Jungleaction23I’ve been a fan of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s for years, through his blog at The Atlantic, and very recently from reading his searing new book, Between the World and Me. He’s an out, proud nerd, among other things, and he’s been tapped by Marvel for a new version of the comic Black Panther. My first reaction was, awesome!, and my second, the right is eventually going to blow a gasket over that character’s name, ignoring how long the comic’s been around. But oh well …

From the New York Times:

Ta-Nehisi Coates can be identified in many ways: as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, as an author and, as of this month, as a nominee for the National Book Award’s nonfiction prize. But Mr. Coates also has a not-so-secret identity, as evidenced by some of his Atlantic blog posts and his Twitter feed: Marvel Comics superfan.

So it seems only natural that Marvel has asked Mr. Coates to take on a new Black Panther series set to begin next spring. Writing for that comics publisher is a childhood dream that, despite the seeming incongruity, came about thanks to his day job. “The Atlantic is a pretty diverse place in terms of interest, but there are no comics nerds,” besides himself, Mr. Coates said in an interview.

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