‘World of Wakanda’ Should Be on the Top of Your List

Black Panther was a global success and has become a cultural phenomenon. Chadwick Boseman’s performance and Ryan Coogler’s directorial excellence left audiences wanting more.

T’Challa may be new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this hero’s story has been wowing audiences and breaking barriers since Stan Lee’s first release in the ’60s. The Black Panther comic series has pushed boundaries and captivated audiences for decades, and Stan Lee is not the only writer contributing to Wakanda.

Legendary writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy) and Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, Hunger) wrote a new Black Panther series, adding more beautiful characters and layers to Wakanda. Coates has written Black Panther stories before, and teaming up with Gay to create this love story adds more beauty to the Wakanda universe.

Black Panther: World of Wakanda explores the work, life, and relationships of the powerful Dora Milaje soldiers. These women defend the royal family; they answer to and fight alongside King T’Challa. This series follows two Dora Milaje soldiers, Aneka and Ayo, and their magnificent love story.

Aneka is Ayo’s superior and resistant to change. She is devoted to her job and doesn’t want distraction. Ayo is a promising soldier, passionate, and persistent. Aneka finds herself enraptured and distracted by Ayo, and readers are enraptured with their unfolding love story while fighting to protect Wakanda. This story is equal parts romantic and action-packed, a balance most comic writers struggle to find.

This short series tackles major subjects and tugs at the heartstrings. Following our heroines’ love story, this series discusses government roles and loyalty. Does one stay loyal to a king even if he is making poor choices? How does one react to a town leader abusing women, especially if he is a coworker’s father? These two women are navigating their new romance while making difficult decisions to defend the country they love.

You will fall in love with Aneka and Ayo and sympathize with their daunting task: defending the well-being of Wakanda and the royal family. Gay and Coates blend sweet and smart to make a perfect love story between two soldiers. Artfully structured and beautifully written, Black Panther: World of Wakanda needs to be on the top of your list, your shopping cart, your bedside table. Gay’s debut to the world of comics is not to be missed.

(image courtesy of  Marvel Comics, image link here)

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