, isn’t new to the Black Panther universe. She wrote Black Panther: Long Live the King, a digital series that was recently released in trade. She is also writing a series of one shots spotlighting the Dora Milaje (see “The Dora Milaje Break Out in 'Wakanda Forever'”).

Okorafor also has another October comics release, LaGuardia from Dark Horse’s Berger Books imprint (see “Humans and Aliens Travel Through 'LaGuardia'”).