Throughout comic book history, the existence of black characters have been very scarce. When you add in a requirement that those black characters have depth and maybe take the lead, they become harder to find. But when you then add the criterion that they also be a woman? Well, there is only one character who fits the mold that most people can recite from memory.
Storm, of the X-Men, has been the benchmark for mainstream black women comic book characters for decades until Marvel delivered us Misty Knight in the Luke Cage series and Shuri, Princess of Wakanda and sister to King T’Challa, in the Black Panther series.
Now, Marvel is taking it one step further and giving Princess Shuri her own comic book! Coming in October 2018, the series will focus on Shuri’s journey after Black Panther is lost in space and Wakandans facing questions on who their leader will be. The best part of this series, however, is that it will also be written by an award winning black woman writer! Nigerian-American Nnedi Okorafor has already penned stories in the Black Panther story arch and her novel, Who Fears Death, is currently being developed into an HBO series that will be executive produced by George R.R. Martin.