Since it premiered in February, Black Panther has (rightfully) been hailed a Marvel masterpiece. There was a lot to love in the groundbreaking superhero movie — from incredible world-building to gorgeous special effects and a crazy talented cast. And many of us fell in love with the character of Shuri, aka Black Panther’s genius sister (portrayed by badass actress Letitia Wright). So naturally, we’re freaking out over news that Shuri will officially be getting her own comic book series in the Marvel Universe.
Bustle first reported the news on July 17th, revealing that Shuri will be a literal queen in the series. The tech whiz will be forced to take the throne while her older brother is lost on a space mission (as one does).
The comic will be written by Nnedi Okorafor — a Nigerian-American author whose African-based science fiction novels have received international praise. Aside from her novels and novellas, Okorafor is a Black Panther veteran. She co-authored the six issues of Black Panther: Long Live the King, according to the Marvel website.
And you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the comic much sooner than you might think. The series will reportedly be available starting in October.
Okorafor herself confirmed the news with a tweet on July 17th, adding that Leonardo Romero illustrated the comic. She even shared the cover of the first issue and wrote that it was created by Sam Spratt, who also designed the album cover of Janelle Monáe’s Electric Lady.
If you want more of the women of Wakanda before Shuri hits shelves, you can read the six-issue World of Wakanda spinoff, written by Roxane Gay and poet Yona Harvey. And of course, there’s the current Black Panther series, which has been running since 2016.
Is it October yet?