Marvel Comics Launches New Origin Story Series ‘Marvel Legends: Black Panther’
Marvel Comics is launching Marvel Legends: Black Panther — a new limited comic book series that dives into Black Panther’s origin in a story by acclaimed author Tochi Onyebuchi and New York Times-bestselling illustrator Setor Fiadzigbey.
Marvel Legends: Black Panther, ideal for young fans and loyal readers alike, explores the moments that make T’Challa who he is, from his adventurous upbringing to his walkabout as a teen, to when he first invites the Fantastic Four into Wakanda. As each chapter unfolds, new pieces of T’Challa’s character will be revealed and the Black Panther will emerge. The series’ unique approach to action, art style, and universal storytelling make it easy to bring younger audiences and new fans into the Marvel Universe.
When the book launches, creator Tochi Onyebuchi says “We meet T’Challa at a very young and impressionable age. He’s still figuring out his place in Wakanda as well as Wakanda’s place in the world. How that interacts with his sense of duty gives us the major throughline of his journey in this series.” Onyebuchi also said he’s interested in exploring Black Panther’s life beyond the first issue. “With this series, I want to get a deeper look at Black Panther’s family life. From a very young age, T’Challa is forced to deal with his family being under attack, and every figure has a major impact on his life and worldview. How does his family life inform the way he grows into who he will become?”
Starting with Black Panther, the Marvel Legends comic book series will be a way for fans and new readers to discover different marquee Marvel characters and learn what makes them a hero – often before the iconic moments many fans know. For fans who have followed the comics for years, these series will expand upon the origin stories of the heroes they know – and serve as the perfect line of titles to share with others to introduce them to the Marvel Universe.
Marvel Comics Senior Editor Lauren Bisom knew Black Panther was the right character to kick off the new Marvel Legends series. “T’Challa is such an iconic figure and was one of Marvel’s earliest characters. Despite such a rich back catalogue of stories, however, there isn’t a whole ton of comics that share his early canonical adventures specifically for younger readers,” said Bisom. “Marvel Legends gave us the opportunity to retell some of his seminal stories while presenting them in a super accessible format! As each chapter unfolds, new pieces ofT’Challa’s character will be revealed and the Black Panther will emerge.”
Marvel Legends: Black Panther launches October 2021.