Shuri, sister of the fictional Black Panther and icon for women of color in STEM, is set to take on her own adventure in a new comic series, according to an exclusive report from Bustle.
The series will follow Shuri after the Black Panther is lost in space, leaving her with the heavy decision to step up and lead Wakanda or remain comfortable working on new technology.
Cover I painted for Marvel’s “Shuri” (Black Panther’s genius sister) written by the incredible @Nnedi. This'll also be my 1st ongoing comic series as Marvel brought me on to tackle cover art for every issue in the 1st arc so … gotta lotta beads & braids to draw. pic.twitter.com/ObaoWpI9yU
— Sam Spratt (@SamSpratt) July 18, 2018
Award-winning afrofuturist writer Nnedi Okorafor is tasked with bringing the series to life. Okorafor has already contributed to the Black Panther universe, having written smaller follow-up series Black Panther: Long Live the King and Wakanda Forever.
Okorafor expressed her excitement for the project in an email to Bustle: “[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology…and she’s super ambitious,” she said. “What do I love about her? Alllll that and more.”
When the Black Panther film debuted in February, Shuri– played by Letitia Wright– was a quick favorite among viewers, most notably for her representation of Black women in STEM. Blavity recently reported on a partnership between Wright and Shell to highlight young women in STEM.
“You don’t have to be a superhero to get into STEM…”
Wright said in an interview with London’s Evening Standard. “Look at Shuri in Black Panther — without the costume, she’s just an amazing young girl that loves creating and inventing stuff to shape her future and to move her culture forward.”
The series is confirmed to be available in October 2018.