While we have to wait nearly a month for the April 6 digital release of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ forthcoming “Black Panther” reboot, the acclaimed writer just offered an extensive preview of things to come.
Coates published his preview, which appears in The Atlantic’s April issue, on the magazine’s website. It features stunning panels from the upcoming “Black Panther #1,” as well as sample concepts Coates and comic artist Brian Stelfreeze used to create the upcoming Marvel reboot. Coates also described the comic’s genesis and themes at length, commenting on the importance of comic books in his own life as well:
Some of the best days of my life were spent poring over the back issues of “The Uncanny X-Men” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” As a child of the crack-riddled West Baltimore of the 1980s, I found the tales of comic books to be an escape, another reality where, very often, the weak and mocked could transform their fallibility into fantastic power. That is the premise behind the wimpy Steve Rogers mutating into Captain America, behind the nerdy Bruce Banner needing only to grow angry to make his enemies take flight, behind the bespectacled Peter Parker being transfigured by a banal spider bite into something more.
Check out the preview here.