Ta-Nehisi Coates is a celebrated journalist, award-winning author and dogged defender of social justice. Now he can add one more win to that impressive resume: Marvel Comics author.

Coates will write the script for a new Black Panther series from Marvel that is set to debut in the spring of 2016, with art by Brian Stelfreeze. It’ll be a big year for the Marvel superhero, with actor Chadwick Boseman commandeering T’Challa’s big screen debut in Captain America: Civil War.

Coates’ year-long Black Panther story arc, “A Nation Under Our Feet,” borrows its title from a 2003 Steven Hahn book, which follows the African-American journey during the six decades after slavery was abolished in the United States. The Black Panther arc sees a superhuman terrorist group known as the People instigating dissent in Wakanda, the small African nation that Black Panther presides over as king. Read more…

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Marvel locks in Ta-Nehisi Coates to write ‘Black Panther’ comics